J. Ian Giffen, FCPA, FCA, CF
Chairman of the Board, Audit Committee Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee
Mr. Giffen joined Kinaxis as a Director in December 2010. Mr. Giffen serves as a Corporate Director to public and private technology companies and investment funds.
Mr. Giffen is currently director of Absolute Software Inc. (TSX) and director of a number of other private companies. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Giffen was Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Alias Research Inc. (until it was sold to Silicon Graphics Inc. for approximately $500 million). Since 1996, Mr. Giffen has advised several private venture investment funds, and has served on the boards of a number of public and private companies including Macromedia Inc., (from 1997 to 2005 until it was sold to Adobe Systems Inc. for $4 billion), Descartes Systems Group Inc. (Chairman from 2004 to 2011), Ruggedcom Inc., MKS Inc., DPS Inc., Corel Corporation Inc., Certicom Corporation Inc., Financial Models Inc., 724 Solutions Inc. (Chairman), Sierra Systems Group Inc., and Open Text Corporation Inc. Mr. Giffen is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario).and has a Designation in Corporate Finance. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and worked with KPMG in Glasgow from 1978 to 1982.
Director, Nominating and Governance Committee Chair, Compensation Committee
Angel is the Chief Operating Officer at HERE, the Open Location Platform company that enables people, enterprises and cities to harness the power of location. By making sense of the world through the lens of location, HERE empowers its customers to achieve better outcomes – from helping a city manage its infrastructure or an enterprise optimize its assets to delivering drivers to their destination safely. As COO, Angel is responsible for the strategic and operational execution of the company's core business, with a particular emphasis on operational excellence, business process innovation and systems automation.
A recognized transformation leader, Angel brings over 30 years of management expertise with some of the world’s leading companies. Prior to HERE, he served as SVP-Cisco Transformation, leading the Accelerated Cisco Transformation Program, a multi-year effort that helped redirect Cisco's business model and enabled significant increases in growth and shareholder value. Prior to this role, Mendez lead Cisco's Customer Value Chain Management organization, responsible for corporate quality, new product introduction, strategic sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, and customer service. Prior to Cisco, he served as SVP of Global Operations for Palm, where he lead the company’s operational turnaround. Mendez began his career at GE, graduating from the Manufacturing Management Program and serving 11 years in increasingly responsible assignments. Following GE he served in senior executive roles at AlliedSignal, Citigroup, and Gateway, Inc.
Mendez is also an Officer of the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges ("AGB"), as well as the Lafayette College Board of Trustees where he chairs the Committee on Trustees and Governance. A native of Cuba, Mendez holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and an MBA from the Crummer School at Rollins College.
Director, Compensation Committee Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee, Audit Committee
With over 20 years’ experience in financial services, Jill Denham brings a diverse skillset to the Kinaxis Board of Directors. Among her past roles, Ms. Denham was Vice Chair at CIBC Retail Markets, and a Director of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board. Prior to being Vice Chair at CIBC Retail Markets, she had responsibility for the European business of CIBC and before that she was President, Merchant Banking. She was also a member of the Task Force on the Future of Securities Regulation in Canada. Ms. Denham is currently a director of several companies, including National Bank of Canada and Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, as well as the Chair of the Board of Morneau Shepell Inc. She holds an HBA from the University of Western Ontario School of Business Administration and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Director, Audit Committee, Compensation Committee
Mr. Courteau is an accomplished senior executive with extensive experience in leading new business initiatives and achieving growth objectives with some of the world’s foremost companies. Mr. Courteau is the Chief Executive Officer of Altus Group Limited, a leading provider of independent advisory services, software and data solutions to the global commercial real estate industry. Most recently, he was President of SAP North America, a global market leader in enterprise application software, with other previous roles including COO of its Global Customer Operations. Mr. Courteau has been an active board member of numerous North American not-for-profit organizations and has served on the boards of several publicly traded organizations. Mr. Courteau graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Concordia University.
Pamela Passman brings Kinaxis both top-level industry and global risk management experience. Ms. Passman culminated a 15-year career at Microsoft as Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs. She advised the Board and led the company’s regulatory compliance in over 100 countries, addressing a range of privacy, security and other issues related to cloud computing, and its corporate philanthropic and citizenship work. Ms. Passman is the Vice-Chair of the Ethisphere Institute and President of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade, organizations that work with global companies to advance risk management internally and with their supply chains. She currently serves as a Trustee of Lafayette College and serves on the Board and as Treasurer of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Passman is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Lafayette College.
Kelly Thomas has more than 30 years of experience in leading teams in design, development, sales, and delivery of supply chain management and manufacturing execution solutions. He is currently CEO of Worldlocity, a research and advisory firm, specializing in supply chain management software. Previously, he was Chief Product Officer of JDA Software, a leading supply chain management software company. Prior to that, he was with i2 Technologies, where he held a number of executive positions, including SVP of product strategy and SVP and GM of the manufacturing sector. Mr. Thomas helped grow i2 from a startup company to a global leader in supply chain management software. Prior to that, Mr. Thomas was with EDS, where he held a number of technology leadership positions and led the implementation of large systems integration and software development programs. He is a former board member of the Supply Chain Council. Mr. Thomas holds a degree in chemical engineering from Rutgers University, where he was a Slade Scholar.
Director and President and Chief Executive Officer
John assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Kinaxis in January 2016. With over 23 years’ tenure at Kinaxis, John first started at the company as a key contributor to the architecture and development of Kinaxis’ supply chain management solutions in early 1994, and has since held a number of senior management roles in development, professional services, business consulting, sales, marketing and customer support. Prior to his current appointment, John was Chief Products Officer, overseeing all aspects of the product life cycle, including product vision and strategy, design and development, product management and quality assurance.
Before joining Kinaxis, John held senior software architect and management positions in research and development at FastMAN Software Systems, Inc (also known as Promira before being purchased by Manugistics), and Monenco Agra.John earned a Bachelor of Computer Science, from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, with a strong focus on software architecture and UI Design. John is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.