Management Team

John C. Coleman, CEO

John C. Coleman brings to xG Technology, Inc. 34 years combined experience in expeditionary operations from both government service and the private sector. In his final years as a U.S. Marine, he was posted as the Chief of Staff, 1st Marines Expeditionary Force for the first two years of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM supervising the largest field headquarters ever assembled in wartime by the Marines. Though an Infantry Officer by trade, he was known and remains widely recognized throughout the Corps as a visionary and leading innovator in the exploitation of digital technology to enhance command, control, and communication within military forces.

Following government service, Mr. Coleman joined Hunter Defense Technologies and served for two and half years as Vice President of Business Development. At Hunter he pioneered an entirely new business sector specializing in the development and delivery of expeditionary command and control infrastructure for civil first responders and the DOD. Validating the efficacy of this effort, he led a team that deployed and operated an Expeditionary Emergency Operations Center (E2OC) in the city of Chicago for Barack Obama’s Presidential acceptance speech on 4 November 2008. Though only on the ground for 18 hours, this highly mobile facility integrated an ad hoc team from 43 different federal, state, and local agencies and provided them fully interoperable voice and data communications along with integrated visual information display.

Most recently, Mr. Coleman established Joint Command and Control Consulting (JC3). JC3 provides consulting services focused on the development, integration, and delivery of mature and emerging technologies in support of expeditionary operations, particularly as related to command, control, and communications. In conjunction with its strategic partners, JC3 provides C4ISR-related systems, service, training, and support to expeditionary responders, both civil and military.

Roger G. Branton, CFO

In 1989, Roger graduated from West Chester University in Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. He trained as a certified public accountant and worked for Horty & Horty in Wilmington, Delaware, USA from his graduation until 1993. Roger went on to become an associate at Dominion Group Limited, an investment/merchant bank which specialized in the technology, agriculture, and environmental industries, where he worked until 1997. His work at Dominion Group Limited included, but was not limited to, acting as interim chief financial officer for several companies within its investment portfolio.

Roger co-founded Mooers Branton & Company and MB Merchant Group, LLC with Rick Mooers in 1997. Mooers Branton & Company is an international merchant bank which provides early-stage financing to emerging businesses in the technology, hospitality, and real estate sectors. Mooers Branton & Company manages its portfolio of investments through the privately held company, MB Merchant Group, LLC. Together with Rick Mooers and Joe Bobier, Roger co-founded xG Technology, Inc. in August 2002.

James Woodyatt, President

James has worked in the financial markets industry since 1990 and held various positions in institutions, including Nomura Bank (Japanese equities, convertible and warrant bond sales), Tradition SA (interest rate swaps, inter-bank dealing) and Decillion AG (convertible arbitrage fund marketing). In 2001 James joined Optimal Investment Services SA, the hedge fund arm of Spain’s Grupo Santander where he was a Senior Vice President, head of International sales and marketing and a member of the company’s management committee. In 2006, James co-founded and became the president of Veegoo Holding and Managing Director of Veegoo Capital Services SA, a group which is active in business advisory and private equity.

Scott Garlington, Vice President of Engineering

Scott Garlington was the Senior Product Manager for Motorola’s Mesh Network Product Group. In this role Scott drives Motorola’s product roadmap and strategy as the industry leader in high-reliability standard based and purpose-built mesh networks. Over the past 25 years, Scott has brought to market many new products in the Voice, Data and Wireless networking industry including T1 multiplexer, IP Router, Soft Switch, Voice application servers and Mesh Wireless Networks.

Scott’s experience has brought him from Systems Engineering, Director of Quality assurance to Market Development and Sr Product Management for Motorola’s Mesh Networking product team. Scott initially spent 13 years with Motorola, but then worked in several successful start-up companies such as Excel Switching acquired by Lucent Technologies and Mesh Networks acquired by Motorola. Scott earned his electrical engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Pertti Alapuranen, Director of Systems Design

Pertti Alapuranen has over 20 years of experience in bringing new wireless communications systems and devices to market at firms including Motorola, Mesh Networks, Nokia, and Elektrobit. Prior to joining xG Technology, Pertti was a Distinguished Innovator at Motorola, where he architected new products and directed the development of hardware at Motorola’s Mesh Networks Product Group.

Prior to that, Pertti managed the Systems Group at Mesh Networks Inc., where he was responsible for new technology and systems development.

Pertti is the author of numerous patents in wireless communications, including Spread Spectrum, CDMA, OFDM, and Ad-Hoc networking technologies. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Brian Lasagna, Vice President of Business Development

Brian has diverse experience as a business development executive, consultant, and program and project manager serving the Intelligence Community and government and military clients around the world, with a focus in secure tactical  networks and communications technologies, including satellite, microwave and tactical radio solutions. Brian has also developed many productive and long-standing relationships among major telecommunications, oil and gas, and scientific exploration firms.

With a superlative record of delivering smart, reliable, and ruggedized network solutions to a demanding clientele operating in the most austere and remote environments, Brian brings a broad, multi-discipline technical expertise and commitment to true customer advocacy to the xG management team.   Brian earned an MBA from the University of Texas, and is a U.S. Navy veteran.

Tim Moynihan, Vice President of Sales

Tim Moynihan has over 30 years of management, sales, marketing and product development experience in the wireless industry, and has been involved in many of the industry’s emerging technologies. Tim has held leadership positions with companies that have included Intermec, Symbol Technologies, Norand Corporation, and Motorola.

Tim has substantial experience in implementing sales processes for complex strategic solution sales. He has accumulated key functional experience in fields that include transportation, logistics, distribution, manufacturing, retail, field service, government, and education. Tim earned an MBA from Illinois State University and a BA from Western Illinois University.

Mark Piquette, Vice President of Customer Service

Mark has 33 years experience with various companies who manufacture and provide global enterprise products and services. Most recently, Mark was the President of Sales and Services at Data Capture Solutions. Previously, he held the position of Vice President and General Manager, North America Services of Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility Solutions organization where he was accountable for the divisions $300M P&L.Prior to joining Motorola, Mark was the Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Unisys / ePresence, a Consulting and Systems Integration Company focused on Security, Identity and Access Management solutions.

Prior to that, Mark worked at Cabletron Systems as the VP Americas Sales and Global Alliances where he managed a $240M revenue pipeline. Mark has also held Senior Solutions Sales Management positions with @stake, a premier pure-play digital security consulting firm, NEC Computer Systems Division, Digital Equipment Corporation, Ascom Timeplex and Motorola MND.