About NovaStor

NovaStor develops Backup & Restore software
for small and medium sized businesses

NovaStor Management Team


Each member of NovaStor’s executive management team has extensive practical experience dealing with economic and strategic challenges of the IT, software and data lifecycle industry. NovaStor focuses on developing technologies that enable enterprises, resellers and service providers to enter growth markets with a strong profile supported by profitable products and services.

NovaStor’s management expertise has proven its value in the building of successful enterprises. The use of established management systems further enables the steering of a company that centers around customers and partners.


Stefan Utzinger | CEO

After developing IT-systems for the EU and the Hoechst AG as a student, Stefan Utzinger laid the groundwork of his entrepreneurial engagement with the foundation of Conceptware AG in 1992. He led the company specializing in content management systems as chairman of the board until 2001 - acquiring renowned VC companies as investors. Among others, a leading German economics magazine recognized his work: According to “WirtschaftsWoche” he belongs to the “Elite of the Future” and was awarded respectively in the year 2000.

Stefan Utzinger continued to consult leading IT-enterprises strategically, thereby contributing to the building of a sales network. Among his tasks were the position as Head of Partner business with Intershop and the setting-up of the outsourcing business at Arvato Systems. Another milestone was the expansion of the European distribution network for Allaire (now Adobe).

Stefan Utzinger joined NovaStor in 2004. After being in charge of the research & development processes, he was assigned Executive Vice President Marketing & Technology. In 2007 Stefan Utzinger was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this role he is responsible for NovaStor’s worldwide business operations.

Stefan shares his expertise and practical experience with building successful enterprises and direct and indirect sales channels in particular in his 2011 book publication Channel Revolution.
Find further information at www.channel-revolution.com.


Mike Andrews | Managing Director NovaStor Corp.

Mike Andrews took on the title of Managing Director in 2007. He is responsible for running NovaStor’s US organization. Mike has received several industry innovation rewards and was recently awarded with a patent based on a revolutionary approach to file restoration.

Prior to NovaStor, in 1990, he managed a Canadian government inventory tracking and security initiative for 7 years leading to hundreds of millions in cost avoidance and savings.

In 1997, he then became the Executive Vice President of Sales at Authentex Software, acting as the North American Distribution for ThunderByte Anti-Virus and a worldwide distributor for the award winning DataSafe Encryption Software solution.

Mike is a 20 year veteran of the data security industry, is co-founder of a system integration and services company, has invested in several companies including NovaStor and Iotum – a provider of telephone and meeting management applications and services. Mike currently sits on several boards, including his role of Vice President for the Technology Council of Southern California.


Rod Christensen | CTO

Rod Christensen has taken on the role of CTO/Vice President of Engineering at NovaStor, where he will foster collaboration among his team of designers and engineers to build quality storage products for “the rest of us.” Rod has more than 25 years of experience developing elegant solutions to complex data storage management problems.

Before NovaStor, he served as Vice President of Software Development at CA, where he oversaw the 250 person team for sustaining engineering for all CA Enterprise software, as well as overseeing development on the ARCServe Replication and High Availability and ERwin Data Modeler products.

Prior to CA, Rod served a short stint as VP Strategic Development at NovaStor and was the driving force behind the consolidation of our NovaBACKUP local and offsite based backup technologies. Rod established an efficient solution that could be activated from top to bottom based on a single license key. He also introduced a clean modular design and positioned the products to expand beyond the Windows OS. Rod also co-founded Yosemite Technologies, acquired by Barracuda Networks. As Chief Technology Officer of Yosemite, he managed the architectural, technical, product, and design processes for the TapeWare product line.


Adrian Knapp | Chairman

Adrian Knapp is a seasoned entrepreneur. He holds a degree in Business Economics from GSBA Zurich and has been involved in the launch of different companies.

In 1991, he was one of the founders of Dicom AG (Kofax PLC today), an international Swiss value-added distributor (VAD) for imaging products. Dicom AG had its initial public offering (IPO) on the AIM-London Stock Exchange in 1995. Adrian was also co-founder of COPE AG, the first fully data storage focused system integrator in Central Europe. COPE AG had a Nasdaq IPO in 1998. Later, Adrian was involved with Mount10, a Swiss-based managed service firm. Mount10 went public on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 2000.

Currently he is on the board of different firms and serves as Chairman of the Board of NovaStor. Adrian and his team are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Company.


Markus Bernhard | Board Member

Markus Bernhard graduated from the University of St. Gallen as a licensed Business Economist with a B.A. HSG degree. He worked for Revisuisse Price Waterhouse between 1991 and 1997. During that time, he also became a Certified Public Accountant. In September 1997, Markus was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of COPE Inc. and later became the CFO of Mount10. At that time, NovaStor was the main driver in the IPO processes at COPE and Mount10. Markus then served as CFO for Novavisions AG until March 2007. One month later, Markus became the CFO of Mobilezone Holding AG, a leading Swiss-based independent mobile phone provider.