London, UK, 23 January 2013 – Acronis® today announced the appointment of IT industry veteran Rick Powles as Managing Director, UK & Ireland§. Powles brings more than two decades of experience delivering sales growth within software companies across Europe, Middle East and Africa, including CommVault® and Veritas/Symantec®. He will develop new channels and strategies to help Acronis address new opportunities presented by the widespread adoption of virtual environments, cloud storage and the consumerisation of IT.
Based in the Acronis® office in London, Powles will be responsible for creating and maintaining strong relationships within its growing customer base, and with channel partners focused on small business and enterprise needs across the UK & Ireland.
“IT organisations are under tremendous pressure to deliver every time, everywhere access to data, on any device by an increasingly empowered end user. When combined with the explosive growth in data, a “virtual first” movement and pressures to optimise cloud adoption, they have to re-think data protection approaches and stay relevant,” commented Powles. “I am excited to join Acronis® at this transformational time in their business, and at that of our customers.”
“We are delighted to welcome somebody of Rick’s calibre and experience to our team,” said Alan Laing, vice president EMEA, Acronis®. “Rick has successfully built and led sales teams in both SMB and enterprise organisations, and has demonstrated his ability to achieve significant sales growth. The combination of sector, segment and channel knowledge will help to strengthen and grow our business in the UK & Ireland.”
Powles joins Acronis® from Informatica® (Nasdaq:INFA) where he served as vice president of Northern Europe. Previously he helped transform CommVault’s® business in Southern Europe, growing revenues over four consecutive years from $8.5M TO $25M. Powles also played a central role in building Oracle’s® CRM business, catapulting it to Europe’s second-highest earning company in the market. Powles has held a number of senior leadership positions at organisations such as Veritas/Symantec® and Aurum/BaaN®.
Acronis® is leading the next wave of data availability, accessibility and protection solutions to simplify today’s complex IT environments. Acronis® technology enables organisations of all sizes to manage the always-on anywhere data access demands of users, reducing risk against the loss of valuable corporate data, and controlling management and storage costs. With proven technology for data migration and disaster recovery for physical, virtual and cloud environments, and secure enterprise file-sharing and synchronisation regardless of type or platform, Acronis® is enabling organisations to embrace new IT strategies and options such as BYOD and Mac in the enterprise. For additional information, please visit www.acronis.com. Follow Acronis on Twitter: http://twitter.com/acronis.
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