Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
John has served as Absolute’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1995, growing the company from its infancy to a global organization. Absolute invented the computer theft recovery, tracking and loss control product category with the introduction of "Computrace" in 1994. Absolute now has head offices in Vancouver, Canada and Austin, Texas and employs over 350 people. Absolute has evolved to offer a full range of business solutions encompassing physical, data and network security as well as IT asset management.
Prior to taking the helm of Absolute, John was a faculty member of the School of Business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He also founded and managed a computerized reservation service and a record production company. John holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary.
Chief Technology Officer
Phil Gardner has served as Absolute’s Chief Technology Officer since 1997. He is responsible for creating and establishing the software service delivery method of Absolute's unique client/server architecture.
Before joining Absolute, Phil was a senior software architect at Quarterdeck Corporation where he was responsible for developing its flagship product QEMM, a software application to manage computer memory. He also assisted in the coordination of Quarterdeck’s in-house technical and field support, quality assurance and software development. Phil is a veteran of the United States Navy with a diverse range of PC, satellite communications and radar experience.
Chief Operating Officer
Rob is responsible for the overall alignment, operational efficiency and business effectiveness of Absolute Software. To this role, Rob brings more than 20 years of finance and operational expertise—including 10 years in executive leadership at Absolute. Before becoming Chief Operating Officer in July 2010, Rob served as Absolute's Chief Financial Officer where he oversaw Absolute’s finance functions and investor market-facing activities. Rob joined Absolute as Director of Finance in 2000.
Prior to joining Absolute, Rob obtained his Chartered Accountant designation while working with Deloitte & Touche, and also worked as an executive compensation consultant with Towers Perrin. Rob holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Errol is responsible for managing Absolute’s finance functions – including the Company’s investor relations effort. To this role, he brings more than 18 years of corporate accounting and finance experience, including over 12 years in the technology industry. Errol has supervised the finances, finance operations and process improvements of rapidly- growing companies, has participated in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and has managed public company reporting. Errol was most recently Chief Financial Officer at Inetco Systems and previously held the same role at Explorer Software. Errol’s extensive technology industry experience also includes senior finance roles at Pivotal Corporation and Infowave Software. Prior to leaving public practice, Errol was a manager in the audit and advisory services group at KPMG LLP, where he worked with a portfolio of private and public companies.
Errol holds a Chartered Accountant designation and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Worldwide Sales and Marketing
Thomas has global responsibility for Sales and Marketing for Absolute Software’s portfolio of products and services.
He joins Absolute Software from a 16-year career at HP where he most recently was the Vice President of the US Public Sector business for the Printing and Personal System (PPS) Division. In this capacity, Thomas had responsibility for driving sales to the federal government, education, state and local government customers. With over 20 years of experience Thomas has held management and account management roles at Compaq Computer Corp, Digital Equipment Corp, US Robotics and Zenith Data Systems.
A dynamic speaker with a flair for engaging the audience, Thomas is an inspirational hands-on leader.