Christopher C. Gatch is responsible for Cbeyond's Engineering department as well as on-going network technology research and development. He has worked at Cbeyond since its inception in 1999. He began as vice president of business development, later becoming vice president of product development, vice president of engineering, and now chief technology officer. Prior to his arrival at Cbeyond, Gatch worked at Intermedia Communications, where his last role was senior director of strategic marketing. In this capacity, he focused on research and development of Voice Over IP alternatives for the company. Gatch has a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Clemson University and a master's degree in the management of technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also serves on the board of the SIP Forum, an organization dedicated to advancing the adoption of products and services based on the Session Initiation Protocol.