Executive team

Our leaders combine demonstrated commitment to IT and communications innovation with world-class management skills to create efficiency and value for our clients.

Sergei Drozhilkin, Chief Executive Officer

Sergei Drozhilkin has been with MERA since the beginning, starting in 1989 as a lead software developer. In 2001, he was appointed Chief Technology Officer, and in 2007 to the post of Vice President of Operations. He became CEO in 2015. Sergei earned his Master of Science in Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia and continued to work at there as a researcher and teacher until joining MERA. His studies included work on advanced antenna measurements and signal processing.

 

Konstantin Nikashov, Chief Business Development Officer

Since 2006, Konstantin has been responsible for developing strategic business directions, as well as coordinating partnerships and key customer relations—including long-term partnerships with world technology leaders. He has been a major part of MERA’s growth into a leading provider of software R&D. Konstantin joined MERA from Commercial Information Networks where he was Chief Technology Officer. He received his Master of Science in Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.

 

Juerg Lohri, Chief Financial Officer

Juerg Lohri joined MERA as CFO with 20 years of experience in the IT industry. He previously held senior positions in international finance, including European Controller for Unisys, a global IT service provider. His experience includes large-scale enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations, establishing quality assurance systems, and developing and improving business models. Juerg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

 

Andrei Ladygin, Chief Visionary Officer

Since 1999, Andrei has focused on strategic business development and research directions, helping MERA innovate and grow by capitalizing on key technology trends. He also contributes legal and technical expertise in relationships with customers, partners, and investors. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

 

Grigory Burov, Technical Director

Grigory oversees major projects in wireless and enterprise communications, and coordinates end-to-end quality assurance activities at MERA. He began his career at MERA in 1999, starting as a lead software developer and then working as a project manager before becoming Technical Director in 2007. Grigory graduated from the Faculty of Radio Electronics and Cybernetics of Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University, Russia.

 

Derek Forcher, Vice President of Sales, North America

Derek built sales operations for multiple technology innovators before coming to oversee North American sales at MERA. His facility with globally distributed teams and delivery models enables him to effectively leverage the MERA value proposition across the North American market. He focuses on delivering ever-greater value to customers and helping them find practical solutions to their pressing business challenges. His career-long immersion in the information and communications technology sector gives him deep understanding of customer needs and the ability to integrate solution sets end-to-end for maximum value.

 

Igor Piruyan, Chief Business Development Officer, Europe

Igor has over 30 years of experience working for technology-based companies and research institutes, including 15 years of Executive management. Prior to MERA, he worked at the offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Russia, leading the development of internal software and IT infrastructure. Igor holds a Master degree in Mathematics and Computer science.

 

Antal Balvinszky, Senior Vice President, Business Development

Antal Balvinszky develops and executes MERA's expansion strategy throughout the Headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland. With over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Antal has held various senior sales management positions at the intersection of banking and insurance, operations, and technology. Antal has a background in Economics and business administration.

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