Gartner's CEO Discusses Q1 2012 Results- Earnings Call Transcript

Gartner Inc. (IT)

Q1 2012 Earnings Call

May 3, 2012 8:30 am ET

Executives

Eugene Hall – Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Lafond – Chief Financial Officer

Brian Shipman – Vice President, Investor Relations

Analysts

Peter Appert – Piper Jaffray

William Bird – Lazard

Robert Riggs – William Blair

Manav Patnaik – Barclays

Kelly Flynn – Credit Suisse

Dan Leben – Robert W. Baird

Brian Karimzad – Goldman Sachs

Presentation

Operator

Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Garner’s Earnings Conference Call for the First Quarter 2012. A replay of this call will be available through June 4, 2012. The replay can be accessed by dialing 888-286-8010 for domestic calls and 617-801-6888 for international calls and by entering the pass code 92101447. This call is being simultaneously webcast and will be archived on Gartner’s website at www.gartner.com for approximately 90 days.

I will now turn the conference over to Brian Shipman, Gartner’s Group Vice President of Investor Relations for opening remarks and introductions. Please go ahead, sir.

Brian Shipman

Thank you and good morning everyone. Welcome to Gartner’s First Quarter 2012 Earnings call. With me today is our Chief Executive Officer, Gene Hall, and our Chief Financial Officer, Chris Lafond. This call will begin with a discussion of Q1 2012 financial results disclosed in today’s press release, followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions. I’d like to remind everyone that the press release is available on our website. That URL is www.gartner.com.

Before we begin, we need to remind you that certain statements made on this call may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can vary materially from actual results and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including those contained in the Company’s 2011 annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, as well as in other filings with the SEC. I would encourage all of you to review the risk factors listed in these documents. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of its forward-looking statements.

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