Gérard Métrailler

Executive Vice President, Global Products at Corel Corporation
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As a truly "full-stack" leader fluent in the languages of technology, marketing, go-to-market, products, and business, Gérard is adept at not only piloting companies across uncharted waters into highly profitable operations but also putting his guidance skills to test as a licensed private airplane pilot. He definitely knows a thing or two about making critical, sound decisions with imperfect information and little time to reflect. Born in Switzerland and fluent in English, French, and German, Gérard’s fruitful career has taken him to numerous locations across the globe – from startups to privately-owned and publicly-traded companies. A self-described intellectual explorer, Gérard thrives in learning and experimenting with things to satisfy his always-curious and systems-thinking oriented mind, continually expanding his holistic understanding.

By championing an artisan, quality-driven mentality and challenging his teams and the company to strive for mastery, the resulting end products have delighted users. This leads to the very thing that motivates Gérard every day: Knowing that the company and products he leads make a difference in users' lives and enable them to go on and achieve amazing things. Gérard's experience has shown that the keys to creating these stand-out products mean that leaders have to help companies achieve product clarity around the vision, then prioritize for simplicity and velocity. This is one of the reasons why Gérard became a private pilot, using many of these leadership skills: it requires a person to think ahead, plan, anticipate, monitor, and correct to make the best-informed choices possible on which direction they want to go and ultimately reach that final destination successfully.

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