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Tech Veteran Farland Joins Gartner in Executive Partner Role

Christian Farland was a longtime tech leader in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, where he last served as chief information officer before moving to the private sector in 2022.

Former state technology executive Christian Farland has joined Gartner in the role of executive partner.

Christian Farland.
Christian Farland
Farland, based in the greater Sacramento area, had served as chief information officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) from February 2018 to May 2022, capping his rise through CalPERS’ ranks that began 20 years earlier. He left the public sector in 2022 and returned to the private sector, joining San Francisco-based HiPER Solutions as a client executive.

Gartner’s executive partners act as coaches, content providers and business advisers to the members of the company’s Executive Programs, and they frequently partner with colleagues across the organization to deliver service solutions using Gartner products and services.

“Having been a longtime client of Gartner’s Executive Partner program, I’m excited for the opportunity to be a part of this team and share my knowledge and experience with other leaders across the state of California,” Gartner told Industry Insider — California.

“A New Year and a new adventure!” he said in a LinkedIn post. “I’m happy to share that I’ve joined Gartner as an Executive Partner! Having experienced the value of Gartner, I am looking forward to extending and sharing that with other leaders.”

Farland was named CalPERS’ CIO in February 2018, capping a rise through increasingly responsible positions with the pension entity since starting there in 2002 as a systems analyst and team lead. His subsequent positions with the department included leadership roles over Business Infrastructure Services and Business Solutions Services and then, successively, chief of IT Performance and Accountability, chief of Technology and Strategic Services and chief technology business officer before being named CIO.

Farland, who was the subject of an Industry Insider One-on-One interview in January 2021, began his career in the private sector, having worked as a project manager for The Money Store and then as senior consultant for Syncata.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, where he studied history and political science, and he also studied history at the University of Leeds.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.