President and Chief Executive Officer
Varun joined Sierra Monitor Corporation in July 2014, from Echelon Corporation (ELON) where he was senior vice president and general manager of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) division. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of NetContinuum, a leading provider of Web Application Firewalls, acquired by Barracuda Networks (CUDA) in 2007. Varun served as vice president of product development and marketing for Extreme Networks (EXTR) during their transition from proprietary to merchant silicon; and as executive vice president of marketing and customer delivery for Ellacoya Networks. Varun worked for PRTM, a leading management consulting firm focused on product and operations strategy, from 1995 to 2001 in various positions including associate, manager, principal and partner. He started his career in 1988 at Hewlett Packard as an engineer. Varun received his Electrical Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; a Master of Science degree from North Carolina State University; and his Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Anders joined Sierra Monitor Corporation in January 2014 from Echelon Corporation where he served from 2003 as senior vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and business development for the company's control networking business, including its LonWorks portfolio. During his Echelon tenure Anders also served on LonMark International’s Board of Directors. Previously, he served as chief executive officer of PowerFile, Inc. and president and general manager of the Snap Division of Quantum Corporation. Anders worked for Honeywell/Measurex from 1992-1999 in various senior management positions including vice president, engineering, marketing and business development; and president and managing director for EMEA sales and services. He also served in various management positions with the global engineering firm ABB where he started his career in Sweden as a software engineer. Anders holds a BSEE from Jonkoping, Sweden and is a graduate of the Executive Program at the University of Michigan.
Chief Financial Officer
Tamara has served as the company’s CFO since April 2014, having been Controller since March 2005. Tamara joined Sierra Monitor Corporation in January 1996. She holds a BS in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin with an emphasis in Financial Management. Prior to joining Sierra Monitor, Ms. Allen held various finance and accounting positions at Philips Semiconductors. Tamara’s expertise in SEC reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley, and other regulatory requirements has served the company well through its growth as a public company. Tamara served on the Board of Directors for Horizon West Federal Credit Union from 1990-1993.
Michael C. Farr
Vice President of Operations
Michael has served as Vice President of Operations at Sierra Monitor Corporation since 1986, having joined the company in 1983 as Operations Manager. He holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining Sierra Monitor, Michael held management positions in Signetics Semiconductor Co. and Advanced Micro Devices. His strong production control and operations management background resulted in the company’s attainment of ISO-9001 registration for the company's quality system, and has supported the company’s growth through multiple transitions of the company’s supply chain process, partners, and systems.
Bennie de Wet
Director of Engineering
Bennie leads Sierra Monitor Corporation’s product development activities and has been instrumental in developing Sierra Monitor’s Sentry IT and FieldServer product lines over the last 10 years. Bennie has worked for almost 20 years across all areas of industrial control, encompassing all aspects of the stack from embedded development of protocol drivers to design of controller logic to web services and cloud connectivity. Bennie started his career at Kentron and De Beers. Bennie holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering with Honors from the University of Pretoria.