Management Team

Management Team

Taj Reneau

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Taj Reneau leads the charge to establish Parus as a leader in voice-driven solutions. With more than 20 years of executive leadership experience serving technology markets, he has a proven track record of advancing growth initiatives related to cloud, voice assistants, SaaS, mobile, UC, and IoT solutions.

Prior to joining Parus in 2001, Taj successfully co-founded and sold EffectNet, a venture-backed hosted messaging service provider serving tens of thousands of business customers.

Taj holds an MBA from the University of Portland.

Robert C. McConnell

Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel

Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, and Co-Founder, Robert McConnell joined the company in 1997.

Prior to Parus, 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 and an attorney, and holds the Order of the Coif.

Darius Reneau

Chief Marketing Officer

Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Darius Reneau heads up sales, marketing and product efforts for Parus. Darius has more than 20 years of leadership experience innovating and driving growth initiatives related to cloud, voice assistants, SaaS, mobile, UC, and IoT solutions.

Prior to joining Parus in 2001, Darius successfully co-founded and sold EffectNet, a venture-backed hosted messaging service provider serving tens of thousands of business customers.

Darius holds an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

Alex Kurganov

Chief Scientist

As a co-founder of Parus and its principal software architect, Alex is responsible for driving Parus’ 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’ Unified Communications technology while serving as CTO of Vail Systems, a leader in the IVR/Internet Enhanced Telephony industry.

Alex 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.

Salil Pradhan

Chief Technology Officer

Salil is the Chief Technology Officer and oversees technology and engineering for Parus. 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.