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Executive Biographies

Neil Gaydon
President and Chief Executive Officer

Neil Gaydon - President and Chief Executive Officer

Neil Gaydon was appointed President and CEO of SMART Technologies in October 2012 and became a director of the Company in February 2013. Prior to joining SMART, Mr. Gaydon was CEO of Pace plc, a technology developer for pay TV and broadband service providers. During his tenure as CEO at Pace, he led the company through a major turnaround resulting in a ten-fold increase in revenues to become the world leader. Prior to becoming the CEO of Pace, he served in numerous executive and senior positions there, including President Pace Americas, which he established and led for five years. Before joining Pace, Mr. Gaydon worked with a number of technology companies in various key roles. Throughout his career, his hallmark has been defining and executing strategy, creating effective structure and changing business culture on a global scale.

Mr. Gaydon is a graduate of Harvard Business School in the Advanced Management Program. His awards include 2009 Institute of Directors 'Director of the Year', 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner, 2008 TechMARK Personality of the Year as well as leading Pace to three consecutive Queen's Awards.

Warren Barkley
Chief Technology Officer

Warren Barkley - Chief Technology Officer

Warren Barkley joined SMART in November of 2012 as the Company’s Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Barkley has over 17 years of technology experience and most recently served as General Manager in the Unified Communications division at Microsoft. He has held several key positions in Microsoft over his tenure and was instrumental in the development of Microsoft Lync as the communication and collaboration software of choice for Fortune 500 companies. At Microsoft, he played a central role in establishing WiFi as a worldwide standard and building world class real time communications technologies used by hundreds of millions of users every day. He holds over 35 worldwide patents in networking, wireless and communications.  Prior to his career in the technology sector, Mr. Barkley was a school teacher. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia.

Greg Estell
President, Solutions

Greg Estell - President, Solutions

Greg Estell joined SMART in March 2013 as President, Education and was appointed President of the Solutions business unit in April 2015. Greg has nearly 30 years of global technology experience including executive positions at Hewlett-Packard and Motorola. Over the course of his career, Greg has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and throughout North America inspiring change and driving focused strategies and operational excellence leading to record growth and profitability in fiercely competitive technology businesses.  His cross-functional expertise spans sales, marketing, product development, operations, finance, distribution and strategy. Mr. Estell holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Jeff Lowe
Vice President, Marketing

Jeff Lowe - Vice President, Marketing

Mr. Lowe was named Vice President, Marketing of SMART Technologies in November 2014. His experience in marketing spans 25 years across global technology firms such as IBM and TELUS, along with agency-side experience where he consulted on marketing strategy and planning across many industries. Mr. Lowe joined SMART in 2012, and from July 2013 to November 2014 he was responsible for North American Sales and Marketing of the Enterprise Business Unit.

Mr. Lowe holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Debra Milimaka Miles
Vice-President, People Services

Debra Milimaka Miles - Vice-President, People Services

Debra Milimaka Miles joined SMART in May 2015 as Vice-President, People Services.

She has more than 25 years of corporate management and consulting experience in the financial, retail and IT sectors, leading high performance teams with national and international companies such as Scotiabank, BMO, and the Hudson’s Bay Company. Prior to joining SMART, Ms. Milimaka Miles was with Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer, where she lead the change team for one of the largest-ever SAP implementations globally.

Debra has led teams in large organizations as well as built specific divisional HR teams from the ground up while focusing her career in driving transformation in business cultures through leadership.

Nicholas Svensson
Vice President, Operations

Nicholas Svensson - Vice President, Operations

Mr. Svensson was named Vice President, Operations of SMART Technologies in November 2013. Since he joined SMART in 2009, he has been leading cross-functional teams consisting of engineers, technologists and scientists to develop and launch numerous SMART products. Prior to his current role, he held various positions at SMART including Vice President, Hardware and Vice President, Education Solutions. With a career spanning over 20 years, Mr. Svensson has garnered valuable experience during his tenure at various technology companies including leading telecom and space hardware providers.

Mr. Svensson holds an undergraduate degree in applied physics from the University of Waterloo and a master’s degree in System Design and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.