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Deborah Gillotti Recipient of Dietrich School Distinguished Alumni Award

Deborah Gillotti (A&S ’77) has been named the 2016 recipient of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. This award recognizes her exceptional professional accomplishments and dedication to the University of Pittsburgh and Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Gillotti was honored at the Dietrich School December Graduation Ceremony on December 18, 2016, for which she delivered the keynote address.

Over the past two decades, Gillotti has held global leadership positions in sales, marketing, and information technology. She currently holds a dual role as Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager, Healthcare for nVoq Incorporated, a privately-held provider of cloud-based speech recognition software headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.

Prior to joining nVoq, Gillotti held senior global leadership positions in sales and marketing for the past decade, including general manager and senior director of Worldwide Partner Strategy and Development at Microsoft; vice president of Channel Partner Sales for Quest Diagnostics/MedPlus; and chief executive officer of Healthphone Solutions. Previously, she served as chief information officer for Starbucks Coffee Company and Duracell and as a senior consulting manager with KPMG Peat Marwick. 

Gillotti earned her bachelor's degree in economics and history in 1977; she received her Master of Science in Accounting degree from Georgetown University. She also completed the Women Directors Development Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. 

An active and generous alumna, Gillotti is a recipient of the University’s 225th Anniversary Medallion (in 2013). She was appointed to the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees in 2013 and serves as a member of the Budget, Health Sciences, Institutional Advancement and Academic Affairs Committees. Gillotti chaired the Ad Hoc Committee for Research, Partnerships and Innovation and has also been appointed chair of the Nursing School Board of Visitors. She has been a longstanding member of the Dietrich School Board of Visitors. 

Gillotti is a life member of the Pitt Alumni Association, and a past Pitt Alumni Association board of Director. She also has provided service as a Pitt Advocate and Pitt Career Network volunteer. She has been a guest speaker at University programs on campus and a University event host in her home state of Washington. A member of the Brackenridge Circle, Gillotti established the Deborah Jeanne Gillotti Endowed Equipment Fund in the Department of Computer Science and the Deborah Jeanne Gillotti Graduate Fellowship Fund in the Office of the Provost.

Gillotti also serves as a mentor to the University of Washington Foster School of Business MBA Program since 1998.

She has received national recognition for her leadership in the technology field, including “America’s Best Technology Users” from Forbes magazine, CIO and Computerworld’s Top 100 IT executives, and has been a contributor to Harvard Business Review and other publications.