Industry thought leader
Jeff Roster

Jeff Roster

Vice President, Retail Strategy
IHL Group

With nearly 30 years of retail and technology experience, Jeff oversees IHL's retailer engagement, vendor briefings, and strategic IT services practice.

Prior to IHL Jeff served as Vice President Industries – Retail for Gartner, Inc. where he was responsible communicating global IT trends in the retail, wholesale and consumer product industries, analyzes end-user requirements, and consulting on strategies with IT vendor clients. In his role at Gartner, he was selected as one of the '25 Most Influential People in Retail' by Retail Info Systems News (RIS) magazine and is on the Executive Technology Power 50 list. Jeff also received the coveted Gartner Thought Leadership award for IT research.

Before joining Gartner, Jeff worked in logistics and process improvement for Mervyn’s. As an operations manager, he developed benchmarking and total quality management initiatives as well as operational budget analyses. Jeff serves on the Board of Advisors for Retail Orphan Initiative and is based in California, San Francisco.