Sierra Wireless Announces Change to the Board of Directors

Industry veteran and Former President of Sprint PCS, Charles Levine to be Named New Chairman of the Board.
Vancouver, Canada-April 25, 2006

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) held its Annual General Meeting today where updates to the Board of Directors were announced.

The Board announced that it has appointed Charles Levine as Chairman of the Board. Effective immediately, Mr. Levine will replace Mr. Peter Ciceri as Chairman, who wishes to step down from that position. Mr. Ciceri continues as a member of the Board of Directors. In his role as Chair, Mr. Levine is responsible for overall leadership and effectiveness of the board and will be the board’s primary liaison with management.

Mr. Levine has served on the Sierra Wireless board since 2002. As former President of Sprint PCS in the late 1990s, Mr. Levine led the company through a period of rapid growth, establishing Sprint PCS as one of the leading wireless operators in the U.S. Prior to his role as President, Mr. Levine served as Sprint PCS’ chief sales and marketing officer, responsible for launching many industry-leading initiatives. His extensive background also includes board positions with Somera Communications, @Road, Viisage Technology and Lexar Media. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Levine graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College with a major in economics and received his masters in business administration from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

“Peter Ciceri has done an excellent job as Chairman of the Board over the last year and on behalf of the board I would like to thank him for his contributions.  I also look forward to continuing to benefit from Peter’s expertise as an ongoing member of our board,” said Jason Cohenour, President and Chief Executive Officer for Sierra Wireless. “Charles has more than 25 years of experience in building profitable businesses for some of North America’s largest companies and he has already contributed significantly to the board as an Independent Outside Director. His wealth of knowledge and expertise will be a strong asset to our organization as we continue to execute on business development activities that will strengthen our position in wide area wireless for mobile computing.”   

“Sierra Wireless is a recognized leader in the wireless data industry and I am pleased to accept the role of Chairman,” stated Mr. Levine. “I look forward to contributing to the Company’s global business strategy and to working with the entire Sierra Wireless team to drive results and raise the profile of the company worldwide.”

About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) develops and markets reliable, high quality wireless communications products that provide mobile professionals with data and voice access to wide area wireless networks. The Sierra Wireless product portfolio includes the award-winning AirCard® line of wireless PC cards, embedded modules for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and the MP line of rugged, vehicle-mounted wireless modems. Sierra Wireless also offers professional services to OEM customers during product development, leveraging the company’s expertise in wireless design and integration to provide built-in wireless connectivity for notebook computers and other portable computing devices. For more information about Sierra Wireless, please visit

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Dave McLennan
Sierra Wireless
Phone: (604) 231-1185
Email: [email protected]