Alain is the Senior Vice President, Service Provider Engineering, leading our engineering teams to develop key products for the Parallels Server Provider business. Previously he served as Vice President of Product Development of Acronis since May 2007 and Senior Vice President R&D since July 2011. Prior to joining Acronis, Alain spent 12 years with Microsoft Corporation, where he started out working on the adoption of Microsoft technologies in the developer community in Europe and then led a group of Architects at the Microsoft European Headquarters. In 2000, Alain transferred to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond as a Director in the Visual Studio and .Net Framework group. Prior to leaving Microsoft, Alain was a Group Program Manager responsible for the Management technologies in Windows and specifically for Windows Server 2008. Alain grew up in Paris, France and holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master in Electrical Engineering, as well a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. After college he worked for various companies in France on the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques in the telecommunication areas and, later on, moved on the design of Unix-based mission critical distributed software systems.