Acronis, the pioneer in cyber protection, appoints cloud software and hosting industry veteran Patrick Pulvermueller as Chief Executive Officer, effective as of 1st July 2021. Pulvermueller succeeds Serguei Beloussov, who founded the company in 2003 and has served as CEO since 2013. Pulvermueller joins Acronis from GoDaddy, where he most recently served as President of the Partner Business. In that role, he led the company’s strategic expansion of its hosting, productivity, and security services through resellers and agency partners. Leveraging remote monitoring Combining that experience with his product development expertise, Pulvermueller is an expert in developing successful, cloud-based go-to-market strategies, particularly through service providers, resale channels, and strategic alliances. He previously held Executive Leadership roles as CEO of Host Europe GmbH and Group CEO of Host Europe Group (HEG), where he previously served as Group COO. Pulvermueller is an expert in developing successful, cloud-based go-to-market strategies “I am excited to join the Acronis team, engage with our tremendous partner network, and continue Serguei’s vision of providing industry-changing cyber protection services,” said Pulvermueller. “Acronis is poised to disrupt the data protection and cybersecurity markets while redefining how service providers leverage remote monitoring and management (RMM) and professional services automation (PSA) services. I look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience in the service provider business to ensure we take full advantage of that opportunity.” Managed service providers Pulvermueller takes over at a pivotal time. Acronis just received over $250 million in an investment round including CVC Capital Partners VII and others, which values the company at more than $2.5 billion. In addition to accelerating its technology and product development, the company plans to leverage that investment to further enhance its go-to-market initiatives – an area in which Pulvermueller has deep expertise – by expanding its broad partner network, which includes managed service providers (MSPs), managed security service providers (MSSPs), hosting partners, cloud distributors, cloud aggregators, network service providers, and others. Channel-Centric environment Acronis is on a tremendous growth trajectory thanks to the cyber protection strategy put in motion by Serguei" Acronis Chairman of the Board of Directors, René Bonvanie, noted “Having added more than $1.5 billion in valuation during the past 18 months, Acronis is on a tremendous growth trajectory thanks to the cyber protection strategy put in motion by Serguei. Given Patrick’s demonstrated expertise in helping rapid growth companies scale and proven success in a channel-centric environment, we are confident he will accelerate Acronis’ success and prepare the company for the next stage.” As Acronis’ Founder and largest shareholder, Serguei Beloussov will continue to be involved in the company as a Member of the Board of Directors and Acronis Chief Research Officer, directing the technology and research strategy. He will focus on the company’s advanced technologies, including autonomous research, data management, cyber network, cyber platform, and enterprise products. University relations program He will also focus on developing Acronis’ university relations program, including with the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) in Switzerland, which he co-founded in 2019. In making the announcement, he said, “I’m proud of Acronis’ success to date and believe now is the perfect time to pass the baton to Patrick.” “We did an extensive search for an outstanding leader and Patrick’s track record of success, partner-led approach, and operational expertise were obvious strengths. He has the experience to continue pushing Acronis’ mission, improve our operations, and build a multi-billion dollar revenue stream – taking the organization, the product portfolio, and our partnerships to the next level.”
Acronis, a global provider of cyber protection, announced it was partnering with the World Economic Forum Centre for Cybersecurity to join the efforts of this private-public network to respond to the world’s growing cybersecurity threats. As the digital economy becomes an ever-increasing driver around the globe, cybersecurity becomes a primary concern. Engaging leaders from business, government, civil society, academia, and a multitude of sectors, the World Economic Forum Centre for Cybersecurity champions cybersecurity as a competitive advantage that creates value and opportunities for public and private organizations. Security and cyber resiliency Through this partnership, Acronis will contribute its unique approach to cyber protection, which provides a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, to develop innovations that will solve the security and protection challenges of the future. Specifically, Acronis will engage in the Cyber Risk and Corporate Governance project to help establish a baseline understanding of key cyber security issues, while providing guidance on strategies for security and cyber resiliency. “The Forum’s most recent global risk report noted that the top five global threats were cybersecurity related, with cyber attacks and data theft among the most immediate dangers,” according to Acronis Founder and CEO Serguei “SB” Beloussov. Cybersecurity obligations Acronis brings a unique perspective to the protection challenges facing today’s institutions" “Having been at the forefront of the new IT discipline of cyber protection, Acronis brings a unique, comprehensive perspective to the protection challenges facing today’s institutions. By collaborating with our peers, we can ensure business and government leaders have the tools and frameworks needed to meet their cybersecurity obligations of the modern world.” As part of the company’s new involvement in the platform, Acronis Founder and CEO Serguei “SB” Beloussov brought his expertise to the Centre for Cybersecurity’s annual meeting, which occurred 16-17 November 2020. Cyber protection platform “Cybersecurity is critically important in the digital world, yet every day we witness successful breaches. Acronis uniquely offers a cyber protection platform that natively integrates the five layers of protection into a single offering: prevention, detection, response, recovery, and forensics,” said René Bonvanie, Chairman of the Board of Acronis."In doing so, Acronis is offering a highly effective and efficient approach to modern cybersecurity challenges.” The partnership also means institutional leaders from both the private and public sectors will benefit from strategy and governance standards that have been developed, in part, using the holistic approach of cyber protection.
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