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Robert Gett '72

Bob Gett

Bob Gett has been named a 2009 distinguished alumnus for his expertise in financial services and information technology and for his dedication to the advancement of business and new technology.

Mr. Gett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from IUP in 1972 and was a member of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. He attained a Master of Science degree in Management Technologies from American University in 1976.

Mr. Gett has risen through the ranks of financial services and information technology firms to establish and hone his own e-commerce solutions firm as founder and CEO of Optaros, Inc. Optaros is a global business with offices in Boston, Austin, Bucharest, Geneva, Munich, San Francisco, London, and Zurich.

Optaros designs and assembles fully supported, next-generation Internet solutions that many companies demand for better business performance. Optaros serves more than 120 clients, including ABB, Biogen Idec, IDG, McKesson, Merck/Serono, Nespresso, the New York Times, PBS, Activision, Puma, Sony Pictures, and Swisscom Mobile.

Focusing on newer technologies like open source and e-commerce, both significant advancements for the Internet in recent years, Optaros is helping companies like the New York Times and Swisscom seize new on-line opportunities in e-commerce, social media, and brand engagement by assembling compelling user experience applications.

Network World magazine named Optaros one of the top ten open source companies to watch in 2007. Mr. Gett’s expertise in open source technology was featured in Information Week Business Technology Network in 2005.

Prior to establishing Optaros, Mr. Gett served as chairman and CEO of Viant Corporation, an early innovator in the development of Internet-based business that served clients such as Sony, Bank of America, JP Morgan, and Turner Broadcasting. Mr. Gett focused on employee culture, and under his leadership, Viant grew to $125 million in annual revenue in four years.

Mr. Gett was president of Cambridge Technology Partners North America, where he developed CTP´s business strategy, methodology, and execution ability and was responsible for all sales and operations in the U.S. and Canada. He held concurrent appointments to the board of directors of Cambridge Technology Partners and Optika Imaging Systems, Inc.

As president of Fidelity Software Development Company, a subsidiary of Fidelity Investments, Mr. Gett led Fidelity´s IT strategy by introducing emerging technologies and advanced development capabilities into all companies within the Fidelity umbrella. As managing director and CIO of Smith Barney, Inc., he rebuilt the Information Services Division and led the development of new sales, trading, and operation systems. As a principal at Nolan, Norton & Co., he managed one of three operating units that executed IT strategy and management consulting for various Fortune 500 companies. He began his career in the Management Services Division of Touche Ross & Co., where he managed IT projects for several commercial and public sector clients.

Mr. Gett resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife, Liz. They have two sons, Bobby and Peter, and two daughters, Laura and Kristy.

Profile published on 3/8/10


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