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Acronis appoints security veteran as chairman of the board

Global cyber protection provider Acronis has announced the appointment of Ren Bonvanie as chairman of the board. 

Bonvanie is the executive vice president of strategic accounts at Palo Alto Networks and has been a member of the Acronis Board of Directors since 2014.

As chairman, he will work with the Acronis chief executive officer and management team on the company's enterprise strategy and execution.

Bonvanie has more than 35 years of executive management and marketing experience in enterprise technology and had previously led marketing at Palo Alto Networks since 2009. He also serves on the boards of Collibra, Guardsquare, and Nexthink, and prior to Palo Alto Networks, held executive marketing roles at Business Objects, VERITAS, and Oracle.

Acronis specialises in cyber protection, solving safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges with innovative backup, security, disaster recovery, and enterprise file sync and share solutions that run in hybrid cloud environments: on-premises, in the cloud, or at the edge. Enhanced by AI technologies and blockchain-based data authentication, Acronis protects all data, applications, and systems in all environments, giving users full control over their workloads.

In 2019 Acronis received a $147 million investment round led by Goldman Sachs. This valued the company at well over one billion dollars and enables Acronis to expand its engineering team in Singapore, Bulgaria, and Arizona, build additional data centres, and continue its growth, including through acquisitions.

Acronis says Bonvanie's expertise will help Acronis continue building its cyber protection strategy across the enterprise sector and ensure the Swiss-Singaporean company meets ambitious strategic goals that will help all customers get #CyberFit.

"The concept of Cyber Protection developed by Acronis and validated by technology analysts is a key architectural element to ensure organisations are fully protected in the modern digital world," says Bonvanie.

"Businesses, service providers, and governments around the world are struggling to secure their massive volumes of data and feeling the strain on their systems and employees," he says. 

"Acronis offers industry-leading products that provide fully scalable, easy, efficient, and secure cyber protection to meet these needs."

 Acronis Founder and CEO Serguei SB Beloussov says the appointment of Bonvanie represents another step forward for Acronis in its cyber protection strategy. 

"In his role as chairman of the board, Ren will work closely with the executive team to drive the development of innovative cyber protection solutions for the enterprise sector," Beloussov says. 

"Rens experience with innovations at scale will help us to continue delivering easy, efficient, and secure cyber protection to customers of any size," he says.