My name is Catherine Hughes and I head up Communications at Corel. I’ve been with the company a long time. And while there’s been a lot of change over the years, the one constant is the people. Corel’s employees and customers are some of the most interesting, engaging, creative and committed people I’ve ever met. With a product portfolio that spans graphics, digital painting, photo and video editing, word processing, compression and playback, and employees spread across the Americas, Europe and Asia, it can get pretty busy at times. But with that high level of activity comes an energy and vitality that is hard to beat.
With our new blog, our aim is to give you a look inside the company so you can get a true sense of what Corel is really like from every perspective. You’ll hear from our employees, customers and some of our executives as they share their perspectives, talk with you about the issues, and answer questions about some of the most interesting developments in the industry.
Our goal with this blog is to be as open as possible and to give you a better sense of what we’re doing and why. Having worked in Communications in both a public and private company, I’ve experienced firsthand the shift from tightly controlled corporate messages to a world where interaction, openness and accountability are the rule. What a relief that is! It’s true that with social media, there are even greater expectations to communicate quickly and directly and it’s not always easy to keep up. At the same time, this openness creates remarkable freedom for companies like Corel since, particularly as a private company, we can be much more open and direct in dealing with issues head on. Like any company working to maintain a competitive edge, there may be times when we can’t share all the information you might want, but we will always be upfront about what we can and can’t share.
Over the coming months, you’ll get to know the people and personalities inside Corel, as they share their thoughts on the latest issues and trends, technology, and life in general. You’ll also hear from our customers as they share what motivates and inspires them. Above all, we hope that this blog creates a place where interesting conversations take place. We may not always agree but we’ll always be respectful, listen carefully to what’s being said and be sure to keep a sense of humour. Along the way, we may make some mistakes and, when we do, we’ll be upfront and do our best to quickly correct any blunders.
Above all, we want to have a meaningful, respectful and direct dialogue with you. We want to hear your thoughts and opinions and our hope is that by creating a new forum to connect, we’ll all end up being more inspired.
This is a big step into brand new territory. We’re looking forward to the adventure and to you joining us along the way.
Vice President, Communications