March 10, 2020
Press release

Cyber Protection Leader Acronis Appoints Security Industry Veteran René Bonvanie as Chairman of the Board

Technology leader from global security company Palo Alto Networks to help drive Acronis Cyber Protection strategy across the enterprise market

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, 10 March 2020 - Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, has appointed René Bonvanie as Chairman of the Board. A member of the Acronis Board of Directors since 2014, Mr. Bonvanie is the Executive Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Palo Alto Networks. As Chairman of the Board at Acronis, he will work with the Acronis CEO and management team on the company's enterprise strategy and execution.

René Bonvanie has more than 35 years of executive management and marketing experience in enterprise technology and had previously led marketing at Palo Alto Networks since 2009. He also serves on the boards of Collibra, Guardsquare, and Nexthink, and prior to Palo Alto Networks, held executive marketing roles at Business Objects, VERITAS, and Oracle.

Acronis leads the world in cyber protection, solving safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges with innovative backup, security, disaster recovery, and enterprise file sync and share solutions that run in hybrid cloud environments: on-premises, in the cloud, or at the edge. Enhanced by AI technologies and blockchain-based data authentication, Acronis protects all data, applications, and systems in all environments, giving users full control over their workloads.

In 2019 Acronis received a $147 million investment round led by Goldman Sachs. This valued the company at well over one billion dollars and enables Acronis to expand its engineering team in Singapore, Bulgaria, and Arizona, build additional data centers, and continue its growth, including through acquisitions.

René Bonvanie's expertise will help Acronis continue building its cyber protection strategy across the enterprise sector and ensure the Swiss-Singaporean company meets ambitious strategic goals that will help all customers get #CyberFit.

"The concept of Cyber Protection developed by Acronis and validated by technology analysts is a key architectural element to ensure organizations are fully protected in the modern digital world. Businesses, service providers, and governments around the world are struggling to secure their massive volumes of data and feeling the strain on their systems and employees," said René Bonvanie. "Acronis offers industry-leading products that provide fully scalable, easy, efficient, and secure cyber protection to meet these needs."

"The appointment of René represents another step forward for Acronis in our cyber protection strategy. In his role as Chairman of the Board, René will work closely with the executive team to drive the development of innovative cyber protection solutions for the enterprise sector," said Serg Bell, Acronis Founder and CEO. "René's experience with innovations at scale will help us to continue delivering easy, efficient, and secure cyber protection to customers of any size."

About Acronis:

Acronis is a global cyber protection company that provides natively integrated cybersecurity, data protection, and endpoint management for managed service providers (MSPs), small and medium businesses (SMBs), and enterprise IT departments. Acronis solutions are highly efficient and designed to identify, prevent, detect, respond, remediate, and recover from modern cyberthreats with minimal downtime, ensuring data integrity and business continuity. Acronis offers the most comprehensive security solution on the market for MSPs with its unique ability to meet the needs of diverse and distributed IT environments.

A Swiss company founded in Singapore in 2003, Acronis has 45 locations across the globe. Acronis Cyber Protect is available in 26 languages in 150 countries and is used by over 20,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses. Learn more at
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