Meet Kirill Tatarinov, the new Citrix CEO

 By Chris Fleck

In January 2016, Citrix announced Kirill Tatarinov as its new CEO after an extensive global search. Mark Templeton, who retired in October after 20 years, grew Citrix’s revenue from
$15 million to $3.2 billion. He left as a software industry legend and created high expectations for his successor.

Tatarinov comes to Citrix with an impressive resume and 30 years of industry experience that aligns very well with the company’s focus on secure delivery of apps and data. A native of Moscow, where he received a master’s in systems engineering, Tatarinov came to the U.S. by way of Australia, where he
co-founded Patrol Software, a systems monitoring company.

When his company was purchased by BMC, Tatarinov moved from Australia to Houston. Initially, he led the growth of the Patrol product line into a strategic contributor of BMC’s transition beyond mainframe software. Over time at BMC, he moved into a corporate development role, earned his MBA and ultimately held the position of executive chief technology officer. 

In 2002, Microsoft recruited Tatarinov to lead the Windows management and solutions organization, which included very relevant technologies in app delivery. As executive vice president of the business solutions division, he went on to run the Microsoft Dynamics product lines, which included the transformation to the cloud and doubling the business to over $2 billion in revenue.

Microsoft is Citrix’s most strategic partner in product integrations and go-to market initiatives. Having Tatarinov on board as Citrix’s CEO will provide a unique advantage and help grow the partnership even further.

Upon starting at Citrix, Tatarinov said, “I am honored to join Citrix during this exciting time. Citrix is an iconic company with a world-class brand, innovative products and a large installed base, including 99 percent of the Global 500. Citrix is a key enabler of digital business. Across every industry and region, the secure delivery of apps and data is a strategic imperative for organizations of all sizes. I look forward to working alongside Citrix’s leaders, talented employees and dedicated partners around the world to push the boundaries of innovation and create greater value together.”

The South Florida tech community should also be pleased to know that Tatarinov is moving to the area, buying a home and keeping the company headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. The appeal of a home office with an ocean view certainly fits the company’s mantra of “Work Better. Live Better.” ¿

Chris Fleck is on the board of the South Florida Technology Alliance and vice president of emerging solutions for Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS), a Fort Lauderdale company that provides secure delivery of applications and data. 

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.