A few words about myself

Welcome to Gérard’s CC:World Blog

Not sure how you found your way here… did you get lost or where you looking for something specific that you never found? Anyway, welcome to my private weblog. My name is Gérard Métrailler. I moved to Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) in November 2006 to work for Corel Corporation as the Senior Director, Product Management, Graphics, responsible for CorelDRAW and Corel DESIGNER as well as a few other products. The global responsibility of my job description means I travel regularly, and the Product Management aspect means that I spend a lot of time talking to customers, partners and press, as well as almost all the Internal teams at Corel, while keeping an eye on the technology evolution and how it can benefit our customers. And as I am writing about my employer, please note that all the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent Corel’s positions, products, strategies or opinions.

Why yet another blog on the interweb? As the subtitle indicates, I will be sharing thoughts, opinions and comments about unrelated subjects based on my interests, readings and traveling. So it’s really mainly about nothing specific, but sometimes there might be something of interest for you. I am also going to use my private blog as a way to communicate with my friends and family world-wide.

I really enjoy my job in Product Management and speak English, French and German… my latest crazy idea: Learning Japanese… I am making (very) slow progress with that. Having grown-up in Switzerland, I’ve worked and traveled for many IT companies around the world, ranging from groupware and graphics software to web services (it wasn’t called Web 2.0 back then), peer-to-peer and mobile computing. In 2003, I moved to the UK to work for Corel and lived there for just under four years. Since then, I’ve moved to Canada. I am passionate about technology and customer-driven solutions, trying to combine my education in computer science and business, management and marketing with my Swiss nature… sometimes this can be quite scary :-)

That’s it for now… enjoy this blog and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments… you can send me an email under gerard[at]metrailler.net.