Gautam Khattak, Director of Software Engineering and Engineering Productivity, Artesyn Embedded Technologies
Gautam has 15 years in the Telecommunications, Embedded Computing & Power industries. From Boston, he received his Undergraduate & Masters degrees in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. After many cold winters Gautam took a job with Motorola in Phoenix so he could sit under the palm trees. In 2010 Gautam moved to Hong Kong to be the Director of Software Engineering and Engineering Productivity for Artesyn Embedded Technologies.
During his PT MBA at HKUST Gautam was an ambassador to prospective students. He wrote articles for the SCMP Education Post Online to give advice to current and prospective MBA students. Outside of work, Gautam is a foodie, hiker/climber, avid traveler and scuba diver. He was the President of two corporate Toastmaster programs (in Shenzhen and HK), frequently teaches classes on Better Presentation Design and Public Speaking, and volunteers for an experimental learning program helping students become junior entrepreneurs while pursuing their passion for improving the environment in Hong Kong.
Learn more about Gautam’s MBA journey
Q: What was your main motivation is doing an MBA? Why?
A: As I moved up in my career, my decisions had a much larger impact to the organization, higher risks and consequences but they were based off my experiences and common sense. I wanted to get an MBA to help fortify my decision making capabilities as well as accelerate my career by giving me the tools to be a better leader that otherwise would take me a decade on the job.
Q: What is the single most important lesson you have learned from your MBA experience?
A: You get out what you put in. Remember that you’re in the MBA because you chose to be. This isn’t like undergraduate school. So work you butt off (don’t worry there is plenty of time to play too!). While you’re in the MBA you should try very hard to get out of your comfort zone. Ask the questions you wouldn’t do in a business meeting. Volunteer to give a presentation because of the fact that you’re shy or scared. This is the best time to take risks because there’s no one who is going to fire you. So take a chance, and keep taking them. You’ll exceed your expectations.