Management Team

  • Varun Nagaraj, President and CEO of Sierra Monitor

    Varun Nagaraj

    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.

  • Anders Axelsson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Sierra Monitor

    Anders Axelsson

    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.

  • Tamara Allen, Chief Financial Officer of Sierra Monitor

    Tamara Allen

    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 of Sierra Monitor

    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 of Sierra Monitor

    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.

Board of Directors

  • Gordon R. Arnold - Director and Executive Chairman

    Gordon R. Arnold was a member of the founding team of Sierra Monitor Corporation in 1979. He became President in 1984 and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive Officer, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Arnold has been a director since 1984 and was named Executive Chairman on July 7, 2014. He holds a BS in Business Administration from San Jose State College. Mr. Arnold has extensive sales management experience including structuring of domestic channels and international sales in Latin America and Asia. Prior to joining Sierra Monitor, Mr. Arnold held various management positions in semiconductor and electronics firms with responsibilities related to quality control, production management and manufacturing logistics. He has participated in the management of numerous electronic product design teams including the development of mil-spec level instruments and microprocessor based gas detection systems. Mr. Arnold is a past Chairman of the Measurement Control and Automation Association (MCAA).

  • C. Richard Kramlich - Director

    C. Richard Kramlich has been a Director of the Company since 1980. Mr. Kramlich, who has more than thirty five years of venture capital experience co-founded New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm. Mr. Kramlich's board memberships have included Fabric7 Systems Inc., Financial Engines Inc., Force10 Networks, Foveon Inc., Informative Inc., IP Unity, KDR Electronics, Nexthop Technologies Inc., Tabula Inc., Visual Edge Technology Inc., Xoom Corporation and Zhone Technologies Inc. and a number of other privately owned companies. Mr. Kramlich received a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in History from Northwestern University.

  • Jay T. Last - Director

    Jay T. Last has been a Director of the Company since 1977. Mr. Last, worked at the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory division of Beckman Instruments before he left the company along with the rest of what Shockley termed the "traitorous eight" to form Fairchild Semiconductor, a seminal Silicon Valley company. Mr. Last then co-founded Amelco Corporation which was acquired by Teledyne Technologies, where Mr. Last was Vice President of Research and Development. Mr. Last received a Ph.D. in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Robert C. Marshall - Director

    Robert C. Marshall has been a Director of the Company since 1998. Since 1997, Mr. Marshall has been the Managing General Partner of Selby Venture Partners, a venture capital firm. Mr. Marshall has served on the boards of Bay Microsystems Inc., OnSite Systems Inc., Triformix Inc. and Visage Mobile, Inc. Mr. Marshall received a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Heald Engineering and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

  • Varun Nagaraj - Director

    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.

Join Us

There is a buzz in the air about the Internet of Things (IoT). While much of the initial excitement has centered on consumer devices that connect to the Internet, such as home thermostats or personal fitness monitors, it is becoming clear that the implications for businesses will be far more profound. Professor Michael Porter from the Harvard Business School believes that the rise of “smart connected devices” will unleash a productivity revolution in industry - perhaps even greater in impact than the adoption of PCs or the Internet by businesses.

At Sierra Monitor, while we like consumer toys as much as the next person, we prefer to focus our creative energies on the business-oriented Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The IIoT is the evolution of industrial automation- the addition of next generation connectivity, IP, the cloud, big data, and analytics to reliable and time-tested industrial instruments and networks. With our unique mix of competencies in sensor technology, controllers, protocol gateways, and Internet connectivity, SMC is uniquely poised to be a leader in this space.

Whether you are coming from the IT systems/software world or from the traditional industrial world, if you see yourself as being a player in this emerging IIoT space, drop us a line. We are looking for talented and ambitious people, whether new college graduates or mid-career professionals, to join our team. Write to us and let us know how you can make a difference to SMC and how SMC can make a difference to you, and we promise to get back to you.

SMC is small enough so your contribution will shine through, but established enough to offer a comprehensive vacation, medical, dental, life insurance, 401KL, and flex spending plan.

Write to us at careers@sierramonitor.com with your ideas on why we would be great together.