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Executive Team

From our product engineers and sales professionals, to our executive management and Board of Directors, Westell’s leadership team is comprised of industry veterans and thought leaders. Our expertise, focus and customer-centric philosophy differentiates us from other network advancement companies.


Kirk Brannock

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kirk joined Westell as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016 after serving as a member of Westell’s Board of Directors from February 2011 to September 2014.  He retired in 2010 from his position as Senior Vice President — Ethernet Deployment at AT&T, a leading provider of voice, video, data and broadband delivery services, after a career spanning more than 30 years. Previously Kirk served in leadership positions at AT&T, Ameritech and SBC, including Senior Vice President — AT&T National Installation & Maintenance and President — SBC/Ameritech Midwest Network Services. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Michigan State University and is currently a Board Member and Treasurer for a Marriott International $42M Cooperative.


Tom Minichiello

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary

Tom joined Westell in 2013 as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary, responsible for all aspects of finance as well as information technology, human resources, legal, contract administration, and real estate. Tom came to Westell from Tellabs, where he served as acting Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President of Financial Operations, Vice President of Finance for North America, Director of Finance for Tellabs’ product divisions, and Controller for the optical networking group. Prior to Tellabs, Tom served in various financial leadership roles at Andrew Corporation, Phelps Dodge, and United Technologies. He began his career in the finance organization at Sterling Drug. Tom holds an Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Operations Management from DePaul University, a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Hartford, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Villanova University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Financial Executives International, and serves on the Chicago Advisory Board for Back on My Feet.


Mike Moran

Senior Vice President, In-Building Wireless

Mike joined Westell in 2015 as Chief Technology Officer and assumed the role of Senior Vice President, In-Building Wireless in 2016. Prior to joining Westell, Mike served in a variety of key positions at Tellabs including Director of Portfolio Strategy; Director of Planning, Systems Engineering and Architecture; and Director of Engineering. Mike also served as Chief Architect at McAfee and held prominent technical and executive positions at Netscout, Pulsecom, Alcatel, Siemens, and GTE. He has been awarded 22 patents including “Application Layer Analysis and Prescribed Analytics of Real-Time Data.” Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the DeVry Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.


J.J. Swartwood

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales

J.J. joined Westell in 2005 as Regional Sales Vice President with responsibility for AT&T and assumed the role of Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, in 2016. During his tenure at Westell, J.J. served in a number of roles including Vice President, North American Sales. Prior to joining Westell, Swartwood served as a Director and Vice President of Sales at HyperEdge. J.J. earned a Bachelor of Arts in Telecom Management from DeVry University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Beloit College.