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Vincent Obsitnik, Slovak former ambassador. Appointed member United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, 2001—2006; appointed member, United States presidential delegate Austrian State Treaty Anniversary, 2005, Commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the Tragedy in Babyn Yar, Ukraine, 2006.

Background

Obsitnik, Vincent was born in 1938 in Moravany, Slovakia.

Education

Graduate with honors, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, 1959. Master of Business Administration in Finance, American University, Washington. Attended, International Business Machines Corporation Advanced Management School, Sands Point, Long Island.

Attended, International Business Machines Corporation Advanced Management School, La Hulpe, Belgium. Attended Unisys executive program, University Pennsylvania Wharton School, Philadelphia.

Career

Prior to his current appointment, Ambassador Obsitnik was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the Commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the Tragedy in Babyn Yar in Ukraine. In 2005, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the Austrian State Treaty Anniversary. The purpose of the Commission is to be concerned about the cultural heritage of Americans from Central and Eastern Europe.

Ambassador Obsitnik worked to bring international attention to the plight of the 17th and 18th century Greek Catholic wooden churches of Slovakia and, through his leadership, two of the most endangered churches have been restored. Ambassador Obsitnik has had corporate executive careers with the IBM, Unisys and Litton Corporations. At Unisys Corporation, as President of the Systems Development Division, he led a $600 million business with 3000 employees marketing and developing advanced electronic and computing systems.

At Litton Corporation, he was Vice President, International and directed business expansion into the European and Latin American markets. In 27 years at the IBM Corporation, his responsibilities spanned the areas of Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, Engineering and Program Management. He spent 8 years with the IBM World Trade Corporation with manufacturing responsibilities in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

In Latin America, he had overall responsibility for the management of manufacturing plants in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. In Asia, he was responsible for manufacturing logistics of all IBM operations. Following these careers, Ambassador Obsitnik started and became President of International Investments Inc., a consulting company, working in the areas of joint ventures, technology licensing and privatization projects between the U.S. and Central Europe.

His father worked as a coal miner in Pennsylvania, after which the family moved to New Jersey, where he grew up. Upon graduating from Linden High School, in Linden, NJ, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with the Class of 1959. He then served the next five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, in destroyers and submarines.

Ambassador Obsitnik graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1959 with honors. He received his MBA in Finance from The American University in Washington, D.C. He has also attended the IBM Advanced Management School, Sands Point, Long Island, NY. The IBM International Management School in La Hulpe, Belgium.

And the Unisys Executive Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Ambassador Obsitnik is fluent in the Slovak language and has an understanding of Russian. He is a marathon runner and plays tennis and squash.

Membership

Appointed member United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, 2001—2006. Appointed member, United States presidential delegate Austrian State Treaty Anniversary, 2005, Commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the Tragedy in Babyn Yar, Ukraine, 2006.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Running, tennis, squash.

Connections

Married; 4 children.