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Taj Reneau, Parus Interactive CEO
Taj Reneau
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Taj Reneau led the charge to establish Parus Interactive as the leader in speech-enabled unified communications. A pioneer in the UC industry, his vision drives overall performance and strategy for Parus Interactive, including finance, operations and growth.

Taj began his career as a technology consultant specializing in building wireless facilities and data centers in Central America and Mexico. Later, he co-founded EffectNet, a messaging company where his duties as CEO included client acquisition and product development. “Before ‘unified communications’ was a buzzword, we were in the forefront of driving the UC space,” Reneau said.

EffectNet partnered with Webley Systems to provide unified communications to its growing customer base. Ultimately, Reneau saw the need for more control over the UC product. “We owned the customer relationships, but wanted to be closer to the technology in order to customize and change it to better serve our clients,” he said. The two companies merged in 2001 and ultimately became Parus Interactive.

Under Taj’s guidance, Parus Interactive continues to innovate. “Our extensive patent portfolio represents the reality that Parus Interactive was the first company to make breakthrough inventions in the field of communications managed by speech recognition, and we intend to continue our efforts to build on these successes,” Reneau added. 

Taj Reneau earned a BA from Central Washington University and an MBA from the University of Portland. Fluent in Spanish, he once volunteered for a year at a Honduras hospital. He enjoys numerous outdoor sports and most values time spent with his family.

Robert C. McConnell, Parus Interactive CFO
Robert C. McConnell
Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President
and General Counsel

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Bob is a founder of Webley Systems and joined the Company in October 1997 as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel. Prior to joining Parus Interactive, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of a diversified investment group headquartered in Washington, D.C. His experience includes senior positions with a Kemper Financial Group investment banking firm, general counsel of International Spike, Inc., an international manufacturing company and a tax partner with Grant Thornton, LLP, an international certified public accounting firm. Bob earned his BS in Accounting, With Distinction, and his JD, magna cum laude, from Indiana University. He is a CPA, an attorney and holds the Order of the Coif.

Alex Kurganov, Parus Interactive CTO
Alex Kurganov
Former Chief Scientist

As a founder of Parus Interactive and its principal software architect, Alex is responsible for driving Parus Interactive’s leading edge technology. An expert in retail systems, speech recognition technology and customer contact center infrastructure, he has over 20 years of experience as a software system architect and developer. In 1990 he built the UNIX-based computer telephony system for Dytel Corporation (the first creator of Auto-Attendant) and went on to design advanced software systems for Motorola, Interactive UNIX Corporation and Ardis. Alex led the development of Parus Interactive’s Unified Communications technology while serving as CTO of Vail Systems, a leader in the IVR/Internet Enhanced Telephony industry. He holds an MS in Computer Science from the Institute of Technical Cybernetics, Academy of Sciences and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnical Institute in the former USSR.

Darius Reneau, Parus Interactive CMO
Darius Reneau
Chief Marketing Officer
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Darius was appointed to the position of Chief Marketing Officer in 2001 and oversees all sales, marketing and product management for Parus Interactive. Prior to Parus Interactive, he was the co-founder, President and COO of EffectNet, a leading integrator of unified communications and voice portal technologies. He has comprehensive experience within emerging markets and has held executive sales and marketing positions within several leading computer, networking and Internet companies. He has also provided consulting services to companies such as Fujitsu, EDS and Hewlett Packard. Darius has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Central Washington University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Salil Pradhan, Parus Interactive CTO
Salil Pradhan
Chief Technology Officer
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Salil is the Chief Technology Officer and oversees technology and engineering for Parus Interactive. Prior to Parus, Salil was the Chief Technology Officer for HP's Enterprise RFID efforts, focused on retail and healthcare. He has been issued 35 US patents and is a recognized thought leader in enterprise technologies and communication. Salil is a founder of two startups and currently serves on a number of startup, industrial, and academic advisory boards. Salil has a Masters in Computer Science from Northeastern University.