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Former Mac OS X chief joins Parallels board

Former Apple exec Bertrand Serlet is not resting on his laurels since he left Cupertino last year – first building startup cloud system Upthere, and now joining Parallels' board of directors.

The Mac visualisation software maker snagged Serlet, once a senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, as its non-executive director, according to a Parallels press release.

"Bertrand is the rare combination of software visionary and master of execution," Parallels CEO Birger Steen said in a statement.

Prior to his 14 years at Apple leading development and creation of OS X, Serlet was at Steve Jobs's NeXT, which was acquired by the company in 1996, and spent four years as a researcher for Xerox PARC.

Through Parallels' work with the Mac platform, Serlet got to know the leadership team and discovered the company's deep involvement with the cloud, he said.

"I look forward to drawing on my career at Apple to help guide Parallels as it continues on its impressive growth trajectory," Serlet said.

Parallels, founded in 2000, works with a range of consumers, small and medium businesses, enterprises, and service providers, and its cloud software is used by more than 9,000 providers in more than 130 countries, according to the release.

Last month, it was reported that Serlet, along with at least two other former Apple workers, is building a Palo Alto, CA cloud company, though there are few details about the project. A trademark request filed by Upthere in September describes the company as a "cloud hosting provider" that offers "consulting services in the field of cloud computing."