Nikolai Petrossian is the new CEO of Virtus.pro
Virtus.pro welcomes Nikolai Petrossian as the new CEO. He replaced Aram Karamanukyan in this post, who still remains the club's investor.
Aram Karamanukyan, investor of Virtus.pro:
“We made a decision to go forward with a more experienced CEO, the one that will be able to take charge of all the little things and nuances of the esports business establishment, communicate with managers from every discipline on a daily basis and be effective at operations management. Nikolai was an obvious choice.”
Nikolai Petrossian, CEO of Virtus.pro:
“I gladly accepted the offer to lead Virtus.pro. I have thoroughly studied how the club works during its time in ESforce, and I will be glad to use this knowledge now that both the club and I have left the holding.
There is another reason: the potential of Virtus.pro for the development of esports in Armenia. I have lived in Armenia for 31 years, this is where my personal and professional journey began, so I am very happy to return to the roots. Our player with the flag of Armenia on his shoulders has already raised the championship cup over his head this year, and I think it was very symbolic.”
Reference: biography of Nikolai Petrossian
Nikolai Petrossian was at the origin of the Championship.com portal, which turned from a small website about football into one of the leaders in sports media. Since then, as PR Director for adidas CIS, he has managed traditional media engagement, the SMM team, and influencer engagement.
The next step in Nikolai's career was joining an actively developing betting business. In November 2017, the team in which Nikolai held the position of marketing director brought the first international bookmaker to the Russian market: bwin (formerly a sponsor of Real Madrid) became the first foreign company to legally operate in Russia. In November 2018, Nikolai Petrossian joined the ESforce Holding team as the media director. In February 2022, he became CEO of ESforce. In December 2022, he left ESforce and accepted an invitation from Virtus.pro to become club’s head.