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Leadership team

Ratmir Timashev

Co-Founder of Object First
Ratmir Timashev is a globally recognized entrepreneur and technologist. 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 of education and technological innovation across the American Midwest. He and his family are strong supporters of STEM education and the arts.

Andrei Baronov

Co-Founder of Object First
Andrei Baronov has dedicated his career to building transformational software products. Prior to co-Founding Object First Andrei was Co-Founder and CTO of Veeam. Over the last decade, Andrei’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 before selling the company to Insight Partners in 2020. Andrei’s product and market vision helped Veeam to become the leader in the backup, recovery and data management market.

David Bennett

CEO of Object First
As Object First’s CEO, David Bennett is a tech veteran and a seasoned channel executive with more than 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.

Tony Liau

Vice President, Product Marketing
Tony Liau is a highly experienced marketing executive with a successful 20-year track record of building and developing high impact teams across a range of organizations, from stealth startups to Fortune 100 companies. Prior to joining Object First, he was the head of Product and Solutions Marketing for the $1 billion flagship data protection portfolio at Veritas Technologies. Tony holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing, as well as an MBA in Marketing and Management from the Lucas Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University. Originally from San Francisco, Tony now lives in the suburbs with his wife and children, enjoying the quieter atmosphere.

Anthony Cusimano

Director of Technical Marketing
Anthony Cusimano has worked in many roles in tech for over a decade. He started as a developer, shifted to sales, and masterfully moved into marketing. He is a passionate gamer who stays up to date on all things technology to ensure he can achieve as many frames per second as possible on his gaming PC. He enjoys speaking at events and has previously shared the stage with astronauts and MARVEL superheroes.
Anthony enjoys the nerdier things in life, watching classic movies, building Gundams, and flying questionably legal FPV drones in abandoned mall parking lots. When he isn't geeking out on the latest fad, he and his wife Sarah enjoy visiting lesser-known Florida destinations and spoiling their two dogs, Luna and Smudge.

Matt Price

Manager of Enablement
Matt Price is an IT professional with over 15 years in the technology space, 10 of which focusing specifically on BC/DR solutions. He spent the past ten years working at Veeam Software as an engineer and principal enablement technologist helping design modern solutions to data protection requirements. He also helped develop and deliver technical training at Veeam, such as the Veeam Certified Engineer & Veeam Certified Architect curriculums.

Ryan Post

Sr. Sales Engineer
Ryan Post is an IT professional with over 10 years as a sales engineer focusing on data management, primarily with data protection. Most of his career was spent as a systems engineer with Veeam Software helping commercial and SLED customers with understanding the Veeam product lines and design best practices to achieve their data protection needs. Not only customer focused, but he also interacts with channel partners for the solutions he supports as a sales engineer.

Media Contact

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