Board of Directors Biographies

Kent Thexton

Chair of the Board of Directors

Kent Thexton was named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Wireless in May 2018. He joined the Sierra Wireless Board of Directors in March 2005 and has served as Chair of the Board since February 2016. Kent also currently serves as a member of the Board’s Governance and Nominating Committee. He is Founder and General Partner at ScaleUP Ventures Fund, a venture capital fund that targets early stage investments in high growth technology companies in large, expanding markets. Kent gained extensive experience in the international wireless sphere through executive roles at major wireless carriers. Some career highlights include serving as Chief Data and Marketing Officer and board member at European telecom firm O2 (now part of Telefonica), where he led its spin out from British Telecom. Previously, he also served as Chief Operating Officer at Rogers Cantel (now Rogers Wireless). Kent has also built and led several other companies, including venture-backed i-wireless, a leading US MVNO.

Gregory D. Aasen

Lead Independent Director of the Board - 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).

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.

Russ Jones

Retired Executive

Russ Jones is the former CFO of Shopify Inc., He joined Shopify in early 2011 and took them public in May 2015. Prior to Shopify, Russ held several 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. Russ 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.