John Ratigan – President
John Ratigan is the president of iDirect Government Technologies (iGT). He started the federal group for iDirect Technologies in 2003 and then established iGT as a wholly owned subsidiary in 2007.
Under his leadership, the group has enjoyed tremendous growth, deploying thousands of terminals in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as many civilian networks.
Ratigan brings more than 20 years of experience in the satellite communications arena. Prior to joining iGT, Ratigan ran the East Coast operations for both Fairchild Data and EFDATA, and eventually partnered in his own company that helped EFDATA grow from $20 million to $120 million in revenue and up to 700 employees in 2000. EFDATA became the preeminent leader in SCPC satellite technology in the late 1990’s and provided the baseline knowledge and expertise that would later benefit his role with iGT and the migration of technology into TDMA. In addition to starting his own company, he held the position of senior vice president of North and South American sales for the start-up, Broadlogic, as companies started to run IP directly over satellite.
Ratigan began his career in the United States Senate working for Senator Bill Armstrong (R-Colorado), then joined the legal sales team at the Xerox Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Maryland.
Mike Fraser – Executive Vice President
Michael Fraser is executive vice president of iDirect Government Technologies (iGT). He joined iGT in 2011 to support the company’s expansion into new government markets and technologies.
In his role, Fraser leads iGT’s business operations, sales, finance and engineering.
Fraser brings 18 years of experience to iGT through senior management positions at USIS National Security Division, General Dynamics and BT Health Integration Services. Prior to that, he retired from the U.S. Air Force with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of service. In his distinguished military career, he directed contracting on classified space launch programs and the Shuttle Activation Task Force.
Fraser holds a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of La Verne in La Verne, California.
Greg Walker – Senior Vice President
Greg Walker is senior vice president of iDirect Government Technologies (iGT). He joined iGT in 2004, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the satellite industry. As senior vice president of sales with iGT, Walker is responsible for managing sales and business development and has played a key role in the dramatic revenue growth of the federal team.
Prior to joining iGT, Walker spent nine years as general manager of North and South America for Codan USA. He founded the U.S.-based organization as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Australian parent company and developed it into a highly successful business. He was also responsible for opening European and Russian markets for the parent company.
Walker also previously directed sales for eight years for Fairchild Data Corp. He has also held sales and management positions at Anixter, TCI, and Burroughs Corp.
Walker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and management from James Madison University.
Karl Fuchs – Vice President of Technology
Karl Fuchs is vice president of technology for iDirect Government Technologies (iGT). He joined iGT in 2004 as the director of sales engineering, just as the satellite-based IP communications company was expanding its very small aperture satellite (VSAT) market presence into the federal government and international Internet Protocol (IP) networking world. He now works as the vice president of technology.
With more than 20 years of experience in technology and with the federal government, Fuchs leads iGT’s team of federal systems engineers and serves as chief architect for new product integration.
Prior to joining iGT, Fuchs was director of systems engineering at Nortel Networks, where he oversaw the Verizon account team of systems engineers, leading the design of IP, frame relay, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks. Before joining Nortel, he designed IP and ATM networks for Sprint and the federal government.
Active in the satellite industry for more than 10 years, Fuchs has contributed editorial to numerous publications including Federal Computer Week, Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, COTS Journal, Military Information Technology, Via Satellite, MILSATCOM and Satellite Evolution Global. In addition, he has been a featured speaker at leading industry events including the DoD SATCOM User Workshop, ISCe, IBC, Pacific Telecommunications Council and Emergency Management Talks.
Fuchs holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., and an MBA from Averett University, Danville, Va.
Jim Hanlon – Vice President of Operations
Jim Hanlon is vice president of operations for iDirect Government Technologies (iGT). He joined iGT in 2007, directly from active duty in the Army where he served 21 years culminating in his role as chief of plans and operations for the Joint Force Headquarters in the National Capital Region.
In his role, Hanlon is responsible for day to day operations, project planning and program security.
Hanlon’s military career included assignments throughout Southwest Asia. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with V-Device (Valor), Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and 5-Meritorious Service Medals, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab and Airborne and Air Assault Badges.
Hanlon graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 with a Master of Science in public health with a focus on public health response to mass casualty events. Since his graduation, Hanlon has been an Adjunct Instructor with UNC in its Community Preparedness and Disaster Management online course offered to first responders throughout the country.
Greg Scott – Vice President of Finance
Greg Scott is the vice president of finance for iDirect Government Technologies (iGT). He joined iGT in 2010 to oversee all financial operations, including reporting, audits, planning and forecasting, business analysis and accounting, and handles all human resources-related issues, including benefit administration, payroll and incentive compensation.
Prior to joining iGT, Scott worked for the parent company, VT iDirect, Inc., as the director of operations and finance. He has received nine performance awards during his career.
Scott brings more than 22 years of finance and accounting experience to iGT from leading telecommunications companies. He has worked for Sprint Nextel Corporation as a senior manager and MCI Communications Corporation as manager of financial planning and analysis. He started his career at AmeriBanc Savings Bank where he worked as an accounts payable manager and staff accountant.
Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., and a Master of Accountancy from George Washington University’s School of Business, Washington, D.C.