Andrew Schmitt

As the founder and lead analyst at Cignal AI, Andrew Schmitt draws upon more than two decades of comprehensive experience in the optical network industry, first as a talented engineer and manager in the field and then as an industry analyst. He uses this first-hand knowledge to bring a unique perspective to his research.

At Cignal AI, Andrew leads quantitative and qualitative research on the networking market’s entire supply chain – from carriers and equipment manufacturers to chips and components. He is quoted and consulted by industry publications such as Lightwave and Lightreading and is also part of the OFC planning committee. He is invited annually to speak at events such as OFC, ECOC, FOE, and IIR conferences as well as private events. He is also a consultant to startups, carriers, vendors, and the investment community, where he provides insight on developing business opportunities and market strategy.

Prior to Cignal AI, Andrew was business unit director for Vitesse Semiconductor and was a principal analyst at Infonetics Research and also at IHS. He holds multiple engineering patents and received his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Andrew resides with his family in the New England area.

Christine Schmitt

Christine Schmitt heads up Cignal AI’s sales and marketing. She has held positions in project management and development at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was also a consultant at market strategy firms InForm, Inc. and Strategic Pricing Group. Most recently, she spearheaded marketing and business development at Cambridge-based architectural firm Austin Architects.

Christine received her B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her M.B.A. from Boston College. She is—you guessed it—married to Andrew Schmitt, and enjoys rowing on the Charles River.


Anna Villani

Anna Villani is a software engineer who develops and maintains Cignal AI’s quantitative research infrastructure and customer-facing solutions.

Before joining Cignal AI, Anna was a software engineer doing full-stack web development for Augur Inc., a Denver-based startup building a cross-device recognition API delivering unique user insights. Prior to that, she developed new analysis tools and techniques identifying vulnerabilities in algorithms as a research assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder for DARPA’s Space/Time Analysis for Cybersecurity (STAC).

Anna has a B.A. in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from The College of the Holy Cross, where she was a competitive swimmer on the Varsity Women’s Swimming and Diving team. She also holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.