Board & Advisors

Serguei Beloussov Executive Chairman and Co-Founder

Serguei is a successful self-made 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. Since 2003, he has been the Chairman and CEO of Parallels, a global leader in virtualization and automation software for consumers, businesses and service providers. He is also a Founder and major investor in Acronis, a global leader in storage management and disaster recovery software for consumers, SMBs and large enterprises. Previously, Serguei co-founded and helped grow a PC manufacturing business to $150 million in revenue in less than three years and the S&W electronics company to over $500 million in only eight years. He has an extensive knowledge of accounting and ERP software from his experience founding and managing the Solomon Software affiliate in Southeast Asia. Serguei 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.

Andrew Birch General Manager of Industry Solutions at MYOB

A key member of the Executive team for more than six years, he is responsible for three functional areas of the business, the Accountants and Enterprise industry segments as well as the Group Marketing function. In addition Andrew holds a number of board seats for MYOB investment companies. Andrew’s extensive career encompasses senior management positions within the technology, telecommunications and software sectors, particularly in the leadership and growth of significant technology companies. He has been heavily involved in the expansion of businesses through strong organic growth initiatives as well as strategic acquisitions. Over 25+ years, Andrew has held executive and non-executive roles in organisations including Honeywell Pacific, Vodafone Australia, Telecommunication Industry Ombudsman, NetReturn and youth mentoring charity Raise Foundation Australia, where he remains a non-executive director. Andrew believes commercial success is achieved through high performing teams that can anticipate, innovate and respond to existing and potential clients. At MYOB Andrew plays a significant role in ensuring the company responds to the needs of clients via its ongoing product and service development. Online (cloud) based solutions are now the core focus for MYOB for that reason.

Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Galitsky Director

Dr. Galitsky is a Managing Partner at Almaz Capital Partners, a Cisco-backed venture capital firm specializing in US-Russian investments. He is an internationally renowned technology entrepreneur and inventor who has worked in the defense industry, where he was responsible for low orbit data communication systems. He went on to found four successful technology companies. He pioneered ELVIS+ in WiFi technology and commercial implementation of FW/VPN products for the global market with Sun Microsystems. With TrustWorks, he became a “Technology Pioneer” at the Davos World Economic Forum 2000. Dr. Galitsky has authored more than 100 international publications and more than 30 inventions and patents. He has been a featured speaker at numerous international conferences and has been interviewed and profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Financial Times. Dr. Galitsky received his Ph.D in Computer Science from joint authority of the Defense Research Institute/MIPT in Moscow.

Edward Nicholson

Ed has a successful 25-year track record as a financier and investor in entrepreneurial businesses. Most notably, he helped build Brunswick UBS Investment Bank to be one of the leading finance businesses in Russia and the CIS. At Brunswick UBS, Ed was Chairman and CEO before leaving in 2008. Since 2003 Ed has been an active investor in Software businesses including Parallels, Acumatica and Acronis as well as being a founding investor in Runa Capital Fund I and II. As part of his role with Runa, Ed chairs the Governance Committee. He has a degree in Russian Studies from UCL.

Ezequiel Steiner Director

Ezequiel has more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech industry including servers and infrastructure software. Prior to joining Acumatica as CEO in 2009, Ezequiel led the corporate and business development team at Parallels where he helped the company grow from a start-up to a leader in the virtualization and automation software market. Prior to Parallels, he spent several years in sales and marketing management positions at IBM where he was awarded the IBM Role Model Award and was instrumental in the successful displacement of IBM competitors from major accounts. Previously, he was a consultant for General Electric, and worked for Xerox and Direct S.A. Ezequiel holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Buenos Aires and an MBA from Harvard Business School.