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.

Jim Anderson

President and CEO, Lattice Semiconductor

Jim Anderson is Lattice Semiconductor’s President and CEO and serves on the Company’s Board of Directors. He joined Lattice in September 2018 and has since driven a transformation of the company that has led to record profitability and more than a doubling of market capitalization. Prior to Lattice, Mr. Anderson led AMD’s Computing and Graphics business group from 2015. Prior to AMD, he held a broad range of leadership positions spanning general management, engineering, sales, marketing, and strategy at companies including, Intel, Broadcom Limited (formerly, Avago Technologies) and LSI Corporation. Mr. Anderson holds an MBA and Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Karima Bawa

Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance and Innovation and IP Advisor

Karima is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation and serves as an IP Advisor. She is a board member for the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents and for the British Columbia Health Professions Review Board. Ms. Bawa is also the former General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for Research In Motion Limited (now BlackBerry). In the 12 years she served at BlackBerry, she was a member of the senior leadership team and oversaw a global legal team. Ms. Bawa was also a member of various strategic and operational senior management committees. She is a lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master in Business Administration and an ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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 K. Linton

Independent Director

Thomas K. is a recognized expert in procurement and supply chain management, most recently serving as the chief procurement and supply chain officer for Flex. He was honored with the Institute of Supply Management’s prestigious J. Shipman Gold Medal in 2019, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Procurement Leaders Organization in 2017, and he was inducted into the Chief Procurement Officers Hall of Fame. Mr. Linton spent 20 years at IBM, developing and founding several worldwide trading and technical centers. After leaving IBM, Mr. Linton helped found E2Open, Inc., a supply chain software company. He has served as chief procurement officer at Agere Systems and Freescale Semiconductor, and as executive vice president and chief procurement officer at LG Electronics. He has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Mobility and currently serves as an advisory board member for a number of institutions of higher learning, including the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, as well as on several boards in the electronics hardware supply chain.

Martin Mc Court

Independent Director

Over a 14-year career as EVP Strategy and M&A, CTO and CMO for Gemalto, Martin Mc Court was instrumental in repositioning Gemalto from smartcards to Digital Security, building a €1 Billion Platform and Services business on top of the historical hardware business. Executing more than 40 acquisitions, Gemalto doubled in size to €3 Billion revenues, creating leadership positions in the adjacent markets for IOT, Cybersecurity and Biometrics. Gemalto was acquired by Thales in 2019. Previously Mr. Mc Court worked for 20 years at Corning Inc., holding a variety of management roles across R&D, Sales & Marketing, Strategy and M&A, most recently as GM of the worldwide network design and installation business. Mr. Mc Court also serves on the board of directors of IDnow GmbH (Germany) and Veridium ID (UK). Mr. Mc Court holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Ph.D from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, a B.Eng (Electronics) from University College Dublin and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Corporate Directors Certificate program.

Lori O'Neill

Independent Corporate Director, Financial Executive and Advisor

Lori O’Neill is a FCPA, FCA, corporate director and independent financial and governance consultant. She provides governance and financial consulting services to growth companies, after serving over 24 years with Deloitte LLP. As a partner at Deloitte LLP with various National and Industry leadership roles, she focused on advising growth companies from start-up to multinationals, supporting complex transactions, private and public equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions in Canada and the U.S.  Lori serves on the board of Constellation Software, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Hydro Ottawa, and Pythian Group, and is chair of the board of Ashbury College. Ms. O’Neill graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce Highest Honors in 1988, achieved her CPA, CA designation in 1990, her U.S. CPA designation in 2003, and completed the ICD Director Education Program attaining the ICD.D.

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.

Mark Twaalfhoven

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mark Twaalfhoven is an international executive with more than 25 years of experience in managing and improving efficiency of complex, global technology organizations. Between 2014 and 2019, Mr. Twaalfhoven served as CEO of Pulse Electronics, where he significantly improved profitability and generated a 15-fold return on invested capital upon sale of the company. Previously, Mr. Twaalfhoven was President at Valuec B.V., a Hong Kong based investment firm focusing on performance improvements of growing technology companies. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Twaalfhoven led the restructuring and successful turnaround of Teleplan International, a listed company providing total lifecycle care solutions for the computer, mobile phone and consumer industries, where he served as President and CEO. Between 1996 and 2005, Mr. Twaalfhoven served in a number of positions, including Senior Vice President and Corporate Officer of Amphenol Corporation, where he led the development and tenfold growth of its Asian operations. Mr. Twaalfhoven holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Gregory L. Waters

Independent Corporate Director and Advisor

Gregory L. Waters joined the Sierra Wireless board in March 2020. Mr. Waters also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. From 2014 to 2019, he was President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Integrated Device Technology Inc., which was acquired by Renesas Electronics in April 2019. Prior to IDT, Mr. Waters served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Skyworks Solutions from 2003 to 2012, where he led the company’s wireless businesses to an industry leadership position. He joined Agere Systems Inc in 1998, serving in various roles, including Vice President of the wireless communications business and Vice President of the broadband communications business, and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, where he played a key role in the company's IPO. He began his career at Texas Instruments Inc. in a variety of management positions in sales, customer design centers and product line management. Mr. Waters has a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Vermont and an M.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University, with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence.