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Parallels Appoints Former Microsoft Technical Fellow as New CTO

Desktop virtualisation and cloud computing firm Parallels has hired former Microsoft Technical fellow Michael Toutonghi as its new chief technology officer.

The company said that Toutonghi will be responsible for overseeing the development of the desktop virtualisation and cloud computing platforms at the company. He will also be responsible for promoting the use of Parallels Automation for hosted desktops and cloud platforms.

Toutonghi brings with him more than 20 years of experience gained working at Microsoft and is one of the 22 Microsoft Technical fellows in the world, which is a big deal.

According to The Register, he was responsible for aiding the creation of the Windows 95 kernel and is known for his contributions .NET platform.

"He will work closely with the CEO, senior vice president of engineering, board of directors and executives across the company to ensure technical strategy aligns with Parallels' broader vision and customer requirements," the company said in a statement.

Parallels also announced that David Arkley will be joining the company as its new chief financial officer while Jesper Frederiksen will become the new Vice President and General Manager of Europe and North Africa.

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