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William H. Largent

CEO and Chairman of the Board

An experienced executive with more than 30 years in operations and leadership roles with growth companies, William Largent was Veeam’s Executive Vice President (EVP), Operations and a board member prior to becoming CEO and Chairman of the Board.

William has been part of Veeam’s growth since its inception in 2006, and has more than 30 years of operations and leadership experience in growth companies. Prior to joining Veeam, he was CEO of Applied Innovation, Inc., a public company previously traded on the NASDAQ – National Market System. William also worked with other members of the Veeam executive team at Aelita Software where he was Chief Operating and Financial Officer. Prior to Aelita, William was CFO of Plug Power where he managed the company’s initial public offering with Goldman, Sachs & Co. as lead underwriter, raising more than $150 million in equity. His earlier career includes executive positions with Liebert Corporation, Metatec Corporation, and others. He began his career with Touche Ross & Co., now Deloitte. 


Michael Triplett

Board member

Michael Triplett is a managing director and joined Insight in 1998. Mike focuses on investments in Infrastructure and Application Software companies and has been instrumental in investments in more than twenty companies, many of which have achieved fast growth and realized significant value for shareholders and employees.

Notable among these are the IPOs of Click Commerce, Solarwinds Inc. (NYSE: SWI), and Quest Software, and the acquisitions of Aelita Software (acquired by Quest Software), (acquired by Go2Net), Astaro (acquired by Sophos), BeyondTrust (acquired by Veritas Capital), Imceda Software (acquired by Quest Software), eEye Digital Security (acquired by BeyondTrust), Folhamatic (acquired by Sage plc), GFI's TeamViewer (acquired by Permira), Kabum! (purchased by founders), Metalogix (acquired by Permira), and ScriptLogic (acquired by Quest Software). Recently Mike has invested in several companies in Europe and the United States.

Prior to joining Insight, Mike was an investment professional at Summit Partners, where he focused on investments in infrastructure and enterprise application software companies. Previously in his career, Mike worked as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co. and at Midland Data Systems.


Nick Ayers

Board member

Nick Ayers is one of America’s most in-demand entrepreneurs and political strategists. At 36 years old, he has forged a successful career in business and served at the highest levels of the United States government.

Most recently, Nick served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President. A trusted confidante of both Donald Trump and Mike Pence, he helped shape important and high-profile initiatives, from space to tax policy to foreign policy, including the U.S. posture toward China and the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Prior to the White House, Nick served as the senior advisor to Mike Pence during his governorship and chairmanship of the Trump/Pence presidential transition team. From 2006 to 2011, he was the youngest-ever executive director of the Republican Governors Association, where he oversaw the historic GOP gains in the 2010 election. Before joining the RGA, he spent four years as the senior advisor to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and managed his re-election campaign in 2006. 

In the private sector, Nick helped build one of the nation’s most successful mediabuying firms, overseeing more than a half-billion dollars in advertising. He manages an investment company, Ayers Neugebauer & Company, which has successful ventures in health care and technology. He also created Holmsted LLC, which invests in agriculture and promotes land conservation.

This year the World Economic Forum inducted Nick into their Young Global Leaders program. Time Magazine named Nick one of the “40 most influential people in politics under the age of 40.” The Wall Street Journal called him a “political prodigy” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution described him as a political “wunderkind.” He received a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Kennesaw State. Nick is the proud husband to Jamie and exhausted father of six-year-old triplets, Charles, Mary Floyd, and Talton. 


Andrei Baronov

EVP, Product Management and R&D

Andrei Baronov has over two decades of delivering the industry’s most innovative and visionary product portfolios and is one of the world’s leading systems management experts. As Co-Founder and EVP, Product Management and R&D, he oversees all aspects of the company’s products, technology and customer support organizations.

In 1997, in partnership with Ratmir Timashev, he co-founded Aelita Software. Andrei’s expertise and insight made it possible to create a family of innovative, award-winning products built on architecture and core technologies, which were a generation ahead of competitors.In 2004, after Aelita was acquired by Quest Software, Andrei took the position of R&D Director of Quest’s Microsoft Business Unit, leading its Russian product development teams. While working with Ratmir Timashev on the ABRT Venture Fund, Andrei continued to build his knowledge and explore new areas, including virtualization. Veeam’s first virtual server management product, FastSCP, has been widely embraced by the industry and today Andrei’s vision for Availability for the Always-On Enterprise is deployed in more than 200,000 companies across the globe.

Andrei earned his master’s degree from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1990, and a PhD in Physics and Technology from the same college in 1995.


Ratmir Timashev

EVP, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Ratmir Timashev possesses a rare combination of proven business savvy, forward-looking technical knowledge and market vision. Ratmir brings more than 25 years of entrepreneurial experience building, advising and investing in successful technology companies. As Co-Founder and Executive Vice President (EVP), WW Sales and Marketing at Veeam Software, Ratmir is responsible for global Go-To-Market functions including sales, alliances and marketing.

In 1997, he founded Aelita Software, provider of award-winning Windows Server systems management software. In 2004, Aelita was acquired by Quest Software, and after ensuring the successful continuation of Aelita’s products and strategy at Quest, Ratmir co-founded Veeam Software with his partner Andrei Baronov to provide backup, recovery, data protection, and data management solutions for modern virtualized data center infrastructures. Initially focused on server virtualization for VMware environments, Veeam now delivers virtual, physical, and cloud data management, for any application, and any data, across any cloud. Over the last decade, Ratmir’s vision and drive has fueled Veeam to become one of the largest private software companies in the world with sales to surpass $1 billion in 2019, and with more than 3,600 employees worldwide. Under Ratmir’s leadership and direction, Veeam has become the leader in Backup solutions that enable Intelligent Data Management.

Ratmir earned a master’s degree in Chemical Physics from the Ohio State University in 1995. He continues to share his knowledge and ideas to fuel innovative IT solutions around the world.