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Red Hat executive Alex Pinchev to join Acronis as president and chief executive officer

Industry Veteran Brings Stronger Focus On Virtualisation and Cloud Opportunities To Leading Provider of Data Protection and Backup & Recovery Solutions

LONDON, UK, 29 November 2011Acronis, a leading provider of easy-to-use disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced the hiring of Mr. Alex Pinchev as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Pinchev will join Acronis on January 17, 2012 and replaces Jason Donahue who has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2008. Mr. Pinchev has served as a Member of the Acronis Board of Directors since November 2010, and will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as the Chief Executive Officer appointee.

Mr. Pinchev has over 30 years’ experience in building and growing highly successful companies.  He joins Acronis from Red Hat where he served as an Executive Vice President for the last nine years and was most recently the President of Global Sales, Services & Field Marketing. Mr. Pinchev’s business and technology leadership has been instrumental in Red Hat’s tremendous growth and expansion into emerging markets. His extensive experience in the storage management and virtualisation markets, combined with his experience driving highly effective global teams will maximise Acronis’ growth opportunities.

"Acronis has a winning combination of talented employees and market leading technology, with a broad channel ecosystem and a great global customer base,” commented Pinchev. “With a successful business in data protection and disaster recovery solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, Acronis now has the opportunity to further develop its routes-to-market and expand its technology presence. I am excited to join the talented team at Acronis and to meet the growing demands of our customers worldwide.”

Acronis is one of the fastest growing privately held software companies. Since first launching innovative disk imaging technology in 2003, Acronis now has over 175,000 business customers and over 3 million consumer customers worldwide, served by a network of more than 20,000 partners. With the launch earlier this year of Acronis Backup & Recovery® 11, which supports all major virtual hypervisors including VMware®, Microsoft®, Red Hat®, Citrix® and Parallels®, and Acronis® vmProtect™ 6 for VMware® vSphere™ servers, the company is now positioned to take advantage of the fast growing virtualisation market opportunity as more businesses adopt new IT strategies.

“We are proud to have an industry leader of Alex’s caliber join us at this time in the company’s development,” said Ilya Zubarev, Chairman of the Board at Acronis. “Since Alex joined our Board in 2010, we have benefited from his extensive experience, sharp business acumen and vision for the future development of the virtual and cloud markets. We believe that Alex’s strong leadership will accelerate Acronis’ journey to be a global leader in backup & recovery solutions not only for physical servers, but for virtual environments, and into the cloud.”

About Mr Pinchev

Prior to joining Acronis, Mr. Pinchev was the President of Global Sales, Services & Field Marketing of Red Hat Inc., a position he held since April 2008 and prior to that Mr. Pinchev served as an Executive Vice President of Global Sales and President of International at Red Hat Inc. for five years. 

Prior to Red Hat, he served as an Executive Vice President of MRO Software Inc. from June 2002 to December 2002. He was the founder of software company Maincontrol, Inc. and served as its Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer from July 1996 to June 2002. Mr. Pinchev founded two successful software companies in Europe and served as their President and Chief Executive Officer from 1987 to 1996. Mr Pinchev holds several Board positions. He has been a Director of Acronis Inc. since November 2010. He has been a Director of Qualys, Inc. and LogiXML since 2008. Mr. Pinchev holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and a Master degree in Computer Science.



About Acronis:

Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated, automated cyber protection that solves the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world. With flexible deployment models that fit the demands of service providers and IT professionals, Acronis provides superior cyber protection for data, applications, and systems with innovative next-generation antivirus, backup, disaster recovery, and endpoint protection management solutions. With award-winning AI-based antimalware and blockchain-based data authentication technologies, Acronis protects any environment - from cloud to hybrid to on-premises - at a low and predictable cost.

Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 1,500 employees in 33 locations in 18 countries. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million home users and 500,000 companies, including 100% of the Fortune 1000, and top-tier professional sports teams. Acronis products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 40 languages.



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