Mr. Protassov currently manages and runs the research and development teams at Parallels. Previously, Mr. Protassov managed several engineering projects for Parallels involving leading software and operating platforms such as Cassandra, an option risk management software, Solomon IV, BeOS, and Pervasive. In 2000, he led the development of ASPLinux, a version of the Linux OS which is now shipped in three editions in ten countries. He brought to Parallels many years of relevant experience in software engineering in a wide range of development environments such as Windows, Novell Netware, and UNIX. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.