Board of Directors
The OpenText™ Board of Directors is a team of professionals with years of market leadership, experience and knowledge.
P. Thomas (Tom) Jenkins
Mr. Jenkins is Chair of the Board of OpenText Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC) of Waterloo, the largest software company in Canada. Mr. Jenkins is the Chair of the National Research Council of Canada and the tenth Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He is Chair of the Ontario Global 100 (OG100) and a co-founder of Communitech in Waterloo.
Mr. Jenkins has pioneered many of the technologies commonly used today to manage digital information to increase productivity and governance. Mr. Jenkins is the author or co-author of ten widely read books, most recently Digital: Disrupt or Die, eGovernment or Out of Government and Enterprise Information Management. Mr. Jenkins has co-authored with his excellency, David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, the book Ingenious which is a history of innovation in Canada that will be released in March 2017.
Mr. Jenkins is a member of the board of Manulife Financial Corporation, Thomson Reuters Inc., and TransAlta Corporation. He is a member of the Business Council of Canada, the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Mr. Jenkins is the Co-Chair of the Business Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) that is the co-ordinating body of Canada’s largest employers, largest universities and colleges. He is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Council for the Governor General of Canada Innovation Awards Program. He is the past Chair of the Government of Canada reports on: Military Procurement Review; Research and Development Policy Review; and the Innovation and Government Procurement. Mr. Jenkins was the founding Chair of the federal centre of excellence Canadian Digital Network which co-ordinates commercialization activity in the digital economy throughout Canada. He has been a past member of Advisory Panels on Open Government, Canadian Space Agency and on the status of women in corporations. He is a past member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Government of Canada’s Competition Policy Review Panel and the Province of Ontario’s Ontario Commercialization Network Review Committee (OCN). He was also past Chair of the Premier of Ontario’s roundtable on innovation.
Mr. Jenkins has received honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo, York University, Carleton University, McMaster University and the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a recipient of the Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year, the McMaster Engineering L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Alumni Award and the Schulich School of Business Outstanding Executive Leadership award. Mr. Jenkins is the recipient of the Next Canada Spotlight Award for lifetime achievement in innovation.
Mr. Jenkins received an M.B.A. (York University), an EE M.A.Sc. (University of Toronto) and a B.Eng. & Mgt. in Engineering Physics and Commerce (McMaster University). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE). He is the 2017 Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF). Mr. Jenkins was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (QDJM). Mr. Jenkins is an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) for his contributions to education and innovation in Canada.
Mark J. Barrenechea
Mr. Barrenechea joined OpenText in January 2012 as the President and Chief Executive Officer. In January 2016, Mr. Barrenechea stepped down as President and assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer, while remaining the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. In September 2017, Mr. Barrenechea was appointed Vice Chair, in addition to remaining the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer Before joining OpenText, Mr. Barrenechea was President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Graphics International Corporation (SGI), where he also served as a member of the Board. During Mr. Barrenechea’s tenure at SGI, he led strategy and execution, which included transformative acquisition of assets, as well as penetrating diverse new markets and geographic regions. Mr. Barrenechea also served as a director of SGI from 2006 to 2012. Prior to SGI, Mr. Barrenechea served as Executive Vice President and CTO for CA, Inc. (CA) (formerly Computer Associates International, Inc.) from 2003 to 2006 and was a member of the executive management team. Before going to CA, Mr. Barrenechea was the Senior Vice President of Applications Development at Oracle Corporation from 1997 to 2003, managing a multi-thousand person global team while serving as a member of the executive management team. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Barrenechea served as Vice President of Development at Scopus, a software applications company. Prior to Scopus, Mr. Barrenechea was the Vice President of Development at Tesseract, where he was responsible for reshaping the company’s line of human capital management software. Mr. Barrenechea serves as a member of the Board and Audit Committee of Dick’s Sporting Goods and as a member of the Board of Avery-Dennison. Mr. Barrenechea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Saint Michael’s College. Mr. Barrenechea has authored several books including The Golden Age of Innovation, On Digital, Digital: Disrupt or Die, eGovernment or Out of Government, Enterprise Information Management: The Next Generation of Enterprise Software, Software Rules and e-Business or out of Business.
Mr. Fowlie has served as a director of OpenText since March 1998. From March 2011 to April 2017, Mr. Fowlie was the President and CEO of RDM Corporation, a leading provider of specialized hardware and software solutions in the electronic payment industry. Mr. Fowlie operated a consulting practice from July 2006 to December 2010. From January 2005 until July 2006, Mr. Fowlie held the position of Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, of Harris Corporation, formerly Leitch Technology Corporation (Leitch), a company that was engaged in the design, development, and distribution of audio and video infrastructure to the professional video industry. Leitch was acquired in August 2005 by Harris Corporation. From June 1999 to January 2005, Mr. Fowlie held the position of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Inscriber Technology Corporation (Inscriber), a computer software company and from February 1998 to June 1999 Mr. Fowlie was the Chief Financial Officer of Inscriber. Inscriber was acquired by Leitch in January 2005. Prior to working at Inscriber Mr. Fowlie was a partner with KPMG LLP, Chartered Accountants, where he worked from 1984 to February 1998. Mr. Fowlie received a B.B.A. (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Currently, Mr. Fowlie is also a director of InvestorCom Inc. In the last five years, Mr. Fowlie also served as a director of RDM Corporation.
Major General David Fraser
Major-General (Ret.) David Fraser is the President of Aegis Six Corporation of Toronto. Mr. Fraser was commissioned as an Infantry Officer following graduation from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1980. He served in various command and staff positions in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry from platoon to Division throughout an illustrious 30 year career. Most notable, he commanded the NATO coalition in southern Afghanistan in 2006. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, holds a Master’s of Management and Policy and is a graduate of the United States Capstone Program (Executive School for generals). His honors and awards including the Commander of Military Merit, the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, the United States Legion of Honor and Bronze Star (for service in Afghanistan), and awards from the Netherlands, Poland, and NATO. He is the recipient of the Vimy award for contributions to leadership and international affairs and the Atlantic Council Award for international leadership. Upon his departure from the military, Mr. Fraser joined the private sector and, along with his partners, created Blue Goose Pure Foods. Mr. Fraser joined INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing as their Chief Operating Officer in 2015. In 2016, he founded Aegis Six Corporation, which aims at addressing the needs of capacity building abroad and for the private sector within Canada. Mr. Fraser currently works with the Bank of Montreal on their Canadian Defence Community Banking Program, serves as a director of Route1, Inc. and is a member of The Prince’s Charities Advisory Council as well as the Conference of Defence Association board. Mr. Fraser is also a mentor at the Ivey Business School and is the co-author of Operation Medusa, The Furious Battle that Saved Afghanistan from the Taliban.
Gail E. Hamilton
Ms. Hamilton has served as a director of OpenText since December 2006. For the five years prior thereto, Ms. Hamilton led a team of over 2,000 employees worldwide as Executive Vice President at Symantec Corp (Symantec), an infrastructure software company, and most recently had “P&L” responsibility for their global services and support business. During her five years at Symantec, Ms. Hamilton helped steer the company through an aggressive acquisition strategy. In 2003, Information Security magazine recognized Ms. Hamilton as one of the “20 Women Luminaries” shaping the security industry. Ms. Hamilton has over 20 years of experience growing leading technology and services businesses in the enterprise market. She has extensive management experience at Compaq and Hewlett Packard, as well as Microtec Research. Ms. Hamilton received both a BSEE from the University of Colorado and an MSEE from Stanford University. Currently, Ms. Hamilton is also a director of the following public companies: Westmoreland Coal Company and Arrow Electronics, Inc. In the past five years Ms. Hamilton also served as a director of Ixia.
Stephen J. Sadler
Mr. Sadler has served as a director of OpenText since September 1997. From April 2000 to present, Mr. Sadler has served as the Chairman and CEO of Enghouse Systems Limited, a publicly traded software engineering company that develops geographic information systems as well as contact center systems. Mr. Sadler was previously Chief Financial Officer, President and Chief Executive Officer of GEAC Computer Corporation Ltd. (GEAC). Prior to Mr. Sadler’s involvement with GEAC, he held executive positions with Phillips Electronics Limited and Loblaws Companies Limited, and was Chairman of Helix Investments (Canada) Inc. Currently, Mr. Sadler is a director of Enghouse Systems Limited. Mr. Sadler holds a B.A. Sc. (Honours) in Industrial Engineering and an M.B.A. (Dean’s List) and he is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Mr. Singh is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Levi Strauss & Co., where he is responsible for managing the company’s finance, information technology, strategic sourcing and global business services functions globally. This includes: financial planning and analysis; strategic planning and corporate development; accounting and controls; tax; enterprise risk management; treasury; internal audit; and investor relations. Mr. Singh is a seasoned financial executive with almost 30 years of experience in driving growth for global consumer brands. Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co. in January 2013, Mr. Singh has served as Chief Financial Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he played an instrumental role in successfully establishing a global financial structure, taking the company public, building a strong balance sheet, and driving growth by supporting capital deployment for acquisition and investments. Before Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Mr. Singh held various global leadership roles at Yum! Brands Inc., one of the world’s largest restaurant companies, (including acting as Chief Financial Officer of Pizza Hut and Chief Financial Officer of Yum International). Early in his career, Mr. Singh also worked at American Express India and PriceWaterhouse in India. Mr. Singh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and is a Chartered Accountant from India. He is also a member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and Wall Street Journal CFO Network. In October 2016, Mr. Singh was named to the board of directors of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc., the owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wings® restaurants, where he served as a director and Chair of the Audit Committee until February 2018.
Mr. Slaunwhite has served as a director of OpenText since March 1998. Mr. Slaunwhite has also been Director and Chairman of Vector Talent Holdings, L.P. (Vector Talent Holdings), the parent holding company of Saba Software Inc. and Halogen Software Inc., since 2017. Prior to his appointment at Vector Talent Holdings, Mr. Slaunwhite served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Halogen Software Inc. from 2000 to August 2006, as President and Chairman from 1995 to 2000, and as a Director and Chairman from 1995 up to its acquisition by Vector Talent Holdings in 2017. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Slaunwhite was an independent consultant to a number of companies, assisting them with strategic and financing plans. Mr. Slaunwhite was the Chief Financial Officer of Corel Corporation from 1988 to 1993. Mr. Slaunwhite holds a B.A. Commerce (Honours) from Carleton University.
Katharine B. Stevenson
Ms. Stevenson has served as a director of OpenText since December of 2008. She is a corporate director who has served on a variety of public and Not-for-Profit boards in Canada and the United States. Ms. Stevenson is director of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) where she chairs its Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Stevenson is also a director of CAE Inc. and Capital Power Corporation. CIBC, CAE Inc., and Capital Power Corporation are all publicly listed companies. She also serves on the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation Board. She was formerly a senior finance executive of Nortel Networks Corporation from 1995 to 2007, serving as global treasurer. Previously, she held a variety of positions in investment and corporate banking at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Ms. Stevenson holds a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) from Harvard University. She is certified with the professional designation ICD.D. granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Previously, Ms. Stevenson also served as a director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Carl Jürgen Tinggren
Mr. Tinggren has served as a director of OpenText since February 2017. Mr. Tinggren is the former Chief Executive Officer of Schindler Group, a European based global industrial corporation, and has over 30 years of international business experience. Previous to Schindler Group, Mr. Tinggren gained extensive management experience at Sika AG, a public specialty chemicals company, based out of Switzerland, Sweden and North America, as well as at Booz Allen & Hamilton. Mr. Tinggren is currently a non-executive member of the board of directors of Johnson Controls International, where he also serves as lead director and as chair of the audit committee. He is also a director at the Conference Board. Previously, Mr. Tinggren also formerly served as a director of Schindler Group and Sika AG. Mr. Tinggren received an M.B.A. from Stockholm School of Economics and New York University Business School.
Ms. Weinstein has served as a director of OpenText since December 2009. Ms. Weinstein is a co-founder and partner of LaBarge Weinstein LLP, a business law firm based in Ottawa, Ontario, since 1997. Ms. Weinstein’s legal practice specializes in corporate finance, securities law, mergers and acquisitions and business law representation of public and private companies, primarily in knowledge-based growth industries. Prior to founding LaBarge Weinstein LLP, Ms. Weinstein was a partner of the law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where she practiced from 1990 to 1997 in Ottawa, and in Toronto from 1985 to 1987. Ms. Weinstein also serves as a director of Dynex Power Inc., a manufacturer of power semiconductors, and on a number of not-for-profit boards. Ms. Weinstein holds an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. In the last five years, Ms. Weinstein also served as a director of LW Capital Pool Inc. and Standard Innovation Corporation, a private company.