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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!


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 Timashev

Co-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 Baronov

Co-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 Bennett

CEO 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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Harry Kurland

Head of Sales

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Kelly Wells

Vice President
of Global Operations

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Andrew Wittman

Chief Marketing

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Mark Haddleton

Head of Sales

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