Mark Powell is a wireless industry veteran and entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in leadership positions at some of the industry's largest and most innovative mobile technology providers. Prior to joining the SIG in August 2012, he served as vice president of the client software business unit at Kineto Wireless, a company he co-founded in 2001 with the vision of using unlicensed spectrum to deliver cellular services.
At Kineto, Powell played a major role in the initial system design, work for which he is listed as inventor on several of the company's key patents. He was also responsible for establishing Kineto's critical technology alliances and industry standards position, both of which helped establish the company as an industry leader in mobile operator solutions for mobile VoIP, coverage, and offload.
Prior to Kineto, Powell served in executive roles at mobile industry leaders Nokia and later Motorola, where he led the handset division portfolio team launching many innovative products including some of Motorola's first
Bluetooth® enabled phones.
A native of Portsmouth, U.K, Mr. Powell started his career in the mobile industry by joining British startup Technophone Ltd. (later acquired by Nokia) after graduating from Highbury College of Technology. At Technophone, he helped develop software and hardware for some of the world's first handheld mobile phones.
Now residing in Kirkland, WA with his wife MaryEllen, Powell enjoys sports, particularly football (soccer), and is an avid follower of his hometown team, Portsmouth F.C.
Suke Jawanda is Chief Marketing Officer of the Bluetooth SIG. Working in conjunction with its over 20,000 members, he is responsible for guiding the ongoing development of the Bluetooth roadmap and market proliferation of the technology—extending the reach of the Bluetooth brand across industry and consumer segments. Jawanda leads an international team charged with all aspects of Bluetooth marketing, brand management, product management, business development, and member services.
Jawanda brings more than 15 years of emerging-technology marketing experience to the Bluetooth SIG. Previously, he worked in EMC’s cloud division and its Mozy subsidiary, leading business and product management, and launch of their cloud-based web, mobile, and sync services targeting business and consumer segments. Prior to Mozy, Jawanda was responsible for Windows Phone 7 platform planning for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business.
Prior to Microsoft, he was partner and vice president at Savatar Consulting (a WPP Group company). Leading their Business Strategy Practice, he developed go-to-market strategies for emerging technologies with blue-chip IT, telecom, and software clients including Verizon, AT&T, HP, Microsoft, Cablevision, and Cisco Systems. At Savatar, he also created and led the practice that developed and commercialized the first wave of VoIP products for consumer and business segments.
Jawanda received his M.A. from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and B.B.A. from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada). Originally from Canada, he currently resides in the Seattle area with his wife and two children.
Jon Alejandro is vice president of technical operations and is responsible for the management of Bluetooth SIG specification development and the product qualification process. His team focuses on working closely with Bluetooth SIG member committees for architecture, testing and qualifications, and with member companies to enable the innovation, development and qualification of Bluetooth products.
Alejandro brings more than 15 years of international experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry. He is originally from the Philippines where he started his career as a programmer and rose to the rank of CIO for Nextel Philippines. Nextel transferred him to the US headquarters in Virginia, where he led the deployment of Nextel International’s (NII) global mobile data services, serving Latin America and Asia. He managed the technology development of NII’s mobile data applications and operations of regional data centers in Mexico and Argentina. Subsequently, he held several other director-level positions at NII, and led various initiatives related to business process re-engineering/automation and global architecture standards and procedures.
Prior to joining Bluetooth SIG, Alejandro spent six years at Telecom Transport Management, Inc. (TTM), a pioneer and leading provider of wireless backhaul and alternate access services. As IT director, Alejandro provided strategic leadership and governance in aligning IT initiatives with the business. In conjunction with this role, he was instrumental in leading the initial Ethernet service field trial in the company’s New Jersey market, which chartered TTM’s entry into the Carrier Ethernet service space.
Alejandro studied business at Bellevue University and attended MIT Sloan for executive development training.
Alejandro enjoys sports, in particular basketball, and is active in faith community services. He currently resides in the Seattle area with his wife Gina and their three children.