Sierra Wireless Announces Retirement of CEO Jason Cohenour

Chair Kent Thexton is Named Interim CEO of the Company; Board of Directors Initiates Search for New CEO
Vancouver, Canada-May 31, 2018
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that Jason Cohenour will retire from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer and will be stepping down as a Director of the Company.  Effective May 31, Kent Thexton, Chair of Sierra’s Board of Directors, has been named Interim Chief Executive Officer and the Board has initiated a search for a new CEO.  Mr. Cohenour will continue to serve as an advisor to Mr. Thexton and the Company until June 30.  In addition, Greg Aasen, a Sierra Wireless director since 1997, has been named Lead Independent Director of the Board. 

“On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Jason for his significant contributions to Sierra Wireless throughout his 22 years with the company, including the last 12 years as CEO,” said Mr. Aasen.  “Thanks to Jason’s vision and leadership, Sierra successfully refocused its strategy and transitioned into a global leader in the IoT market.  The Board will be taking this opportunity to recruit a world class leader to guide the Company through its next phase of growth and value creation.  Kent has extensive experience serving in senior leadership positions in the international wireless and technology industries, and I am confident he is the right person to guide Sierra while we conduct a thorough search for our next CEO.”  

“Looking ahead, there is vast opportunity for Sierra and our IoT device to cloud solutions strategy,” said Mr. Thexton.  “IoT market and technology trends, including lower wireless connectivity costs, LPWA, 5G, and artificial intelligence, are creating attractive growth opportunities for the Company’s device to cloud solutions.  I look forward to working closely with Sierra’s talented team in aggressively pursuing these opportunities during this leadership transition.”  

“I am extremely proud of the Company’s accomplishments over the past 12 years, including building a world leader in the IoT market, expanding our global customer base and establishing our device-to-cloud solutions business,” said Mr. Cohenour.  “With all of the necessary ingredients in place, I believe Sierra is perfectly poised for the next chapter in its transformation.”

About Sierra Wireless 
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), is an IoT pioneer, empowering businesses and industries to transform and thrive in the connected economy. Customers start with Sierra because we offer a device to cloud solution, comprised of embedded and networking solutions seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide rely on our expertise in delivering fully integrated solutions to reduce complexity, turn data into intelligence and get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has 1,350 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com

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    • expected cost of sales;
    • expected component supply constraints;
    • our ability to win new business;
    • our ability to integrate the business, operations and workforce of Numerex and to return the Numerex business to profitable growth and realize the expected benefits of the acquisition;
    • our ability to integrate other acquired businesses and realize expected benefits;
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    • unanticipated costs associated with litigation or settlements;
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    • risks related to governmental regulation;
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