Micosoft Veteran Named President of Parallels
Parallels has announced the appointment of Birger Steen as president of the company. Mr. Steen is Parallels for Microsoft, where he was Vice President of Small and Medium Enterprises and distribution and will join the company in September 2010.
“Birger Steen is a great addition to the Parallels team and we are very pleased that you have joined the organization in this capacity,” said Serguei Beloussov, President and CEO of Parallels. “The experience of Birger is a great match for the empowerment of our services in the cloud and desktop software companies, especially given its current focus on small business customers and the community of Microsoft partners. In addition, the step by senior positions in several leading companies in Russia, Norway and the U.S. gives a breadth of knowledge and experience to help us as we grow. ”
Prior to his current position at Microsoft, Mr. Steen served in various senior positions in the company since joining in 2002. He began his career at Microsoft as general manager in Norway and then went on to serve as Vice President and General Manager of Microsoft Russia. During his tenure there, Microsoft’s revenues grew tenfold Russia. Before Microsoft Mr. Steen was CEO of Scandinavia Online AB to be included in the Stockholm and Oslo in 2000 under his leadership.
In his new position he will report to Mr. Beloussov and be responsible for sales, marketing, product management, and support and the assistance of Mr. Beloussov in transforming the company to the next stage of growth. ”
“I am delighted to be joining Parallels,” said Birger Steen. “The company is at the forefront of the industry. Parallels allows service providers to offer cost-effective launch and Cloud services for the small business segment. Small companies worldwide are rapidly moving their IT to the cloud , and Parallels has a tremendous opportunity to help both existing service providers, new entrants in the field of IT services and 150 million small businesses that collectively serve to take advantage of the cloud model. ”
Birger holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and Industrial Engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim and earned his MBA from INSEAD in France