May 21, 2009
San Diego-based Novatel Wireless reported Wednesday that it has appointed retired U.S. Army Gen. John D. Wakelin to its board of directors, effective Monday. The wireless broadband technology firm described Wakelin as an experienced professional who spent the past 20 years in senior executive and business development roles for Science Applications International Corp.
At SAIC, Novatel said, Wakelin oversaw various programs in large-scale computing, telecommunications systems and complex enterprise software systems for the public and private sectors. Novatel noted that Wakelin retired as a brigadier general after a 30-year career that culminated as deputy director for Command Control and Communications for the Joint Chiefs of Staff under two U.S. presidents.
General John Wakelin Bio
Gen. John Wakelin is a Brigadier General (retired) and is the Deputy Program Manager of ARMY Research Laboratory at SAIC. John joined SAIC in 1989, after completing 30 years of active U.S. Army service retiring at the rank of Brigadier General. His last military assignment was serving as the Joint Staff Deputy J-6 (communications) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). He commanded tactical communications-electronic units through Airborne Signal Brigade (Fort Bragg NC). Level of experience ranges from engineering and employment of most tactical communication capabilities, digital telephone systems and satellite communication systems. Managed large programs and Program Managers in the military and for SAIC. John and his wife Jan attend St Michael's in Poway.