George F. Schmitt, Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO
George Schmitt has over 45 years of broad telecom experience in wireless and wireline companies. Mr. Schmitt is a Director of MB Technology Holdings, LLC (MBTH), the parent company of xG Technology. He also serves on the boards of Calient, Secure Alert, Ready Jet Go Airlines, and Teleworx. Mr. Schmitt is an SBIC Director at TeleSoft Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm specializing in early stage, mid stage, late stage, and growth capital.
Mr. Schmitt’s experience includes e.spire Communications, Omnipoint Communications, LHS Group, Objective Systems Integrators, PCS PrimeCo, AirTouch Communications, Mannesmann Mobilfunk (Germany), Pacific Telesis, Pacific Telephone, and AT&T.
Most recently, Mr. Schmitt was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of e.spire Communications, a provider of voice, data and Internet services to markets throughout the U.S. Previously, Mr. Schmitt was President and Director of Omnipoint Communication Services (NASDAQ: OMPT) until VoiceStream’s acquisition of Omnipoint Corporation in 2000. Subsequently, Deutsche Telekom acquired Voicestream to form T-Mobile U.S.
Mr. Schmitt also served as a Director of two telecom software companies: LHS Group (NASDAQ: LHSG), where he was a member of the Audit Committee prior to its acquisition by Sema in 2000, and Objective Systems Integrators (NASDAQ: OSII), where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee. That company was acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2000.
Prior to joining Omnipoint, Mr. Schmitt was President and Chief Executive Officer of PCS PrimeCo (now part of Verizon Wireless), a national PCS partnership formed by AirTouch, Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and U.S. West. Mr. Schmitt came to PrimeCo from AirTouch where he was Executive Vice President of International Operations responsible for AirTouch’s operations in its ventures in Germany, France, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Japan, Korea and Thailand.
Prior to PCS PrimeCo, Mr. Schmitt was a member of the board of management of Mannesmann Mobilfunk in Germany, and also headed the company’s technical department. Mr. Schmitt’s department was responsible for the complete development and operation of the D2 network, the first commercial GSM network in the world. Mr. Schmitt also served as the Chairman of the GSM Association, an international organization responsible for overseeing the worldwide implementation of GSM wireless technology.
In 2013, Mr. Schmitt was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame by the Wireless History Foundation, an organization formed to preserve and promote the history of the wireless industry. The Wireless Hall of Fame Program provides public recognition of outstanding individuals across all segments of the wireless industry. Induction into the Wireless Hall of Fame is one of the industry’s highest honors, acknowledging the leadership, innovation and achievement of each honoree.
Mr. Schmitt received an M.S. in Management from Stanford University, where he was a Sloan Fellow, and a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Mary’s College.
Roger G. Branton, CFO
Roger serves as CFO of xG Technology, Inc. and has managed all the stages of growth including the start-up phase, obtaining growth capital through initial public offerings and follow on acquisitions of complementary companies.
Roger works in a wide variety of roles, including management, finance, accounting, tax; international dealings, restructurings/turnarounds, business startups, mergers and acquisitions, securities, legal, investment banking, consulting, negotiating and structuring transactions, licensing; regulatory issues, and risk management. Roger has invaluable international experience and relationships, and has been involved in each of the various stages of business from start-up, to private placements, to commercialization, to IPO on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and NASDAQ, to exit.
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.
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 Dominion Group Limited, an investment/merchant bank which specialized in the technology, agriculture, and environmental industries, where his duties included acting as interim chief financial officer for several companies within its investment portfolio.
John Payne IV, President of IMT USA
John Payne IV serves as president of IMT USA, with responsibility for all IMT and Vislink business operations in the Americas, including the sale of all IMT and Vislink products in those areas. He is also a corporate officer of xG Technology. John previously served as president of the xG Technology IMT Business Unit from the time IMT was acquired by xG Technology in January 2016. Prior to that, he was IMT’s Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering from February 2012 to January 2015. In January 2015, he became Chief Operating Officer of IMT through January 2016 while continuing as Chief Technology Officer. From August 2010 through March 2012, John was the Vice President of Technology for IMT, a Vitec Group company. From 1996 through August 2010, John worked for Nucomm, Inc. in various positions, including as Vice President of Engineering.
John holds several patents in the area of wireless communications and is considered an industry expert in the wireless video communication industry related to broadcast television and military and civil manned and unmanned systems. John has a Master of Science in communication systems from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
James Walton, President of IMT Ltd.
James Walton serves as president of IMT Ltd., with responsibility for the management of Vislink offices located in the United Kingdom, and all IMT and Vislink business operations outside of the Americas. This includes the sale of all current IMT and Vislink products in those areas. Mr. Walton is also a corporate officer of xG Technology.
James is a finance and business professional with nearly 15 years of experience within global technology companies, with expertise in board level reporting, interaction with external stakeholders, acquisitions and refinancing activities. He has been with Vislink Communication Systems since 2012, originally serving as Chief Financial Officer responsible for ensuring financial strategic decision-making, business reporting, financial controls, budgeting and forecasting, and leading the integration of acquisitions. In 2015, James also became Chief Operating Officer of Vislink, increasing his responsibilities to include the streamlining of all day-to-day operations and overseeing the commercial activities of the business. In July 2016 he also became Chief Executive Officer of the business, assuming overall responsibility for global operations, prior to the acquisition by xG Technology.
Prior to Vislink, James worked for five years at Atex Group Limited, a private equity-backed software company, holding the titles of Assistant Group Financial Control, Group Controller, and Vice President & Global Finance Director. Prior to that, James worked at Hutchison 3G, a cellular network provider in Europe, and KPMG.
James earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Newcastle University in 2001, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) since 2004.
John C. Coleman, President of the xG Federal Business Unit
John C. Coleman brings to xG Technology, Inc. 34 years combined experience in expeditionary operations from both government service and the private sector.
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.
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.
John Procacci, Vice President of Sales
John brings over 25 years of successful sales and business development experience representing technical product manufacturers, with 12 years focused on engineered products targeting DoD and Federal program requirements. Most recently, he served as Business Development Director at Mercury Systems, a leading commercial defense electronics company, where he drove growth across business lines by selling comprehensive solutions across the sensor processing chain. In previous positions he served as Business Development Manager responsible for new market penetration for digital video transmit/receive solutions, with a specific focus on DoD and government customers for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and covert surveillance applications. He has also spearheaded sales of microwave component and subsystem solutions to DoD prime contractors.
John also holds memberships in the following professional associations: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); Association of the United States Army (AUSA); Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA); and National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).
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.
Mike Johnson, Vice President of Engineering
Mike Johnson has over 25 years experience in leading-edge telecommunications projects. He has extensive experience bringing products to market in the wireless networking area. Previously at Motorola under the title of Program Manager, Mike was responsible for bringing new products to market based on 802.11n technology. He also held the title of Director of Advanced Technology, a role in which he advised the wireless broadband group on new technology and market opportunities.
Before Motorola, Mike was at Mesh Networks where he held the titles of Vice President of Engineering and Chief Science Officer. Mesh Networks developed a wireless network system that included peer-to- peer and peer-to-network operation. Mike led groups that developed hardware, firmware, ASIC, systems engineering, consumer applications, network management and test. Mesh was sold to Motorola in 2004.
Previously, Mike was at SkyTel where he held the titles of Vice President of Product Delivery and Director of Software Development. SkyTel built and operated domestic and international one and two way paging networks. Mike led groups that developed paging firmware, IVR systems, customer service systems, operator dispatch systems and consumer applications.
In earlier positions, Mike worked on telephone switching systems, power company wireless communications and data center networks and installations.