Xata names Coughlan chairman, CEO

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Xata Corp., a provider of onboard fleet management systems for private fleets, announced Friday, Sept. 29, that Jay Coughlan has been named chairman and chief executive officer. Coughlan — who most recently was president and CEO of Lawson Software — will be responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of Xata, with a focus on furthering company growth, executing strategic transactions and increasing the company’s visibility on Wall Street.

“Xata’s board selected Mr. Coughlan based on his successful track record in building a market-leading software company, as well as his public company CEO experience,” says Woody Marshall, board member for Minneapolis-based Xata. “After an expansive search for a CEO, Jay was our top choice. We are thrilled to have him join our team. Jay’s experience and expertise significantly strengthens our ability to accelerate revenue growth and drive additional strategic partnerships.”

Craig Fawcett, outgoing chairman and CEO, is leaving to return to an executive position at Deere & Co., where he spent much of his career before joining Xata. “With his impressive 18-year career at Lawson and history of proven leadership during Lawson’s high growth period, Jay brings the skills Xata needs to continue to execute our strategy,” Fawcett says. “Jay’s strong business skills, management ability and tremendous energy will enable him to further advance Xata’s leadership position in fleet management solutions.”