Board of Directors Biographies

Robin A. Abrams

Board Chair

Robin Abrams was appointed as Board Chair by the Board of Directors on October 16, 2018, replacing Kent Thexton who was appointed President and CEO effective November 1, 2018. Ms. Abrams joined the Sierra Wireless board in March 2010 and is currently a member of the Audit Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee.

Ms. Abrams serves on a number of boards including three publicly traded companies: HCL Technologies; Lattice Semiconductor; and FactSet Research Systems. Ms. Abrams has extensive experience in the mobile communications and software solution segments including serving as CEO of Firefly Mobile - a mobile products company for the youth market. Prior to that, she was president and CEO of BlueKite, a leading provider of bandwidth optimization software for wireless operators. Ms. Abrams also served as president and CEO of Palm Computing Inc. where she led the launches of the Palm V and Palm VII handheld devices. Ms. Abrams resides in Los Altos, California and earned her BA in JD degrees from the University of Nebraska.

Gregory D. Aasen

Retired Executive

Greg Aasen is an independent director who joined the Sierra Wireless board in December 1997 and currently serves as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee. Prior to his retirement in June 2007, Mr. Aasen was the chief strategy officer at PMC-Sierra, a company which Mr. Aasen was instrumental in founding in 1992. At PMC-Sierra, Mr. Aasen also served as vice president and general manager of the Communications Products division, chief operating officer, and chief technology officer. With extensive experience in the semiconductor industry, Mr. Aasen began his career at Mitel. In 1986, he joined MPR Teltech and later established the Pacific Microelectronic Centre (PMC) which provided the genesis for PMC-Sierra which was spun out of MPR Teltech in 1992. Mr. Aasen resides in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1979.

Paul G. Cataford

President and Chief Executive Officer, Zephyr Sleep Technologies

Paul G. Cataford is an independent director and joined the Sierra Wireless board in July 1998. Mr. Cataford currently serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Human Resources Committee. Mr. Cataford is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Sleep Technologies Inc., a private company in the medical device industry. Previously, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of University Technologies Inc. (2004 to 2009) and prior to that: Executive Managing Director of BMO Nesbitt Burns Equity Partners Inc. (Private Equity); and Managing Director and President of BCE Capital Inc. (Venture Capital). Mr. Cataford also currently serves on the boards of AGJuction Inc., Trakopolis IoT Corp. and Defence Construction Canada (a Crown Corporation). Mr. Cataford has extensive knowledge and experience in: technology investing; building and scaling technology companies; corporate governance; public/private finance; and financial reporting. Mr. Cataford completed a Mechanical Engineering Degree at Queen's University (1987) and a Masters of Business Administration specializing in finance and international business, at the Schulich School of Business (York University - 1991).  Mr. Cataford has received the Institute of Corporate Directors certified designation (ICD.D) after attending the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (University of Toronto - 2002).

Joy Chik

Corporate Vice President – Identity Division, Microsoft

Joy Chik joined the Sierra Wireless board in October 2018 and also serves as a member of the Human Resources Committee. Ms. Chik is Corporate Vice President for the Identity Division in Microsoft’s Cloud + AI group. Her teams are responsible for Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Account (MSA), Microsoft Graph, Identity and Access Management Security suites which are delivered to customers as cloud services or on-premises products. Since joining Microsoft in 1998 as a software engineer contributing to Terminal Services in Windows 2000, Ms. Chik has steadily risen in the company as an established leader of some of the industry’s most impactful engineering teams. Joy graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Anita Borg Institute and is active in charities focused on encouraging women and girls to pursue careers in technology. Ms. Chik is also the co-chair for the Strategy and Programs Committee at the Anita Borg Institute as well as a member on their Compensation Committee.

Russell N. Jones

Retired Executive

Russ Jones joined the Sierra Wireless board in September 2018 and also serves as a member of the Audit Committee. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Jones was CFO of Shopify Inc., He joined Shopify in early 2011 and took them public in May 2015. Mr. Jones has also held senior executive roles at a number of companies including Mitel Corporation, Newbridge Networks, Watchfire, Quake Technologies. He also co-founded a CFO advisory firm focused on earlier stage technology companies. Mr. Jones is a director of CPA Ontario and sits on both its HR and Finance and Audit Committees. He is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Carleton University and an ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Thomas Sieber

Retired Executive

Thomas Sieber joined the Sierra Wireless board in January 2014 and serves as the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and is a member of the Audit committee. Mr. Sieber has extensive experience as a technology industry executive with demonstrated expertise in building pan-European enterprise sales channels. 

Mr. Sieber was the CEO of Salt Mobile SA (formerly Orange Switzerland) from 2009 to 2012, where he led a successful turnaround of the business and drove the sales process of the company to a new owner.  He then served as Chairman until the end of 2015. Before joining Orange, Mr. Sieber was Executive Vice President of Sales for Fujitsu Siemens Computers. Mr. Sieber started his career at Hewlett-Packard, advancing to General Manager for Small and Medium Enterprise, EMEA, by the time he left the company in 2001. He studied Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland, graduating in 1987.  In March 2016 he was appointed as Chairman of the largest Swiss utility company Axpo Holding AG.  

Mr. Sieber also currently serves on the board of directors of the Swiss software company Garaio AG and the Indian IT services company, HCL Technologies.  Mr. Sieber is a Swiss national and resides in Zurich. He studied Economics at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), graduating in 1987.

Kent P. Thexton

President & Chief Executive Officer

Kent Thexton was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of the company effective November 1, 2018. Mr. Thexton has been a member of the Sierra Wireless Board of Directors since March 2005 and was Board Chair from February 2016 to October 2018.

Mr. Thexton brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience in the cellular wireless and IoT industries as well as venture capital technology investing. He held prominent roles as Founding Chief Marketing Officer and board member of O2 plc in the U.K. (now part of Telefonica); the Chief Operating Officer of Rogers Cantel in Canada; and he co-founded a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) business in the U.S. Mr. Thexton has recently served as Managing Partner at OMERS Ventures and Co-founder and General Partner at ScaleUp Ventures.