Acronis appoints Patrick Pulvermueller as CEO – Back End News
Cyberprotection firm Acronis has appointed cloud software and hosting industry veteran Patrick Pulvermueller as CEO, effective July 1, 2021. Pulvermueller succeeds Serguei Beloussov, who founded the company in 2003 and is currently serving as CEO. CEO since 2013.
Pulvermueller joins Acronis from GoDaddy, where he most recently served as President of Partner Business. In this role, he led the company’s strategic expansion of its hosting, productivity and security services through reseller and agency partners. Combining this experience with his expertise in product development, Pulvermueller is an expert in developing successful cloud-based marketing strategies, particularly through service providers, resale channels and strategic alliances. Previously he held management positions as CEO of Host Europe GmbH and CEO of Host Europe Group (HEG), where he previously held the position of Group COO.
“I am delighted to join the Acronis team, to collaborate with our tremendous network of partners and to pursue Sergei’s vision of providing industry-changing cyber protection services,” said Pulvermueller. “Acronis is poised to disrupt the data protection and cybersecurity markets while redefining the way service providers leverage remote monitoring and management (RMM) and professional service automation services (PSA). I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience in the service provider industry to ensure we take full advantage of this opportunity. “
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Pulvermueller takes over at a pivotal moment. Acronis just received more than $ 250 million in an investment round including CVC Capital Partners VII and others, which valued the company at more than $ 2.5 billion. In addition to accelerating the development of its technology and products, the company plans to leverage this investment to further enhance its go-to-market initiatives by expanding its extensive partner network, which includes managed service providers ( MSP), Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP), Hosting Partners, Cloud Distributors, Cloud Aggregators, Network Service Providers, and others.
“After adding more than $ 1.5 billion in valuation over the past 18 months, Acronis is on a tremendous growth trajectory thanks to the cyber protection strategy put in place by Serguei,” said René Bonvanie, Chairman of the Board Acronis administration. “Given Patrick’s demonstrated expertise in helping fast-growing businesses grow and his proven success in a channel-centric environment, we are confident that he will accelerate Acronis’ success and prepare the business. for the next step. “
As founder and principal shareholder of Acronis, Serguei Beloussov will continue to be involved with the company as a member of the board of directors and director of research of Acronis, leading the technology and research strategy. It will focus on the company’s cutting-edge technologies, including autonomous research, data management, cyber-network, cyber-platform and enterprise products. He will also focus on developing Acronis’ academic relations program, notably with the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) in Switzerland, which he co-founded in 2019.
“I’m proud of Acronis’ success to date and think this is the perfect time to hand over the baton to Patrick. We did a thorough search for an exceptional leader and Patrick’s track record of success, his partner-led approach and his operational expertise were obvious assets, ”said Beloussov. “He has the experience to continue to advance Acronis’ mission, improve our operations and create a multi-billion dollar revenue stream, taking the organization, product portfolio and our partnerships to the next level. .
Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis today has more than 1,600 employees at 34 sites in 19 countries. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million home users and 500,000 businesses, including 100% of the Fortune 1000, and leading professional sports teams. Acronis products are available from 50,000 partners and service providers in more than 150 countries and in more than 40 languages.