Sierra Wireless welcomes new president and CEO

15 July 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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The former EVP of Veritas Technologies, Phil Brace, starts a new role in less than two weeks as president and CEO of Sierra Wireless.

Prior to his role at Veritas, Brace was president of Seagate Technology’s Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions, executive vice president at LSI Corporation, and GM at Intel Corporation.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Sacramento.

He said: “The global IoT solutions market is growing rapidly and Sierra Wireless is well positioned to lead with its strong portfolio of connectivity services, gateways, and embedded modules. I am very excited to join the company and look forward to making a major impact to drive growth and profitability,”

Robin Abrams, chair of the Sierra Wireless board of directors added: “I am thrilled to welcome Phil to Sierra Wireless.

“After an extensive search process, we are pleased to have secured a high-calibre candidate with a strong track record and more than 25 years’ experience in the semiconductor, server, and storage industries including hardware, software, services, engineering, marketing, and sales. I am confident Phil will add significant value in leading Sierra Wireless’ continued growth as a global IoT solutions provider.”

Phil Brace fills Kent Thexton's shoes, effective 26 July, with Thexton expected to leave the business on 13 August.

Commenting on his departure, Thexton said: “The transformation of Sierra Wireless into a leader in complete IoT Solutions has been an exciting journey and the business has great sales momentum.

“The Industrial IoT market is in the early stages of digitizing all its assets and Sierra Wireless is growing with the key leaders in this market.  Further growth is coming from 5G and the strong market acceptance of Sierra Wireless new 5G gateways. I am excited to see Phil lead the team and the company to great success.”