Our Leadership Team harkens back to some of the greatest engineers and scientists. From its origin in European roots to its current status as a US-based company, Miratech has always been dedicated to employing some of greatest technological minds in the industry.
Executive Management
Valeriy Kutsyy
Chief Executive Officer

Valeriy Kutsyy holds a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and an Executive MBA and joined Miratech in 1998 as a software engineer. He advanced through a range of positions with increasing responsibilities and began serving as CEO in January 1, 2008. Valeriy also is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). In 2017, he completed Harvard Business School Executive Education program for Leading Global Businesses.

Olga Skydan
Executive Vice-President, Corporate services

Olga Skydan holds a Master’s of Science in automatics and computer control systems, an Executive MBA, and a Ph.D. in mathematic modeling. She launched her career in IT at a product development company in 1998 and became the organization’s CEO in 2006. She joined Miratech in 2014 as Vice-President of Business Development in Telecommunications and became responsible for the engineering and recruiting organizations within Miratech at the beginning of 2015.

Alexander Oleshko
Executive Vice-President, Global Delivery

Alexander has over a decade of successful experience at C-level. He is skilled at running high-achieving teams and implementing effective global business strategies in IT services, banking, and retail. Alexander joined Miratech in 2018 and was responsible for overseeing the delivery of multiple programs and projects for a number of Miratech’s Fortune 500 clients. In June 2021, he was appointed SVP of Global Delivery, driving ongoing operational delivery excellence, ensuring continuous process improvements, and optimizing Miratech’s customer experience solutions to help its clients differentiate in a highly competitive and disruptive environment.

Matthew Ainsworth
Chief Revenue Officer

Matthew Ainsworth served as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Empirix Inc., a privately held company, specializing in the end-to-end test automation, service performance monitoring, assurance and analytics. He was also responsible for the enterprise strategy and go to market of Empirix Testing as a Service (ETaaS) cloud offering, global alliances building OEM/Joint offerings with the leaders in communications.

Peter Nelson
Chief Financial Officer

Pete is responsible for the Finance, Accounting, and Legal functions at Miratech.  Prior to Miratech, Pete held finance leadership roles working with R&D, product management, and sales at OneSpan, a NASDAQ listed trusted identity solutions company.

Prior to OneSpan, Pete helped Groupon set up its international accounting organization in Switzerland as it prepared for its IPO.  Pete started his career as an auditor with Deloitte in Chicago and Zürich.

Pete is licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).  He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Iowa and an MBA from TRIUM, a joint program by the London School of Economics (LSE), New York University and HEC Paris.

Raj Atwal
Executive Vice President of Corporate Development

Raj worked with start-ups and global enterprise technology service providers in leadership roles including President, Senior Vice President, and General Manager. He led key business functions with executive experience in corporate development, sales and marketing, and operations. 

Raj joined Miratech after being a key member of the leadership team that grew Pivotree, a company that enables frictionless commerce and digital transformation, from $10M to $100M+ and a successful IPO. During his 13-year tenure, Raj was instrumental in driving operational excellence through periods of growth and was a key contributor to strategy, market analysis, and go-to-market execution.

Raj holds a BSc (Hons) in Information Systems for Business from the University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Board Members
Nikolay Royenko
Board Member

After a highly successful academic career in IT, Nikolay founded Miratech in 1989 and developed the company into an IT leader in the industry with qualified personnel and international projects and representation. He subsequently served as Miratech’s CEO until December 1999.

Mr. Royenko obtained his Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1980, and his PhD in Computer Science from V.M. Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics of NAS of Ukraine in 1983.

From 1983 to 1989, Nikolay served as Head of Laboratory and Deputy Director at the Institute of Software Systems of NAS of Ukraine. Mr. Royenko was a visiting researcher at the University of Zurich, and participated in the Young Scientists Summer Program at the International Institute for Applied System Analysis in Vienna, Austria.

In 2004, Nikolay was elected Charter President at IT Ukraine, a leading industrial IT association, and was subsequently reelected four times in a row.

Valeriy Kutsyy
Board Member

Valeriy Kutsyy holds a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and an Executive MBA and joined Miratech in 1998 as a software engineer. He advanced through a range of positions with increasing responsibilities and began serving as CEO in January 1, 2008. Valeriy also is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). In 2017, he completed Harvard Business School Executive Education program for Leading Global Businesses.

Ruslan Furtas
Board Member

Ruslan Furtas has more than ten years of experience in private equity and consulting. Ruslan is a Principal at Horizon Capital, a leading private equity firm in Emerging Europe, with over $1.1 billion in assets under management, backed by over 40 institutional investors. Ruslan serves on the boards of tech companies, focused on international expansion and operational improvements support.

Before Horizon Capital, Ruslan worked as a consultant for Ernst & Young (now EY). His projects included buy and sell-side financial, commercial, and operational due diligence, as well as IPO preparation. Previously Ruslan worked in audit, equity analysis, and ran a number of entrepreneurial projects.

Ruslan was Muskie Fellow and holds an MBA from New Mexico State University. He also holds a Master’s degree with distinction in International Business from Lviv Polytechnic National University. Ruslan is President and co-founder of Muskie Club Ukraine alumni association and co-founder of Professional Government Initiative, an association promoting hiring of western-educated professionals for state officials positions in Ukraine.

Derek Elder
Board Member

Derek Elder brings extensive global technology experience, including being a NASDAQ-listed CEO and Public and Private-company Independent Director. Alongside an outstanding business career at the forefront of technology and technological change, he is well-known for delivering operational efficiency and driving profitable business growth.

Mr. Elder currently serves as President of Sercomm Technology, a subsidiary of Sercomm Corporation, which designs and manufactures cutting-edge broadband technology for Tier 1 and Tier 2 broadband providers.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Vecima Networks (TSX: VCM).

From the very outset of his career to today, Mr. Elder has reliably delivered successful results by combining his technology and business expertise. He holds both a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pennsylvania State University. A respected NACD Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors, he is also a patent holder and maintains an active secret security clearance.

Shimi Shah
Chairperson of the Board

Ms. Shah has over two decades of venture capital investment experience in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. During the last 10 years, she has used her investment and board expertise to design, build, and manage fiduciary and advisory boards for clients that include sovereign wealth funds, family offices, private equity, and large private businesses.  Shimi also founded NEDx in 2020, that focuses on coaching high impact directors as well as building high performance boards.

Ms. Shah is known globally as an innovation and corporate governance expert and advises SMEs and government establishments across EMEA. She is highly regarded in the field of board leadership and evaluation – she leads companies, family offices, and funds to design, build, and strengthen boards to enable them to reach their objectives. Shimi is an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), currently serving on the Chapter committee.

Advisory Board Members
Ken Archer
Advisory Board Member

Accomplished and intuitive executive, with an award-winning 37- year track record in optimizing sales and channel/indirect routes to market to achieve the scaling of business results at companies like HPE, Avaya and Genesys. Recognized “Industry Thought Leader” on “Partnering” and the optimization of partner eco-systems. He has been recognized multiple times by Channel Reseller News (CRN) as one of the top channel executives in the technology industry.  

In Ken’s career he has extensive experience in managing various types of channel partner organizations from VARS, Managed Services Providers, Hyperscalers, Distributors, ISVs, Alliance Partners, BPOs, Telcos, Master Agents and vertically focused partners. Additionally, Ken also has the unique experience of having been the CEO of a multi- million-dollar Managed Services Partner, so he truly understands the  needs of the partner community from both a manufacturer and a partner perspective. 

Strong troubleshooting, problem solving and investment case development abilities. Proven track record of successfully securing major funding for growth/expansion while driving efficiency, innovation and operational agility to deliver long term shareholder and stakeholder value. 

Cultural transformation driver and change enabler, who combines strategic abilities with commercial acumen and influential leadership skills to maneuvers businesses and functions through periods of exciting innovation, M&A, turnaround, and growth. Empowering, inspirational, and empathetic leader who harnesses talent, operationalizes strategies, builds high caliber, committed and engaged teams, resulting in a strong people culture and low organizational attrition.

Wes Hayden
Advisory Board Member

Wes Hayden is currently EVP of International at Afiniti and is responsible for commercial operations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Wes brings over 40 years of experience in Sales and Executive Management with technology companies.  Early in his career, Wes led sales teams with a number of iconic organizations like Digital Equipment Corporation, Sun Microsystems and Informix software.  For the past 20+ years he has held Executive roles in the contact center infrastructure space as a division President at Nuance and LiveOps and as CEO of Genesys and Virtual Hold Technology.

Wes holds a BS degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  He is on the board of the International Women’s Democracy Center in Washington, DC. and is an avid wakesurfer, paddleboarder, and beginning pickleball player.

Stewart Christ
Chairperson of the Advisory Board

Stewart H. Christ has been a Board member since 2013 and is the head of Miratech Business Development in North America. With more than 30 years of experience in business development, management and technical skills, his role is primarily to support corporate leadership in the execution of Miratech’s business development strategies in the US markets. Stewart is also a chapter chairman from the Washington D.C. and Baltimore chapters of the World Presidents’ Organization and a graduate of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Stewart’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

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