French Caldwell

French Caldwell One of the foremost thought leaders in IT, French Caldwell has been decisively shaping the GRC market for the last 12 years.

French is a former Fellow and Vice President at Gartner, where he led their GRC research, including the influential Gartner Magic Quadrant on GRC, as well as research into disruptive technology. He also worked with the White House and U.S. Naval War College in 2002 to develop the Digital Pearl Harbor war game, the first ever strategic assessment of cyber war strategies. In 2012, the game took on a very real form with the strategic attacks on oil and gas infrastructure in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. French is also a retired naval officer and a nuclear submariner. Post-­retirement, French served as a diplomatic liaison to NATO for the post-­Cold War Congressional Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces.

As an academic, French served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution, an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an Adjunct Professor and Graduate Research Advisor at the George Washington University School of Engineering Management. He has written a book on international law and has over 400 published research papers.

French has an M.A. in International Economics, Strategy and Diplomacy and a B.S. in Oceanography.