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.
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.
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.S. in Computer Science from the University of Buenos Aires and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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.
John S. Howell, Jr.
Advisor and Co-Founder
John has a successful 30-year track record as a software entrepreneur. Most notably, he helped build Solomon Software, Inc. to be the largest privately-held ERP software company in the USA. In 2000, Solomon merged with Great Plains, Inc. and the combined entity was acquired by Microsoft. At Solomon, John was President and CEO of the International division for 10 years, and prior to that, he was Worldwide VP of Sales and Marketing for eight years. Prior to Solomon, he was co-founder and CEO of Computech Group, Inc. which was purchased by Solomon Software. In 2000, John became an investor and advisor to Sphere Communications, Inc. until it was acquired in 2007 by NEC Corporation. He received his B.S. in Marketing from the Pennsylvania State University in 1975.
Charlie Ryan is a general partner with Almaz Capital as well as chairman of UFG Asset Management and a senior advisor to Deutsche Bank AG.
His professional career combines top-level expertise and deep knowledge of both Russian and international markets, and began in 1989 with CS First Boston where he was a financial analyst. From 1991 to 1994, Charlie was an Associate and Principal Banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. In 1994, he co-founded United Financial Group (UFG), and as Chairman and CEO steered UFG to become one of Russia’s leading investment companies. In 1996 UFG also founded UFG Asset Management. In 2006 Deutsche Bank acquired 100% of UFG’s investment banking business, and Charlie Ryan was appointed Chief Country Officer and CEO of Deutsche Bank Group in Russia. UFG Asset Management remained independent.
In August 2008, Charlie stepped down as CCO and CEO of Deutsche Bank in Russia and became Chairman of UFG Asset Management. While he remains Senior Advisor to Deutsche Bank AG, his primarily executive role is running UFG Asset Management, which today is one of the leading alternative Russia-focused asset managers with over $1.8 billion of assets in hedge funds, private equity and real estate investments. UFG Asset Management is a strategic partner of Almaz Capital.
In 1998, Charles initiated the New Technology Group within UFG, which sponsored an early-stage technology investment company called Ru-net Holdings whose investments include Yandex, the #1 search engine in Russian language markets, and Ozon, the “Amazon.com of Russia”.
He graduated with honors in Government from Harvard University.
Mr. Zubarev is a founder and President of Parallels. Since Parallels’ 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 Parallels from its start to today with more than 900 employees. Mr. Zubarev was also a founder of Acronis and helped establish the storage management company’s sales and marketing organizations in the USA.