Sue Swenson, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
Sue Swenson has several decades of operating experience in wireless telecom, video technologies and digital media, as well as telematics and small business software. Ms. Swenson currently serves on the board of Harmonic, Inc. and chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee. Harmonic, Inc. is the worldwide leader in video delivery technology and services enabling media companies and service providers to deliver ultra-high-quality broadcast and OTT video services to consumers globally.
From August 2012 to August 2018, Ms. Swenson served on the board of the First Responder Network Authority and chaired the board from 2014 to 2018. This independent authority within NTIA/Department of Commerce established a single nationwide public safety broadband network enabling first responders to have voice and data communications across all 56 states, territories and commonwealths.
From October 2015 to June 2017, Ms. Swenson served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Inseego Corp. (previously Novatel Wireless, Inc), a wireless internet solutions and telematics provider, and served as the board chair from April 2014 to June 2017 after joining the board in 2012. From March 2008 to April 2011, Ms. Swenson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sage Software-North America, a division of The Sage Group PLC, a global supplier of business management software and services.
From August 2007 to March 2008, she was Chief Operating Officer at Atrinsic, Inc. a digital content company. Prior to joining Atrinsic, Inc., she served as Chief Operating Officer of Amp’d Mobile, Inc, a mobile virtual network start-up, from 2006 to 2007. Ms. Swenson was the President and Chief Operating Officer of T-Mobile USA from 2004 to 2005 and of Leap Wireless International, Inc. from 1999 to 2004. She served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cellular One from 1994 to 1999. From 1979 to 1994 she served in various management capacities at Pacific Bell, ultimately serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of PacTel Cellular and Vice President, Pacific Bell – Northern California Business Unit. Ms. Swenson holds a B.A. in French from San Diego State University.
Ms. Swenson’s xG Technology Board duties also include serving on the Audit, Governance and Nominating Committees.
Roger G. Branton, CEO and CFO
Roger has been involved in all the stages of growth of xG Technology, 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 2010, Roger co-founded MB Technology Holdings, LLC with Rick Mooers and George Schmitt. Roger serves on a number of boards within its portfolio, including Itellum, LLC.
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 previously worked for 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.
George F. Schmitt, Non-Executive Director
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), which holds a controlling interest in 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
Richard L. Mooers, Non-Executive Director
Rick’s merchant banking activities have given him a wide range of international experience, including experience in restructurings, turnarounds, and mergers and acquisitions. Together with Roger Branton and Joe Bobier, Rick co-founded xG Technology, Inc. in August 2002.
Together with Roger Branton and George Schmitt, Rick Mooers co-founded MB Technology Holdings, LLC (MBTH) in July 2010. MBTH, which holds a controlling interest in xG Technology, is a technology holding and service company whose mission is to pursue suitable acquisitions for its portfolio by identifying companies requiring assistance in their next phases of growth, both organically and via add-on acquisitions. Rick currently serves as CEO and Chairman of MBTH.
Rick is a generalist in a world of specialists. Rick possesses a working knowledge or better in areas such as 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 most importantly risk management. Rick has both international and US-based experience. Rare and uniquely beneficial to an early stage company, he brings this multinational experience, as well as his key international relationships, to MBTH. Rick has been involved in leading the various stages of business, from start-up to private placements, commercialization, IPO and exit.
In 1985, Rick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He trained as a certified public accountant. In late 1991, Rick joined Dominion Group Limited, an investment/merchant bank which specialized in the technology, agriculture, and environmental industries, initially as director of corporate finance. He became CEO where he gained a wide range of both international and US experience, including being involved with a number of businesses in various stages of development, including startups, commercializations and public offerings.
John C. Coleman, Non-Executive Director
John Coleman joined xG Technology in 2010, bringing his 41 years combined experience in military and business operations from service in both the US Government and the private sector.
Formerly a US Marine Infantry Officer, John became known and widely recognized throughout the Corps as a visionary Officer and leading innovator in the exploitation of digital technology. Highlighting this expertise in the latter stage of his 30-year career, John was posted as the Chief of Staff, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1st MEF) for the first two years of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. In this role, he not only supervised the largest field headquarters ever assembled by Marines in wartime, but also helped conceive, then supervise the development and delivery of a highly mobile, digitally-enhanced Combat Operation Center (COC). The MEF COC was the nexus for successful command and control of a Multi-National Air/Ground Task Force of nearly 100,000 US and British service personnel. It successively displaced three times in the initial 21-day, 647 kilometer “March up to Baghdad” while keeping pace with the attacking coalition forces.
Following retirement from government service, John joined Hunter Defense Technologies and served for two and a half years as Vice President, Business Development. At Hunter he pioneered an entirely new business sector specializing in the development and delivery of expeditionary command and control systems 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) for the city of Chicago during 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 while providing them fully interoperable voice and data communications along with an integrated, inter-agency Common Operational Picture.
John left Hunter shortly thereafter to establish Joint Command and Control Consulting (JC3). JC3 provided 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, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR). In conjunction with this strategic focus, John formed a joint venture and immediately began a quest for emerging technologies with the potential to dramatically enhance the provision of fully-functional C4ISR to the lowest tactical level in security force operations, civil and military. It was here that he was first introduced to xG Technology, Inc., and the emerging intellectual property they were developing related to software-defined, cognitive radios. He went on to serve as COO and later, CEO of xG Technology, while also continuously serving as a Director of the company.
James T. Conway, Non-Executive Independent Director
General James T. Conway retired from active duty in 2010 after serving our nation for 40 years. Since then, he has joined and consulted for numerous corporate and non-profit boards, including Textron Inc., Colt Defense and General Dynamics. He also co-chairs the Energy Security Leadership Council (Securing America’s Future Energy), a non-partisan energy policy think tank.
Prior to his retirement, General Conway served as the 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. As Commandant, he served as the senior uniformed Marine responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of over 250,000 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel throughout the United States and overseas, as well as the management of the $40 billion annual Marine Corps budget.
Prior to becoming Commandant, General Conway served for four years on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Senior Operations Officer in the U.S. military, where he oversaw the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Conway functioned as a military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the President.
During his tenure, the Marine Corps experienced growth of 27,000 additional personnel, undertook major military construction efforts at bases and stations throughout the U.S., and integrated multiple next-generation weapons systems into its inventory. General Conway initiated new programs for the care of wounded warriors and brought Marine Corps family programs onto a war-time footing.
Among his numerous leadership positions, General Conway served as Commanding General of 1st Marine Division, and he was the commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force during two combat tours in Iraq, with 60,000 troops under his command, including Marines, soldiers, sailors, and British forces. He took part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and First Battle of Fallujah.
General Conway graduated with honors from The Basic School, the U.S. Army Infantry Officers Advanced Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Air War College. He was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1969. He was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1970.
Raymond M. Sidney, Ph.D., Non-Executive Independent Director
Dr. Sidney has established several real estate investment ventures and been involved with a number of companies, including Covia Labs, Planetary Resources, Edison2, and AnthroTronix as an investor, board member, or advisor. He also serves on the Vision Circle of the X PRIZE Foundation. Prior to this, Dr. Sidney was the second software engineer hired at Google, Inc. Previously, Dr. Sidney had worked as a security expert and software engineer at RSA Labs and D.E. Shaw & Co., among other companies. He provided the implementation expertise for RC6, RSA’s candidate cipher for NIST’s quest for AES, a successor to the Data Encryption Standard.
Dr. Sidney attended Caltech and Harvard, and he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard in 1991. He then entered the graduate program in mathematics at MIT, where he specialized in cryptography and received a PhD in 1995. His higher mathematics knowledge will be helpful to our development team. Dr. Sidney also has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. In addition, he is active in educational and environmental undertakings in the Lake Tahoe, NV area.
Dr. Sidney is a member of the following xG Technology board committees: Compensation, and Governance and Nominations.