Gerard Charpentier has a BSEE from the Aerospace Engineering school of Toulouse France. He has held various positions in product management at Thales TWT in France and Germany for satcom ground segment and for space-borne TWTs. He worked in a Silicon Valley startup during the early days of the WiFi/WiMAX terrestrial networks development. He has been in charge of global business development for CPI Satcom HPAs (VED and Solid State) since 2005. He is based in San Jose California.