Andrew Schmitt – Directing Analyst, Optical Networking

As the founder and directing 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 market research.

At Cignal AI, Andrew directs all research activity 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 participates in the OFC planning committee. He is invited to speak annually 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 then IHS/Markit. 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.

Scott Wilkinson – Lead Analyst, Optical Hardware

Scott Wilkinson has worked directly in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, during which he accumulated extensive experience in fiber to the home, long haul optical hardware, carrier ethernet, MPLS, and SDN/NFV-enabled networks. As Lead Analyst at Cignal AI, he conducts quantitative and qualitative research on the optical hardware market with a focus on carriers and equipment manufacturers.

Scott held senior positions in product management and systems engineering for Hitachi and was a marketing director at ECI Telecom, where he championed the company’s optical transport and packet switching solutions and oversaw its North American business development.

A noted speaker at telecom conferences and events such as NGON, OFC, and FTTH, Wilkinson is also a frequent contributor to trade publications such as Fibre Systems, Lightwave, Broadband Properties, and OSP. Wilkinson, who resides in Georgia, earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Scott enjoys participating in community theatre and performs regularly in his hometown near Atlanta.

Anna Villani – Software Engineer

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.

Christine Schmitt – Director of Sales & Marketing

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.