Rob joins WPI from Fidelity Investments, where he spent 23 years in the finance industry, holding multiple executive leadership positions including VP of Strategy and Planning, VP Human Resource Systems, and VP Finance, Procurement, and Accounting Systems. Rob also previously held positions in both the public and private sectors for companies in the manufacturing and nonprofit industries.
At Fidelity, Rob exercised his passion for coaching and mentoring by leading multiple mentoring programs and dynamically presenting motivating talks and panel discussions across multiple forums and regions. Rob was elected by senior management to be the Corporate Technology Group business unit’s LEAP champion, which involved serving on the Fidelity enterprise wide LEAP steering committee. LEAP is Fidelity's state of the art talent recruitment, retention, and development program designed to equip recent graduates to become best-in-class technologists.
Rob is an IAABO basketball referee and a devoted Boston sports fan. He has had the good fortune to attend a Red Sox World Series, a Celtics Championship, and six Patriots Super Bowls! Rob also enjoys going to the gym to lift weights and playing pick-up hoops. When he is not focused on sports, he enjoys travelling to Disney World with his wife and grown children.
“Fintech really is everywhere” WPI Business Professor Robert Sarnie speaks with the Worcester Business Journal about this unnoticed industry.