Gary Cuccio, Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO
Gary Cuccio has over 35 years of broad operating experience in wireless, software, engineering, operations, sales and marketing. Mr. Cuccio currently serves as Chairman of Openet Telecom Ltd. Based in Dublin, Ireland, Openet Telecom is a venture-backed software company providing IP mediation to leading Telco’s on a global basis. Mr. Cuccio also serves on the board of mBlox as the chairman of its audit committee. mBlox is a venture-backed startup providing a service bureau for SMS messages in the wireless space. Headquartered in London and Sunnyvale, CA, mBlox operates in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Previously, Mr. Cuccio was CEO of ATG, a CLEC based in California, Oregon, and Washington.
Prior to ATG, Mr. Cuccio was CEO of LHS group (Nasdaq: LHSG), a Telco billing software supplier. LHS was acquired by Sema, a French software company, in Q3, 2000 for $6.8BB. Mr. Cuccio was also COO of Omnipoint, a PCS mobile wireless carrier. Mr. Cuccio’s experience also includes several positions held at Airtouch, most notably Vice President of Operations for Europe, Vice President, Asia and President of Airtouch Paging. The company was merged with Vodafone in 1999. He has also served as chairman of the board and audit committee chairman of privately held companies and has helped sell and merge several public and privately held companies. Mr. Cuccio started his career with 27+ years at Pacific Tel in Operations, Engineering, Customer Service and Sales & Marketing, ending his tenure there as VP / General Manager. Mr. Cuccio received his AMP from Harvard University, his MBA from St. Mary’s College and his BA in Political Science from California State University Los Angeles.
Mr. Cuccio is a member of the following xG Technology board committees: Audit, Governance and Nominations, and Compensation. He serves as chairman of the Audit Committee.
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 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.
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 brings to xG Technology, Inc. 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.
John subsequently joined xG in 2010, and since that time has served as COO and then CEO, while also continuously serving as a Director of the company. Currently, he serves as the President of the wholly-owned subsidiary xG Federal, the business unit of xG focused predominantly on business in support of government agencies.
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.
Daniel Carpini, Vice President of Marketing and PR
Daniel Carpini holds responsibility for all key corporate marketing functions for xG Technology and its video brands IMT and Vislink. He is an established technology marketing content and communications professional who has played a lead role in creating brand recognition and thought leadership for a number of companies over the course of his career. His specialty is identifying and conveying an organization’s core persona, attributes and value proposition in ways that help drive brand awareness, customer engagement and revenue generation. He is also highly proficient at managing public relations outreach, social media, website CMS (content management systems), as well as being an accomplished graphics designer.
Daniel began his career on Wall Street in the international banking sector, and spent time in financial sales and marketing. He then relocated to Montréal where he cofounded one of Canada’s first value-added software reseller organizations, offering premium services including life-cycle management, decision-making resources and customized product sourcing. He grew that company from a start-up concept into one of the leading Canadian providers of computer software, systems and services to government agencies, blue-chip companies and consumers. He later founded companies in health-care distribution, magazine publishing and medical specialty marketing.
Daniel holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in international marketing and cross-cultural communications, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from Iona College.