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Patrick Pulvermueller takes the reins as Acronis CEO as company value hits $2.5b
Thu, 8th Jul 2021
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Acronis leader Serguei Belloussov is stepping down from his position as CEO and extending a warm welcome to newly-appointed CEO Patrick Pulvermueller.

Pulvermueller, who most recently worked as GoDaddy partner business president, has extensive experience leading go-to-market strategies and working closely with resellers and agency partners.

Pulvermueller says he is excited to join the team and the tremendous partner network. He says he will continue Belloussov's vision of providing cyber protection services that change the industry.

“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.

Acronis, which is currently valued by some investment firms at more than US$2.5 billion, recently raised more than US$250 million in a funding round.

The company aims to accelerate its technology and product development and leverage that investment to further enhance its go-to-market initiatives. The company will als support its partner network comprising managed security service providers (MSSPs), hosting partners, cloud distributors, cloud aggregators, network service providers, and others.

Acronis chairman of the board of directors, René Bonvanie, says the company has added more than US$1.5 billion in valuation in the last 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.

Serguei Belloussov will remain on the Acronis board of directors and he will also be the company's chief research officer. He will focus on the company's advanced technologies, including autonomous research, data management, cyber network, cyber platform, and enterprise products. he will also focus on developing Acronis' university relations program, including with the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) in Switzerland.

Says Belloussov, “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 organisation, the product portfolio, and our partnerships to the next level.