Board of Directors Biographies

Kent Thexton

Chair of the Board of Directors

Kent Thexton joined the Sierra Wireless board in March 2005 and was appointed as Chair in February 2016. Mr. Thexton also currently serves as a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of Redknee Inc. where he is the non-executive Chairman and sits on the Audit, Compensation and Nominations committees.

Mr. Thexton is General Partner at ScaleUP Ventures Fund, a venture capital fund that targets early stage investments in high growth technology companies in large, expanding markets. In his career to date, Mr. Thexton has gained extensive experience in the international wireless sphere through executive roles at major wireless carriers including O2 (now part of Telefonica) and Rogers Cantel. 

Mr. Thexton resides in Toronto and holds an MBA and B Sc. in Engineering from the University of Western Ontario.

Charles E. Levine

Retired Executive

Charles Levine has been a member of the Sierra Wireless board since May 2003 and served as Chair from April 2006 to February 2016. He also serves as a member of the Audit and Human Resources committees of the Board. Mr. Levine is a retired executive who has served on a number of public company boards, including three technology companies.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Levine was president of Sprint PCS during a period that saw revenue growth at Sprint PCS increase to more than $10 billion in less than five years. Prior to that role, Mr. Levine served as Sprint PCS’ chief sales and marketing officer. Prior to Sprint PCS, Mr. Levine successfully built new businesses for a number of companies including Octel, AT&T, GE, and Procter & Gamble.

Mr. Levine is originally from Columbus, Ohio and now resides in Glen Ellen, California. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College with a major in economics and holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management where he graduated at the top of his class.

Gregory D. Aasen

Retired Executive

Greg Aasen joined the Sierra Wireless board in December 1997. Mr. Aasen also currently serves as the Chair of the Company’s 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.

Robin Abrams

Retired Executive

Robin Abrams joined the Sierra Wireless board in March 2010. In addition, Ms. Abrams currently serves as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. She also serves on a number 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 solutions segments including serving as chief executive officer 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 B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Nebraska.

Paul G. Cataford

President and Chief Executive Officer, Zephyr Sleep Technologies

Paul G. Cataford is an independent director and has served on public and private boards for over 20 years. In addition to his board activities, Mr. Cataford is currently the 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 serves on the board of 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).

Jason W. Cohenour

Chief Executive Officer

Sierra Wireless Director (see Executive Biographies)

Thomas Sieber

Retired Executive

Thomas Sieber joined the Sierra Wireless board in January 2014 and is a member of the Audit and Governance and Nominating committees.  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.