President, SRI International
Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Steve Ciesinski is president of Silicon Valley-based SRI International (www.sri.com), one of the world’s leading independent R&D organizations, with annual revenues of approximately $500M. SRI’s innovations have led to new products, businesses and industries that impact people’s lives every day—from the computer mouse, interactive computing and Siri, to HDTV, medical ultrasound, drugs for cancer and infectious diseases, and many more.
Previously, Steve held executive management positions with Applied Materials; Octel Communications; Resumix; and Laszlo Systems. He started his career at Procter & Gamble, was a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and a venture partner with Earlybird Ventures.
Steve teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, focusing on entrepreneurship in developing economies. He chaired the Board of Trustees at Union College and also the President’s Cabinet at California Polytechnic State University.
Steve and his family are founders of the Kalele Foundation, dedicated to providing character and self-esteem development experiences for disadvantaged children.