Welcome to the Gérard on Graphics blog

My name is Gérard Métrailler. I moved to Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) in November 2006 to work for Corel Corporation and am currently the Vice President of Product Management, CorelDRAW, responsible for CorelDRAW, Corel DESIGNER, CorelCAD and the CorelDRAW Graphics Engine SDK 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 I'll make 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? I want to use this blog as a way to share ideas, thoughts and things that are happening in the world of the CorelDRAW based products and the wonderful world of Graphics in general. The content of this blog will shape-up depending on what is happening in the community. For non-CorelDRAW / non-Graphics related topics, you can also check out my other blog under http://blog.metrailler.net.

I really enjoy my job in product management and speak English, French and German. Having grown-up in Switzerland, I’ve worked and traveled for many IT companies around the world, ranging from groupware and graphics software (I worked for Micrografx for 4 years) 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 by sending me a private message.

All my best!