Sierra Wireless Appoints Jason Cohenour as President and CEO

Industry Veteran Promoted From Within After Comprehensive Search
Vancouver, B.C.-October 27, 2005
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) announces today that Jason W. Cohenour has been selected by the Board of Directors as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer.

"The company has conducted a comprehensive search process over the past 6 months, and has considered a strong field of candidates, both internal and external" said Peter Ciceri, Chairman of the company's Board of Directors. "Jason Cohenour is the right person to lead the company to the next level."

Jason Cohenour joined Sierra Wireless in 1996, built the company's carrier, reseller and OEM distribution channels, was promoted to Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales in 2000 and has served as the company's Chief Operating Officer since August 2004. He has cross-functional experience in sales, service, marketing, product management, manufacturing operations, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate strategy.

"Sierra Wireless products are already used by millions of customers on dozens of wireless networks in countries all around the world," said Jason Cohenour, incoming President and Chief Executive Officer. "I plan to focus the company on the substantial opportunities in our core business and to drive growth, profitability and industry leadership."

Active in the development of the wireless data industry since 1988, Jason has extensive relationships with the company's key stakeholders and previously worked in sales and senior management capacities with Ram Mobile Data and with Motorola's Wireless Data Division. Jason started his career with NCR in 1984, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and completed the AEA Stanford Executive Institute at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a director and a member of the audit and compensation committees of the Board of Directors of Epic Data Inc.

Mr. Cohenour assumes his new responsibilities on October 28. He succeeds David Sutcliffe who has served as the company's CEO since 1995, leading the company's growth from annual revenues of under four hundred thousand dollars in 1994 to over two hundred million dollars in 2004. Mr. Sutcliffe will, at the request of the Board of Directors, continue to serve the company in a non-management capacity as a member of the Board.

"Leading the team at Sierra Wireless has been the highlight of my business career," said David Sutcliffe, retiring President and Chief Executive Officer. "I thank every member of our team for their support and contributions, and congratulate Jason on his well-earned promotion."

Forward-Looking Statements

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About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless is a leader in delivering highly differentiated wireless solutions that enable our customers to improve their productivity and lifestyle. Sierra Wireless develops and markets AirCard, the industry-leading wireless PC card line for portable computers; embedded modules for OEM wireless applications and the MP line of rugged vehicle-mounted connectivity solutions For more information about Sierra Wireless, please visit

"AirCard" and "Voq" are trademarks of Sierra Wireless, Inc. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Conference Call and Instant Replay

We will host a conference call to discuss our third quarter results and this management change on October 27, 2005 at 2:30 PM PDT, 5:30 PM EDT. To participate in this conference call, please dial the following toll free number approximately ten minutes prior to the commencement of the call:

1-800-765-7646 Passcode: Not required
1-416-641-6670 Passcode: Not required

Should you be unable to participate, Instant Replay will be available for seven business days following the conference call by dialing:

1-800-558-5253 Passcode: 21257167
1-416-626-4100 Passcode: 21257167

We look forward to having you participate in our call.


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Phone: (604) 231-1185
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