Global leader in cybersecurity and data protection Acronis appointed Paul Maritz as the Chairman of the Board of Directors starting September 21, 2021.
Paul Maritz will be responsible for the governance and leadership of Acronis as it strengthens its position in the service provider market preparing for significant growth in the future.
This year, Acronis raised $250M at a $2.5B valuation and announced former GoDaddy’s partners’ business president, Patrick Pulvermüller, as the new chief executive officer. The current strengthened management team will use the momentum to provide the Acronis’ partners with the tools that they need to deal with a rapidly changing digital world.
“Paul brings a wealth of experience developing products to meet market demands and take companies to the next level. His becoming Chairman represents another step forward for Acronis in solidifying its position as a global leader in cyber protection. Paul’s experience with innovations at scale will help us to continue delivering easy, efficient, and secure cyber protection to service providers and their customers of any size,” said Patrick Pulvermüller, Acronis CEO.
Maritz first joined the Acronis Board of Directors in May 2021, bringing 40 years of experience in computer science and software to the cyber protection company.
In his previous executive roles, Paul served on the Executive Staff of Microsoft, was the CEO of VMware, and was CEO and Founder of Pivotal Software. He is currently an active investor and serves on the Boards of several start-up technology companies.
Paul graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Universities of Natal and Cape Town. He is active in the non-profit world, served for 10 years on the Board of the Grameen Foundation, which supports financial inclusion and technology in the developing world, and supports conservation efforts in Africa.