Gerald Charles, Jr. is an innovative technology strategist, recognized thought leader, and C-Suite advisor with over 25 years of experience in creating and building strategies and business models that create markets, generate revenue streams, improve customer experiences, and corporate campuses of the future.
Mr. Charles is an industry leader and author of multiple industry-changing POV platforms on topics including the 21st Century work force/work space, Collaboration, Cybersecurity, and innovation in the Public Sector. He is a published, McGraw-Hill author, noted speaker, and has run annual workshops at the Nobel Public Services Summit in conjunction with the Nobel Peace Conference.
As Under Armour’s Vice President of Global IT Strategy and Operations, he leads their Global IT Infrastructure, Cyber Security, Retail IT Operations, and Teammate Experience, enabling their brand and Connected Fitness™ platform (which powers the world's largest digital health and fitness community). This follows a decade of leadership in Cisco Systems elite strategy teams, formed to offer executives with deep business technology experience as advisers to C-suite executives of their top global customers to dramatically move their businesses.
Previously, Mr. Charles served as Vice President and Chief Technologist for OAO Technology Solutions and Vice President, Systems Integration Engineering at BDM/TRW, where he was one of the chief architects of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR System.
Mr. Charles served as Chairman of the Board for Digital Magnet, Inc. and is currently on the Board of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, MD. He was a member of the advisory boards of the Federal Computer Week /e-Gov Institute for their Annual Security and Enterprise Architecture Conferences and of Troop 96 of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), and an alumni of National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM), the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
He won the Congressional Medal for Outstanding Service and Achievement in college, holds a M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and Illinois Institute of Technology, respectively, and is CISSP (ISC2) certified.