Leadership Team

Parallels is led by a proven team of seasoned executives, successful entrepreneurs and world-class software engineers who have proven track records in growing and managing global software companies.

Leadership Team

 

  • Michael ErismanChief Human Resources Officer
  • Ken McGrawSenior Vice President (SVP) and General Counsel
  • Kellie GreenVice President (VP), WorldWide Support
  • John ZanniChief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Vice President (VP) of Strategic Alliances, Service Providers
 

Birger Steen

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mr. Steen joined Parallels in 2010. As CEO, he is responsible for all day-to-day execution, including engineering, sales, partner relationships, support, marketing, and deployment services. Prior to joining Parallels, Mr. Steen was VP of Small and Medium Business and Distribution at Microsoft. He started his Microsoft career in 2002 as General Manager of Norway and then moved on to serve as General Manager and VP of Microsoft Russia. During his tenure there, Microsoft’s revenues from Russia grew tenfold. Before Microsoft, Mr. Steen was CEO of Scandinavia Online AB, which was listed on the Stockholm and Oslo Stock Exchanges in 2000 under his leadership. He has also held positions at Norwegian Oil Trading, McKinsey & Company, Schibsted ASA and Eniro AB. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and Industrial Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim and earned his M.B.A. from INSEAD in France.

Serguei Beloussov

Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Architect

Mr. Beloussov is a founder of Parallels and was formerly its CEO. He is a successful self-made serial entrepreneur and business executive with an outstanding 15+ year track record in building, growing, and leading high-performing, multi-national, high-tech companies in North America, Europe, and Asia. Under Mr. Beloussov’s leadership, Parallels quickly grew to profitability and top market positions in its desktop virtualization, OS containers, and control panel offerings. Mr. Beloussov holds a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. in Physics and Electrical Engineering with High Honors, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Karin Sandsjo

Chief Finance Officer

Karin was CEO and CFO for NetOnNet the leading home-electronic ecommerce company in Sweden. Prior to that she spent close to 15 years at Microsoft in mix of roles including CFO Microsoft Russia, CFO Microsoft Norway and Business Controller Microsoft Nordic. Karin started her professional career as an auditor at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Sweden. She holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Karlstad.

Jack Zubarev

President and GM Cross Platform Business

Mr. Zubarev is a founder and President of Parallels. Since the company’s founding, he has held multiple leadership roles within the company, including running the Marketing and Alliances teams, COO, Division President, sales engineering, product marketing, and business development. Mr. Zubarev has been instrumental in building the company from its start to today with more than 800 employees. Mr. Zubarev was also a founder of Acronis and helped establish the storage management company’s sales and marketing organizations in the USA. Previously, he handled product marketing for Pervasive Software and brought its first Linux product to market. Mr. Zubarev holds a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco.

Mauro Meanti

SVP and GM Service Provider Business

Mauro leads the sales, marketing, and alliances organizations for the Service Provider business. Previously, he was Vice President for Business Strategy at Microsoft International, capping a 23-year career at the software giant, where he held a mix of roles including General Manager (GM) of the Italian subsidiary; GM of the Server & Tools Business Group for Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa; GM for Business and Marketing for Central and Eastern Europe; and Chief Operating Officer for the Russian subsidiary. Mauro started his career as a software programmer at Olivetti. He holds a degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Milan.

Alain Gentilhomme

Senior Vice President, Service Provider Engineering

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.

Mark Hindsbo

Senior Vice President (SVP), Customer and Partner Success

Mark Hindsbo is Senior Vice President of Customer and Partner Success at Parallels and is responsible for ensuring service provider and application partners are successful, running their cloud businesses on Parallels products. His role spans Business Consulting, Professional Services, custom software development, and support for service providers, as well as responsibility for the ISV and delivery partner ecosystem.

Prior to Parallels, Mark held several leadership positions at Microsoft, both in corporate business groups as well as in the field. Most recently he served as Vice President of US Developer & Platform Evangelism, where he was responsible for the ISV ecosystem – including building a business that engaged more than 2 million developers across consumer and enterprise apps and driving $650M in software sales. Mark also previously worked as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, founded an interactive agency, and worked with nuclear physics at CERN.

He was graduated from the Technical University of Denmark with a Master of Science in applied physics and mathematics.

Michael Erisman

Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Erisman joined Parallels in October of 2010 and leads the global Human Resources organization in developing and implementing strategy and processes that enable Parallels’ to attract, retain and engage our talent, and drive people centered business decision making. He leads compensation, benefits, staffing, immigration and other HR functions, to ensure Parallels has the right culture, talent and leadership systems in place to allow for sustained business growth. Mr. Erisman was previously the Senior Director of Human Resources, Global Marketing at Microsoft Corporation, based in Redmond, WA., and led a team of generalists and specialists that drove the HR agenda across the worldwide marketing function. Michael also previously held senior HR roles for General Electric, PepsiCo, KRONE, Qwest and H&R Block. Michael graduated with BA in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and an MA in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Radford University.

Ken McGraw

Senior Vice President (SVP) and General Counsel

Mr. McGraw leads Parallels’ corporate legal organization. Ken’s experience includes roles at several multinational high-technology companies, whose businesses focused on enterprise software (GC at Visio, acquired by Microsoft), e commerce, wireless telecommunications (GC at WatchMark, acquired by IBM), digital media, and software-as-a-service, and practicing law at Perkins Coie, a top tier international law firm based in Seattle. Ken’s background includes significant corporate transactions (including initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions), corporate governance (and advising boards of directors), intellectual property licensing and protection strategies, compliance and data security, government and industry affairs, human resources matters, and complex commercial agreements. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional. Ken received his BA (Political Science) and his BS (Engineering), magna cum laude, from Brown University, his J.D. (law) from the Cornell Law School and his M.B.A. (finance) from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

Kellie Green

Vice President (VP), WorldWide Support

Responsible for leading the worldwide technical support and customer education organization at Parallels, Kellie's nearly 20 years of experience in customer support roles includes 9 years at Microsoft. Her experience also includes working overseas in India and in the Philippines for long-term expat assignments managing outsourced support organizations. Before Parallels, she spent 3 years at Monster.com helping to lead the transition of outsourced support into a new Monster-operated contact center in the US and centralizing support for Europe into the Czech Republic. Ms. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

John Zanni

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Vice President (VP) of Strategic Alliances, Service Providers

John oversees the company's global service provider marketing function, spanning the full service provider channel. He leads integrated marketing communications through product marketing, partner marketing, advertising, public and analysts relations, digital marketing, events, and relationship marketing. This includes developing partnerships with Parallels' most strategic technology companies to enable hosting service providers using Parallels solutions to quickly create profitable cloud services that meet the diverse needs of their end customers.

Prior to joining Parallels, John was general manager of the Worldwide Software plus Services Industry team for the Communications Sector at Microsoft. In this role, he was responsible for driving the strategy for Microsoft’s hoster Cloud business. He worked closely with all types of service providers including Web Hosters, SAAS ISVs and Telcos to ensure that they were provided with the tools and resources necessary to grow their business.

Zanni was also responsible for helping drive Microsoft’s partner hosted initiative to provide the software plus services based next-generation platform, business applications and a compelling digital lifestyle experience for end-users through its extensive partner ecosystem.

Earlier in his career, Zanni created and managed the Office web site (http://office.microsoft.com/), which has become one of the top web sites worldwide.

Prior to Microsoft, he spent 12 years running a small business. Zanni holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Physics from California State University Northridge.

Nikolay (Nick) Dobrovolskiy

Vice President (VP), Desktop Virtualization

Nick Dobrovolskiy is responsible for research and development accomplishments, networking and social activities focused on improving legislative initiatives supporting software development in Russia. With 10+ years of experience in virtualization product development, he led the development of Parallels Desktop for Mac – the award-winning software that established Parallels as the industry leader in desktop virtualization software.

Born in 1975 in Moscow, Nick took up computers and programming at an early age, winning the Russian National Programming Contest at 14. In 1997 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation, where he specialized in automation systems for data processing and management.

Nick started his career in 1995, soon making his way from a software developer and start-up founder to vice president of a multinational company.

Oleg Melnikov

Senior Vice President (SVP), Automation

Mr. Melnikov currently manages the team of developers working on Parallels’ System Automation and Business Automation solutions. Previously, he architected and managed the HSPcomplete solution for nearly 3 years. Melnikov has in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in Internet technologies, Internet applications design and development, e-business and hosting automation solutions. He has managed several engineering projects for Parallels, including the release of version 2.8 of the Solomon IV software, the e-commerce application for Pervasive South East Asia. Under his management, Parallels’ Web portals ASPstreet.com and HSPstreet.com performed well within the target markets, giving rise to a powerful search engine. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a MS in Computer Science from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Desktop Virtualization
- Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
- Parallels Transporter
- Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition
- Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition
- Parallels Management-Mac for Microsoft SCCM
Server Virtualization
- Parallels Cloud Server
- Parallels Containers for Windows 6.0 Beta
- Parallels Virtuozzo Containers
Automation
- Parallels Automation
- Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure
- Parallels Business Automation Standard
- Parallels Virtual Automation
- Parallels Plesk Panel Suite
- Web Presence Builder
- Parallels Plesk Automation
- Parallels Small Business Panel
- Value-added Services for Hosters
- Parallels Partner Storefront
Services & Resources
- Cloud Acceleration Services
- Professional Services
- Support Services
- Training & Certification