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Board of Directors

OpenText’s Board of Directors is a team of professionals with years of market leadership, experience and knowledge.

P. Thomas (Tom) Jenkins

Chairman, OpenText Corporation

Tom Jenkins is Chairman of the Board of OpenText and has served as a member of its board since 1994. Mr. Jenkins also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of OpenText from 1994 to 2005 and as Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer from 2005 to 2013. Prior to that, he served in several managerial and technical capacities at various technology companies.

Mr. Jenkins has been active for more than 30 years in innovation and economic development in both the private and public sectors in Canada.  He is also a member of the Board of Thomson Reuters Inc. and of TransAlta Corporation.  He is an Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, a Director of the C.D. Howe Institute, appointed member of the National Research Council of Canada and director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

Prior to his work in the private sector, Mr. Jenkins served as a commissioned officer in the Canadian Forces Reserve and currently serves as Honorary Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada (RHFC), a reserve infantry regiment in  Waterloo Region.  Mr. Jenkins is a member of the board of the Canadian Forces Staff College Trust in Toronto.

Mr. Jenkins holds an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business at York University, an M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and a B.Eng. & Mgt. in engineering physics and commerce from McMaster University. Mr. Jenkins also received an honorary doctorate of laws (LLD) from the University of Waterloo and an honorary doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in military science from the Canadian Forces College (Royal Military College).

Mr. Jenkins was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) in 2011 for his contributions to education and innovation in Canada, the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) in 2013 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (QDJM). 

Mark J. Barrenechea

President and Chief Executive Officer, OpenText Corporation

Mark J. Barrenechea joined OpenText as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2012, and also serves as a member of the Board.

As CEO of Canada’s largest software company, Mr. Barrenechea oversees the strategic direction of the organization and upholds the company’s position at the forefront of the industry. Under his direction, the company has grown both organically and through strategic acquisitions, into a $1.6 billion technology company. His unwavering commitment to innovation, combined with a dedication to customers’ needs, led him to successfully realign the company’s products, transforming OpenText into an Enterprise Information Management leader.

A prominent thought leader, Mr. Barrenechea has capitalized on his extensive experience in information technology to formulate his 2020 Agenda vision that will help organizations prepare for the digital transformation that will be taking place by the year 2020. This concept forms the foundation for his upcoming book, 2020: Are you ready!

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 his time at SGI, he led the company’s strategy and execution. His role included transformative acquisition of assets as well as penetrating diverse new markets and geographic regions.

Prior to SGI, Mr. Barrenechea served as Executive Vice President and CTO for CA, Inc. (CA), (formerly Computer Associates International, Inc.) and, as a member of the executive management team. Mr. Barrenechea was also Senior Vice President of Applications Development at Oracle Corporation, responsible for managing a multi-thousand member global team. Additionally, Mr. Barrenechea was a member of the executive management team.

He has also served in a number of other positions including, Vice President of Development at Scopus, a software applications company, and Vice President of Development at Tesseract, where he was responsible for reshaping the company’s line of human capital management software.

In addition, Mr. Barrenechea has authored several books including eBusiness or out of Business, eGovernment or out of Government, Software Rules and EIM: The Next Generation of Enterprise Software.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Saint Michael’s College. Mr. Barrenechea currently serves as a member of the Board and Audit Committee of Dick’s Sporting Goods.

For more industry thoughts from Mr. Barrenechea, you can subscribe to his blog or follow him on Twitter.

Randy Fowlie

Mr. Fowlie has served as a director of OpenText since March 1998. Mr. Fowlie is currently the President and CEO of RDM Corporation, a leading provider of specialized hardware and software solutions in the electronics payment industry. RDM Corporation trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange. 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. Currently, Mr. Fowlie is also a director at RDM Corporation. Mr. Fowlie received a B.B.A. (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. In the last five years, Mr. Fowlie also served as a director of Dalsa Corporation and Semcan Inc.

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: Ixia, a provider of IP network testing solutions, Westmoreland Coal Company and Arrow Electronics, Inc, a distributor of components and computer systems. In the last five years, Ms. Hamilton also served as a director of Surgient, Inc., and Washington Group International.

Brian J. Jackman

Brian J. Jackman

Mr. Jackman has served as a director of OpenText since December 2002. Mr. Jackman is the President of the Jackman Group Inc., a private consulting firm he founded in 2005. From 1982 until his retirement in September 2001, Mr. Jackman held various positions with Tellabs Inc., a U.S. based manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, most recently as Executive Vice President of the company, and President, Global Systems and Technologies division, and as a member of the board of directors of the company. Prior to joining Tellabs Inc., Mr. Jackman worked for IBM Corporation from 1965 to 1982, in a variety of systems, sales and marketing positions. Mr. Jackman also serves as a director of PC-TEL, Incorporated. In the last five years, he was a director of Keithley Instruments, Incorporated until it was acquired in December 2010. Mr. Jackman received a B.A from Gannon University and an M.B.A from The Pennsylvania State University.

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. 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. In the past five years, Mr. Sadler also served as a director of Frontline Technologies Inc. (formerly Belzberg Technologies Inc.).

Michael Slaunwhite

Mr. Slaunwhite has served as a director of OpenText since March 1998. Mr. Slaunwhite is presently the Executive Chairman of Halogen Software Inc. Mr. Slaunwhite had served as CEO and Chairman of Halogen Software Inc., a provider of employee performance management software, from 2000 to August 2006, and as President and Chairman from 1995 to 2000. 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. Ms. Stevenson is a corporate director, serving on both public and “not for profit” boards. Since 2011, she has been a director of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and currently serves as a member of the CIBC Audit Committee. She has been a director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. since 2010, and a director of CAE Inc. since 1997 and currently serves as Chairman of the CAE Audit Committee. Ms. Stevenson also served as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc, until its sale to Astellas Pharma Inc. in 2010. Valeant, CIBC and CAE Inc. are publicly listed companies. Ms. Stevenson is past chair of the Board of Governors of The Bishop Strachan School and she continues to serve as a Governor. She is certified with the professional designation ICD.D, granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). She was formerly a senior finance executive of Nortel Networks Corporation from 1995 to 2007, serving as global treasurer from 2000 to 2007. From 1984 to 1995, 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.

Deborah Weinstein

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 semi conductors, and on a number of not-for-pofit 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.