Gerard joined Rackspace in January 2018 to lead the teams that operate our OpenStack public cloud and Rackspace Application Services, which includes application management offerings we acquired through our purchase of TriCore Solutions in 2017. Gerard is a veteran enterprise technology executive with broad experience in everything from strategy and operations to M&A, IT, sales and HR. Prior to his current role, he served as the EVP and managing director for EarthLink's enterprise and mid-market business unit, where he oversaw product, services, go-to-market strategy, delivery and operations.
He was instrumental in EarthLink’s successful shift into software-defined wide area networks and other modern networking services, which led to the company’s $1.1 billion merger with Windstream, a U.S. telecommunications provider, in 2017. Prior to his work at EarthLink, Gerard held senior executive positions at Visa and at Hewlett Packard, where he worked for more than two decades in various roles including CEO of the company’s Rich Media product line and COO of its Software Business Unit. Gerard serves on the Business Advisory Council for Illuminate Ventures and is an investor and advisory board member for multiple enterprise SaaS startups.
He is a native of Lyon, France, and studied at Universite Claude Bernard, where he graduated with a degree in computer science and business management.