Chief Executive Officer
Christa Quarles serves as Corel's CEO and sits on the company's Board of Directors. Joining Corel in 2020, Christa is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience leading companies and spearheading financial and operational initiatives. As CEO of OpenTable, she led a period of transformational change, successfully navigating the company’s transition to cloud-based, small business solutions, and drove meaningful bottom- and top-line growth across its global operations. Christa also recently served as an Operating Partner at Advent International. Prior to joining OpenTable, she served as Chief Business Officer of Nextdoor, a marketplace connecting local communities to small businesses. Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Vice President, Interactive Games at The Walt Disney Company, where she led Disney Interactive to profitability. Christa also served as Chief Financial Officer of Playdom, which was later acquired by Disney. Prior to that, she held the role of Partner in Equity Research covering the internet sector at Thomas Weisel Partners LLC (now Stifel Financial).
Christa also currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Affirm and Kimberly-Clark. She received a BS in Economics and German from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief People Officer &
Chief People Officer & Chief Legal Officer
Rene Barreda is Corel’s Chief People Officer (CPO), responsible for delivering global HR strategies in support of the company’s purpose, values, and business initiatives. Passionate about creating great places to work, Rene most recently served as CPO at Marlin Equity Partners and has more than 25 years of HR experience at companies including Mobil, BMC Software, Dell, ResMed, and Forcepoint. His background in M&A, business transformation, change management, and building effective HR teams, programs and services, play a pivotal role in driving growth at Corel.
Taking great pride in establishing environments where people thrive around the globe, Rene has worked diligently across 50 countries throughout his career and has also lived in The Netherlands. Rene earned his BBA, along with additional graduate studies, at the University of Texas, and received his MS in Legal Studies from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Chief Operating Officer
Prasannaa Ganesan is Corel’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), leading the company's business operations, product development, and expense management. Prasannaa is responsible for a number of areas including information technology, research and development, customer and technical support, release management, and manufacturing. His teams deliver an efficient and scalable foundation that enables departments across the company to achieve Corel's strategic goals.
Prasannaa plays a key role in supporting the success of Corel’s M&A activities from due diligence through post-acquisition integration. Respected for his strong sense of fiscal responsibility, he is credited with dramatically increasing profitability across all of Corel’s business groups.
Prasannaa joined Corel as Director of Operations for WinZip in 2010 and most recently held the title of Corel Executive Vice President of Operations. Prior to Corel, Prasannaa served as the Program and Delivery Director at Versata and Trilogy. Prasannaa pursued his Masters of Science in Electrical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University following a Bachelor of Engineering from Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology, and Research Academy. With his unique background in engineering, operations, and technical delivery, Prasannaa is valued for the technical expertise and business acumen he brings to Corel’s business.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Brad Jewett is Corel's Chief Financial Officer, responsible for leading the company's finance and M&A activities. A recent addition to Corel's executive management team, Brad brings a wealth of experience in the fields of finance and risk management. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of OpenLink Financial where he successfully strengthened the capital structure of the company and enabled Openlink to transform from a regional to a global operating model.This strategy enabled OpenLink to expand and execute within existing and new addressable markets, including the introduction of a new cloud business.
Brad implemented and led the Enterprise Risk Management programs at both Microsoft and BMC Software, providing the Board of Directors of both companies insights and oversight to the most material risks facing their organizations. As a business unit CFO, Brad managed a $1B business and also helped transition BMC Software from a NASDAQ listed company to a private organization. Brad has an MBA in finance from Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management and a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Chief Revenue Officer
Chief Revenue Officer
Andrea Johnston is Corel’s Chief Revenue Officer leading the company’s global sales initiatives. Dedicated to exceptional customer experiences and giving people the tools they need to do better, Andrea and her teams deliver Corel’s extensive digital-direct platform, support licensing customer success, and serve a network of more than 30,000 channel partners worldwide. She's known for her passion for building world-class teams and technologies, and plays a pivotal role in helping to shape customer experience and the continued evolution of Corel’s cloud-based offerings.
Joining Corel in 2021, Andrea previously held the role of Chief Operating Officer at OpenTable where she was responsible for global B2B functions supporting 60,000 customers and helped drive the company’s transition to cloud-based solutions. Prior to OpenTable, Andrea was a VP of Business Development and eCommerce for Inertia Beverage Group (Wine Direct), and worked in both the technology and global health sectors.
Andrea holds an MBA from University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business, an MPH in International Health from Columbia University, and a BA from Vassar College.
Executive Vice President of
Executive Vice President of Global Products
Gérard Métrailler is Corel’s Executive Vice President of Global Products. With a strong focus on customer value, he is responsible for developing and maintaining worldwide product strategy, management, and marketing across all of Corel's software brands, including CorelDRAW, MindManager and WinZip. Under Gérard's leadership, his teams deliver award-winning products and grow revenue by offering customers choice with a range of flexible and attractive perpetual and SaaS subscription licensing options.
Before joining Corel in 2003, Gérard served in various product management roles at Meeting Maker and Micrografx. Gérard speaks fluent English, French and German and was educated in Management at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and in Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Gérard holds a Certificate of Business Excellence from the Haas Business School, Berkeley, California. In his free time, you can find him enjoying his private pilot license, flying out of Ottawa's local Rockcliffe airport.