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.
Christine Scott is the vice president of finance and assistant executive director. In her position, Scott oversees all aspects of finance, operations, and human resources. Scott brings invaluable financial acumen, leadership, and integrity to this growing organization.
Scott started at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) in 2002 when the organization was in its infancy, running with just contractors and volunteers—and only 2,500 members. Over the last twelve years, Scott implemented financial procedures and processes, a human resources program, operations procedures, and helped grow the SIG to support over 25,000 members.
Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Maryland.
Peter Carlson is Vice President of Engineering for Bluetooth SIG. He leads the technical teams responsible for designing, creating, delivering and maintaining all the software tools and services that are provided to Bluetooth SIG membership. These tools help members develop, qualify and list their Bluetooth products as well as create and manage the Bluetooth specification.
Carlson brings over 20 years of innovative product development, systems architecture and technical leadership to his role. Most recently, Carlson worked as a General Manager and Vice President of Engineering at SoftwareAG and webMethods where he was responsible for a global Engineering organization that developed their Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) and drove their Mobile and Social BPM strategies. He played a critical role in bringing disparate acquired technologies into a cohesive BPMS suite that would become a market leader. He was also responsible for running the company’s Cloud Virtualization infrastructure team and helped successfully drive Agile and Lean software development methodologies that helped transform the engineering organization.
Prior to webMethods, Carlson developed software and led technical teams in the document management, workflow and enterprise portal markets. He holds several key patents in structured document authoring and publishing and contributed to the webDAV specification while at Adobe’s Internet Products Division. Before Adobe, he began his technical career by combining his interest in coding and physics to develop acoustical analysis software for the US Navy and outage analysis software for the electrical utility industry.
Carlson enjoys cycling, music and absolutely any activity that involves his family. He currently lives in Seattle 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 to improve architecture, testing and qualification, 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 company's initial Ethernet service field trial in East Coast region, which chartered TTM's entry into the Carrier Ethernet service space.
Alejandro enjoys sports and is active in faith community services. He currently resides in the Seattle area with his wife and their three children.
Errett Kroeter is the senior director of brand & developer marketing at the Bluetooth SIG, and works in conjunction with more than 25,000 member companies to guide the ongoing development, implementation, and market proliferation of Bluetooth technology – extending the reach of the brand across industry and consumer segments.
With more than 20 years of emerging-technology marketing experience, Kroeter leads an international team charged with all aspects of Bluetooth marketing, brand management, communications, and business development. He has built and led multi-million dollar channel programs and corporate marketing organizations in wireless, networking, hardware, software and telecommunications. Kroeter previously held leadership positions at IBM Software, Qwest Communications, Gateway, and Lantronix.
Kroeter holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado. He is a frequent industry speaker and presenter. A native of Colorado, he now resides with his family in the Seattle area.
Marriot Winquist is responsible for the growth, support, and development of the membership base at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Winquist oversees three pillars of the organization — Market Strategy and Insights, Member Development and Relations, and Member Tools. Her team delivers front-line support to the global membership base; provides guidance for members to get their products from development to market; utilizes member, market, and competitive insights to develop and drive prioritization of organizational strategies; and drives the roadmap for member tools – going across the entire chain from development, testing, qualification, and listing.
Winquist has over 18 years of combined technical and marketing experience, specializing in customer and membership management, engagement and growth. Prior to the SIG, she spent over six years at T-Mobile USA, developing and executing customer marketing and retention strategies for targeted segments.
Winquist holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. Originally from Hong Kong, she made Vancouver B.C. her home for over 10 years, and now lives in the Seattle area with her husband.