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When You Think About Veeam, Think About Object First.

Object First believes in a world where data is well‑protected against malicious encryption. That's why we created Ootbi - the best storage for Veeam. We did it by engineering ransomware‑proof and immutable out‑of‑the‑box backup storage that is secure, simple, and powerful!

Veeam. Ready, Object, Immutability


Our mission is to be the best storage for Veeam by delivering ransomware‑proof solutions.


We envision a world where no one has to pay a ransom for their encrypted data.

Executive Board

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    Ratmir TimashevCo-Founder of Object First

    Ratmir Timashev is a US-based entrepreneur, technologist, and philanthropist. Ratmir co-founded and previously served as CEO of Veeam, the global leader in cloud data protection and management software, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Ratmir earned a Master’s degree in Chemical Physics from the Ohio State University in 1996, where he continues to champion education and technological innovation across the American Midwest through the Timashev Family Foundation.

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    Andrei BaronovCo-Founder of Object First

    Andrei Baronov has dedicated his career to building transformational software products. Before co-founding Object First, Andrei was Co-Founder and CTO of Veeam. Over the last decade, Andrei’s vision and drive have fueled Veeam to become one of the largest private software companies in the world, with sales to surpass $1 billion in 2019 and more than 3,600 employees worldwide before selling the company to Insight Partners in 2020. Andrei’s product and market vision helped Veeam become the backup, recovery, and data management leader.

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    David BennettCEO of Object First

    As Object First’s CEO, David Bennett is a tech veteran and a seasoned channel executive with over 30 years of IT channel leadership. Before joining Object First, he was CEO of Axcient and Chief Revenue Officer at Webroot. Bennett has also held international leadership roles within such companies as Lenovo, Sony, and Kingston. British-born, and now residing in Colorado with his wife and family.

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    Eric R SchottCPO of Object First

    Eric leads product engineering and support teams at Object First, focusing on delivering secure, simple, and powerful Veeam solutions. His extensive career includes roles at startups like EqualLogic and OneCloud, and major companies like Dell and HPE. With expertise in storage and data protection, Eric was recently Senior Director of Product Management at Veeam, overseeing new platform integrations. Based in New England, he collaborates with global teams to deliver top-notch products. In his free time, Eric enjoys traveling, snow skiing, and water sports.

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