Parallels’ New President: Former Microsoft VP Birger Steen

Parallels, a provider of cloud services automation and virtualization software, recently announced the appointment of Birger Steen as President of the company.

Mr. Steen comes to Parallels from Microsoft, where he was the Vice President of Small and Medium Business and Distribution, and will join the company in September 2010.

Prior to his current role at Microsoft, Mr. Steen held several senior positions at the company since joining in 2002. He started his Microsoft career at as General Manager in Norway and then moved on to serve as General Manager and Vice President of Microsoft Russia.

During his tenure there, Microsoft’s revenues from Russia grew tenfold.

Before Microsoft Mr. Steen was CEO of Scandinavia Online AB which was listed on the Stockholm and Oslo Stock Exchanges in 2000 under his leadership.

In his new role he will report to Mr. Beloussov and will be responsible for sales, marketing, product management, and support, as well as assisting Mr. Beloussov in transforming the company for the next stage of growth.

Birger holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and Industrial Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim and earned his MBA from INSEAD in France.

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