Alan Laing Joins Acronis as Vice President EMEAWoburn, MassachusettsMay 24, 2012
Enterprise business executive brings over 20 years’ experience driving growth at enterprise organizations in Europe to Acronis
Woburn, MA, 23 May 2012 – Acronis, a leading provider of easy-to-use disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, has appointed Alan Laing as Vice President Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Laing brings over twenty years’ experience of building teams and driving growth within European business units of enterprise focused global organizations including Avaya and Oracle.
Mr. Laing will be responsible for developing the Company’s European sales and channel strategy, leading the EMEA management team and driving overall growth in the region. Based out of the Company’s UK office in London, Mr. Laing will be responsible for driving business across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia.
Mr. Laing joins Acronis from Avaya, a global leader in business collaboration systems, software and services, where he served as Area Vice President of Western Europe.
Prior to Avaya, Mr. Laing was Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Portal Software, a supplier of billing and customer management solutions for the telecommunications industry. Before Portal Software, Laing was CEO at Mediasurface plc. From 1994 to 2000 Laing assumed several senior management roles at Oracle, most recently as Vice President of Operations EMEA.
Laurent Dedenis, President and General Manager, Sales & Marketing at Acronis, said: “Acronis has great opportunities ahead. The current traction we have gained with our optimized next generation backup and recovery solutions in the virtualization market is just the beginning. Alan brings a depth of experience to the established team in EMEA that will take Acronis to the next phase of growth. As Acronis matures, Alan’s enterprise leadership experience will provide focus and emphasis to Acronis operations in EMEA.”
“Acronis is a company with a great opportunity matched only by its huge ambition for success. I’m looking forward to taking the EMEA business forward, to supporting more than 12,000 Acronis channel partners across the region, and meeting the needs of our customers across Europe and beyond with innovative market leading solutions,” said Mr. Laing.
Mr. Laing graduated from Edinburgh University, and before beginning his business leadership career in enterprise software, Mr. Laing practiced as a lawyer in Europe and Asia.
Acronis sets the standard for New Generation Data Protection through its backup, disaster recovery, and secure access solutions. Powered by the AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, complete and safe backups of all files, applications and OS across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud and mobile.
Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of over 5 million consumers and 300,000 businesses in over 130 countries. With its more than 50 patents, Acronis’ products have been named best product of the year by Network Computing, TechTarget and IT Professional and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning and replication.
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