Obsitnik’s career path has been nothing if not unique, taking him from nuclear submarines in the Arctic, to working in Silicon Valley and eventually running in Connecticut’s gubernatorial race.
The tech pioneer, telecom CEO and Navy veteran made a name for himself at California-based research center SRI International, where he was a member of the team that developed Siri, Apple’s iconic virtual assistant. He has also served as CEO at several technology companies and launched both Discern Communications and Quintel, a global provider of wireless infrastructure to mobile operators.
“Steve's experience speaks for itself,” said Amy Paros, assistant professor of management. “His visit allowed students to gain perspective from a truly innovative business leader as they look to understand and define their own careers."
Obsitnik currently serves as High Tech CEO of Saugatuck Advisory, an organization that works with companies to identify technology-focused market opportunities. He also sits on the boards of several other companies. A Westport native, he made a bid for the Republican candidacy in Connecticut’s 2018 gubernatorial race, ultimately losing to Bob Stefanowski.