David Yang is a Silicon Valley-based serial entrepreneur, founder and Board Director at ABBYY, co-founder of Yva.ai, and a member of the Band of Angels. He started his first company, ABBYY, in 1989 when he was a 4th-year student at MIPT. Today ABBYY has over 1,000 employees and is a leading developer of Artificial Intelligence, Content Intelligence, Optical Character Recognition, and Text Analytics software with offices in 11 countries. Thousands of companies and more than 50 million users in 200 countries rely on ABBYY applications and solutions.
Currently, Dr. Yang is dedicated to Yva.ai by Findo, an ABBYY spin-off he co-founded in 2016. The company is developing an AI-powered real-time employee analytics and performance management system helping organizations save millions of dollars by predicting employee resignations, detecting interpersonal conflicts, and more.
Dr. Yang started a variety of business, creative, and educational projects: he created Cybiko, a pocket communication computer for teenagers (1998-2003); co-founded iiko, a software company focused on solutions for the restaurant and hospitality industry (2005); co-founded Plazius, a mobile customer loyalty and payment platform (2013); founded a number of creative art-based ventures including FAQ-Café studio (2004) and DeFAQto (2010); co-founded Ayb Educational Foundation and Ayb School (2005); published a book on healthy eating "Now I Eat What I Want!" (2013).
Dr. Yang holds numerous patents and has published several research papers and articles. His areas of interest include AI, modern art, architecture, and education. The World Economic Forum in Davos named him as one of the top 100 World Technology Pioneers.
Ulf Persson has been a member of the ABBYY Group Board since 2002. In March 2015, Ulf became the Chairman of the Board. In 2017, he was appointed as the CEO of ABBYY Group.
Ulf is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Mint Capital. Prior to founding Mint in 2000, he was Managing Director of the $300-million AIG-Brunswick Millennium Fund. In the first half of the 1990s, Ulf managed exports of metals and raw materials from the CIS to European and US markets, as head of the Russian office of Axel Johnson and later at AIOC Corp.
Over the past 20 years, Ulf has been involved as an investor and board member in about 20 different growth companies, including Tablogix (logistics services), jNetx (telecom software), Parallel Graphics (web3D software), Socialist Ltd (social media advertising), 2V Studios (TV content production), Elecsnet (payment services), UCMS (HR & accounting BPO) and MyMoney (P2P car financing).
Ulf is a graduate of Stockholm School of Economics and the Swedish Defense Language Institute and holds a B.Sc. in Economics.
Robert Youngjohns serves as Chairman of the Board at ABBYY where he works with the CEO and executive management team to accelerate ABBYY’s market leadership as a Digital Intelligence solutions provider and drive the company’s growth strategy globally.
Robert has over 40 years of experience as an executive in the technology industry. He is currently an Operating Executive in Marlin Operations Group, Inc. and serves as a Board member for a select few innovative technologies. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Software and Cloud at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he led HP’s new cloud strategy (HPE Helion) and spearheaded the $8.5 billion merger of HPE’s Software Business Segment with Micro Focus. Prior to HPE, Robert was President of Microsoft North America where he was responsible for sales, marketing and services totaling $25 billion of revenue across all product lines and channels in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, he has held key executive management positions at leading technology companies including Automation Anywhere, Callidus Software, Sun Microsystems and IBM.
Robert holds a Master’s degree with honors in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University.
Vadim Tereshchenko graduated from the prestigious Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia, where he obtained a PhD in Technical Science for his work on handwriting text input systems. Two software applications designed by him during his school years were adopted and used by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education.
Mr. Tereshchenko joined ABBYY in 1992 as a deputy director of the R&D Department and later was promoted to the position of head of the FineReader Project and vice-president of the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software development division. He holds over 10 international and domestic patents and is an author of a variety of OCR related publications.
Mr. Tereshchenko had demonstrated his analytical and management skills, and in the year 2005 he was promoted to the position of CFO of ABBYY globally. He was responsible for the overall supervision of all financial activities and initiatives of the company worldwide. In 2017 he was appointed as the CFO/COO and Deputy to CEO of ABBYY Group.
Over the course of her 30-year career, Aileen Allkins has transformed the customer service and support experience at some of the world’s best-known technology companies. Most recently, she was the Corporate Vice President of Global Customer Service and Support at Microsoft, where she led a diverse and international team of over 25,000 service professionals to provide world-class support for millions of customers.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Aileen led worldwide software support for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for over a decade and was responsible for consolidating the customer support experience and growing support revenues to exceed $2bn through increasing customer retention, improving contract renewal rates and expanding upsell opportunities. Before joining HPE, Aileen improved Peregrine Systems’ customer satisfaction by 12%, increased contracts renewals by over 10%, and improved employee engagement levels from the lowest in the company to the highest.
Aileen’s senior leadership experience spans several mission-critical customer support functions from customer service to technical support across a full range of customers from individual consumers, SMBs, public sector and large enterprises. She is a mentor for early-career women and is actively engaged with the Global Give Back Circle, a non-profit organization that provides mentorship, education and support to young women in Kenya.
In 2019, Aileen was recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council (USA).
Throughout his 20+ year career, Anubhav has been instrumental in building and scaling high-growth software and services businesses globally.
Anubhav is currently Chief Growth Officer at Headspin where he is responsible for leading the company’s growth strategy and creating a new multi-experience category across next-generation cloud appliances, remote control automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science driven analytics. Prior to joining Headspin, Anubhav served as Executive Vice President and Chief of Global Alliances at Automation Anywhere. During his tenure, he delivered many firsts in the world of intelligent RPA, cognitive automation and analytics and high velocity channels to the marketplace, contributing to the company’s multi-billion dollar valuations. Prior to joining Automation Anywhere, Anubhav held leadership roles globally at Information Services Group, HCL Technologies and Wipro Limited, where he was instrumental in helping drive triple digit growth and material shareholder returns.
Anubhav is a visionary, category creator and P&L leader spearheading financial growth, business operations, corporate development, acquisitions, and strategic board initiatives for leading public and private technology companies. He is an Angel Investor with a focus on investing in innovative purpose focused, impactful start-ups.
Anubhav is a TiE Charter Member, Silicon Valley, an invitation-only program for high-profile entrepreneurs and thought leaders dedicated to mentoring rising entrepreneurs and giving back to the community.
Marinos Dimosthenous is a professional Manager/Director with 20+ years of experience in production, corporate services (law & audit), travel and IT industries. He took a variety of managerial functions and positions, including general management. Marinos joined ABBYY in 2003, and since then has been successfully running ABBYY Cyprus. Holds a fellowship/membership in a number of well-known professional institutions in the UK and USA: the ILM, ISMM, ICPD, CMI, IOM, IEEE, IAP, IET, BCS, IoD, AMBA, PMI, and AIIM. An affiliate member of the CIM and associate member of the CQI, CIPD and APM. A member of the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber, the Cyprus Computer Society, the Cyprus Association for Quality and the Cyprus Management Development Association. As partner of the International Merchandizing Centre in the mid nineties, Marinos was among the first to organize business delegations from Cyprus to Moscow, Kiev and Minsk, and back to Cyprus from the Moscow Region, Perm, Altai and Tatarstan. Holds an M.B.A. in Technology & Operations Management from the Cyprus International Institute of Management, a M.Sc. in Radio Engineering from the Moscow Technical University of Communications and Informatics, and a M.Sc. in Information Systems from the Open University of Cyprus.
Anthony Macciola is a seasoned veteran of the tech industry, with over 30 years of experience in software, hardware, and algorithm development. He joined ABBYY's Executive Management Team as Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) in October 2017. In this role, Anthony will formulate ABBYY's market-focused vision and strategy for driving innovation and develop new product concepts and evangelize strategic marketing strategies.
Prior to his appointment as CIO of ABBYY, Anthony held several leadership positions at Kofax, where he rose to become Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As CTO, he was responsible for, among other things, initiating and directing the company's mobile capture, text analytics, natural language processing, and image processing technologies.
Before joining Kofax, Macciola served 3 years as the global VP for Marketing at Lantronix, a leading provider of embedded networking technology. Prior to that, he was part of the team at UK-based Xionics, and was instrumental to the company’s successful establishment in the U.S. and Australian markets.
Anthony Macciola holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from California State University and participated in Harvard’s Executive Management briefings. He holds over 45 patents in the areas of mobility, text analytics, image processing, and process automation.
Konstantin Anisimovich grew up in Minsk, Belarus, and is a graduate of the prestigious Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, where he specialized in General and Applied Physics.
Mr. Anisimovich joined ABBYY in 1991 and became the company’s Chief Technology Officer and Vice-President for Linguistic Technologies overseeing the company's R&D and product development activities. He was directly involved in, and managed the development of, the recognition technologies, which are used in ABBYY's flagship products: FineReader, Recognition Server, FormReader and FlexiCapture products.
As Chief Sales Officer, Bodo Wagener is responsible for global sales and business development. An industry veteran with more than 15 years of experience working in sales related roles for international technology companies, Wagener has a proven track record of opening new sales channels and driving revenue growth. Prior to his current position, Wagener was Senior Vice President of Sales for ABBYY’s European headquarters and held multiple sales roles within ABBYY. Wagener has also held positions various companies in the technology industry and gained profound knowledge of the manifold aspects of the IT sector. Furthermore, he brings distinct expertise in consulting governmental institutions and companies and evaluating the ideal solution for individual needs. Wagener has worked for such global companies as Digital River, Alstom, and Balcke-Dürr and has studied process engineering.
Vitaliy Tyshchenko has been named as ABBYY's new Head of Global Services, effective from March 1, 2019. In this role, he will take on company-wide responsibilities for a number of key functions including Strategic Customer Success, Professional Service, Technical Support and Education Service. He will also combine the top job with his current role as the Managing Director of ABBYY’s office in Ukraine. Prior to his current appointment, he took on the position of Vice President, Head of Professional service in January 2018.
Vitaliy graduated with Honors from the Faculty of Cybernetics of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. In 1993, while still a student, he began his career as the Head of a Software Department at an IT company.
In 1995, he established ABBYY's first foreign office in Ukraine, where he worked as its CEO until the company was reorganized in 2017. During his tenure in that position, he oversaw the successful expansion of operation of Ukrainian office to 20 countries in Eastern Europe, as well as to Israel, Cyprus and Turkey.
Vitaliy has earned top ranking multiple times in the Top Managers Rating of IT Companies in Ukraine. His hobbies include viticulture, skiing and being outdoors.
Scott Opitz is Chief Marketing Officer driving the development and execution of global marketing strategies. He joined ABBYY with the acquisition of TimelinePI, for which he was co-founder, President, and CEO from its inception. In this role, he oversaw the integration of TimelinePI’s process intelligence products (now ABBYY Timeline) into ABBYY’s worldwide sales and distribution channels.
A 30-year veteran of the computer industry, Scott has founded and built companies in the application integration, business process management, and business intelligence spaces. Scott founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Altosoft Corporation, a business intelligence software company that was ultimately acquired by Kofax. Following the acquisition of Altosoft, Scott served as Senior Vice President & General Manager for Analytics.
In previous positions, Scott served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development for webMethods (now Software AG), where he was responsible for webMethods’ marketing, business development, and strategic product planning. He joined webMethods as a result of its acquisition of IntelliFrame Corporation, a provider of data integration products and the InVista integrated workflow and BPM platform that he co-founded. Scott has also held numerous executive-level positions in technology, marketing and business development roles for public and private companies.
Paul Nizov is an Information and Cyber Security Professional and Business Executive with over 15 years of international technical, legal, and military experience in the United States, Middle East, and Asia. As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at ABBYY, Paul advocates the importance and impact of security among the company’s leadership team. Paul manages security risk, overseeing the strategic, operational, and budgetary aspects of secure software development, data privacy, and information protection.
Paul has built and managed information and cyber security programs in sectors such as energy, finance, healthcare, and technology. He has extensive expertise in regulatory compliance and security frameworks such as NIST, ISO, SOC, HITRUST, HIPAA, and GDPR. Additionally, Paul has designed and implemented enterprise-wide disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis management, and incident response capabilities.
Paul recently moved from Abu Dhabi, where he spent over four years advising private and public entities in KSA and the UAE. Key initiatives included establishing national information and cyber security capabilities to combat regional threats and protect critical infrastructure.
Paul holds a Juris Doctor from SMU Dedman School of Law, as well as a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and he is a former U.S. Navy nuclear submarine officer.
Bruce Orcutt is a veteran Product Marketing and Product Management professional with over 20 years’ experience in Enterprise Software. In his current role, Bruce will be driving global product marketing for ABBYY's intelligent capture solutions that create business value for organizations. He will focus on go-to-market strategies that will accelerate the adoption of ABBYY solutions worldwide. He joined ABBYY in 2015 as Vice President of product marketing for North American headquarters, responsible for the ABBYY enterprise software business. Prior to joining ABBYY, Bruce was the Senior Director of Product Marketing at Kofax, Inc. responsible for the mobile products, platform and solutions. Bruce has successfully developed and launched global enterprise software products, platforms and solutions for Financial Services, Insurance, Transportation, Manufacturing, and Government with an emphasis on accelerating transactions, improving competitive advantage and reducing costs. Bruce is a Graduate of Fresno State University.
Alex Elkin is Chief Product Officer at ABBYY and is responsible for driving ABBYY’s product roadmap and strategy. He previously served as Chief Technology Officer of TimelinePI, joining ABBYY with the acquisition of TimelinePI in August 2019. Alex was Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, and Executive Vice President of Altosoft Corporation, which was acquired by Kofax. He was also co-founder and Vice President of Engineering for IntelliFrame Corporation, one of the first companies to develop a complete suite of BPM and composite application development products. After IntelliFrame’s acquisition by webMethods (now Software AG), he spearheaded webMethods’ Advanced Technology Group. Alex is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).
Weronika is Chief People Officer at ABBYY and leads all aspects of improving the employee experience for ABBYY’s more than 1,200 global team members distributed across 14 countries and five continents.
She brings more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources, having led diverse teams at Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. She was previously at Ascential as Senior Vice President of HR, supporting over 2,000 employees, leading a global team of HR professionals across EMEA, NA, APAC and LATAM regions, and delivering scalable and consistent employee experience and engagement programs. Prior to Ascential, Weronika held the position of Global HR Director at Expedia, supporting one of its B2B brands. She also worked at Google, supporting multiple business units from an HR and people perspective. Her expertise spans across all areas of HR with a passion for talent development, culture, diversity, and inclusion.
Weronika holds a master’s degree in Psychology from University of Gdańsk and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Rotterdam Business School. Originally from Poland, Niemczyk currently resides in London.
Yury Koriukin has 20 years of successful sales and management experience in the IT industry. As the Chief Executive Officer of ABBYY Australia, he is responsible for the promotion and sales of ABBYY products in Australia and New Zealand. He joined ABBYY in 2001 as an account manager. Three years later, Yury headed the Corporate Sales Department at ABBYY Russia and, together with his team, implemented a series of large-scale projects in various market sectors. In 2010, he founded and became the head of the ABBYY office in Australia, quickly turning it into a solid business unit, thanks to his highly competent leadership in the development of business and partner relationships. From 2014-2017, he served as the head of ABBYY Russia as well. Prior to ABBYY, Yury worked for Garant Service (a Russian company developing the GARANT legal information system), where he was promoted from account manager to head of the department, working with large corporate clients. Yury graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University’s Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics.
Elena Pospelova is the leader of the ABBYY 3A office and responsible for business development and sales in more than 140 countries of Asia, Africa, and South America. Elena joined ABBYY in 2001 as an account manager in charge of sales in the Asian region. In 2005, she headed the Department of International Sales, which later evolved into a separate business unit (ABBYY 3A) under her strong leadership and vision. ABBYY 3A became the fastest-growing business in the company, operating at over 50 percent profitability, thanks to a highly effective sales strategy and deep understanding of local markets. Elena graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1991 (Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics) with a specialization in applied mathematics. After graduation, she worked on UNIX software development projects in Japan for two years. When she returned to Russia, Elena joined the software company SPIRIT, managing Russian-Japanese R&D projects. Starting from 1994, she worked at the Samsung Research Center in Moscow, which was responsible for the search and acquisition of promising software technologies. One of her achievements at that time was a unique technology agreement signed with ABBYY in 1996. Finally, David Yang, the Founder and Board Director of ABBYY, offered her to join his Cybiko project (pocket communication devices for teens) in 1999. Throughout her entire career, Elena has been focusing on building partnerships with technology companies in emerging markets, providing comprehensive solutions to address local needs.
Dmitriy Shushkin is the Chief Executive Officer of ABBYY Russia with responsibility for sales and promotion of all ABBYY line of products in Russia.
Dmitriy joined ABBYY in 2004 as a Corporate Account Manager and, by 2007, had become the company's head of Large Scale Projects. In this position, he successfully launched a number of innovation projects for top ABBYY customers across the country, including the Russian Railways, the Federal Financial Monitoring Service of the Russian Federation, and Alfa Bank.
From 2009, Dmitriy occupied a number of executive positions including as the Deputy CEO of ABBYY Russia, and the company’s Director of Corporate Projects. During his tenure, he developed and implemented a successful partnership strategy and established a high-level of pre-sales service. He and his team served the top largest companies and organizations in Russia, and launched new products in the market.
Before joining ABBYY, Dmitriy worked as a key account manager at CBOSS.
For many years, Dmitriy has been a member of the Expert Council of Docflow, the largest professional community for knowledge management in Russia and the CIS.
Neil Murphy was appointed to Vice President, Head of Global Business Development at ABBYY in March 2018 and is responsible for expanding the company's business into new markets and applications. Neil joined ABBYY in 2016 as Sales Director heading the UK office in London where he successfully transformed the regional business to offer more strategic value-led solutions resulting in significant growth year-over-year. In his new role, Neil will continue to drive significant growth with the robotic process automation (RPA) and wider AI markets globally.
Neil's deep understanding of data capture, cognitive understanding and process automation technologies spans nearly 20 years in a multitude of sales leadership and strategic roles at global organisations. He has experience scaling mature and new technology start-ups by building a sustainable model of strategic technology and go-to-market partnerships which serve to enhance corporate brands and revenue on a global scale. Neil is a regular contributor and speaker to industry publications and RPA/AI events.
Paula Sanders is Vice President of Global Customer Enablement at ABBYY, and has over 30 years of experience working with document imaging, data capture, business processes, CRM and ECM technologies. In her current role, Paula leads teams who provide technical product and solution support in pre-sales and post-sales activities across the US, UK, Europe and currently expanding into Asia. During pre-sales, her goal is to successfully demonstrate the value of ABBYY solutions while bidding solutions, proof-of-concepts, and closing qualified leads. During post-sales, Paula is a customer advocate across sales, service and support to ensure successful implementation of ABBYY products. She and her team have consistently achieved record-breaking sales by closely supporting enterprise sales, licensing and channel teams, and training partners. As the former the Director of the US Sales Engineering Team at ABBYY for several years, Paula has deep understanding of ABBYY products and established unquestionable credibility with clients, prospects and VARs. Paula is also an advocate for women in technology.
Butch Reh is ABBYY’s Vice President and Head of Global Licensing. He is responsible for developing and executing strategies to ensure the success of ABBYY’s software and hardware partners.
Upon joining ABBYY in 2008 as Director of Strategic Alliances, Butch has held several senior management positions. Since his promotion to Vice President in 2013 he has been a key driver of revenue growth initiatives while maintaining general management responsibilities for day‐to‐day operations of the U.S. and Asia teams.
Butch’s success as a technology sales leader began with the Hanover Insurance Company, where he earned the FLMI designation from the Life Office Management Association (LOMA). From there he moved on to EMC Captiva, where he held a variety of key management roles. During his tenure he drove their strategic partner recruitment, channel development, strategic marketing, project management, and product development. Prior to ABBYY, Butch was Director of Strategic Alliances for Daybreak Intellectual Capital Solutions, Inc. where he led the development and execution of the company’s partner strategy.
Butch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Nichols College.
Markus Pichler is Vice-President of Sales for Europe and is responsible for leading the sales organization in Western and Eastern Europe. Since March 2020, Markus also acts as the Managing Director of ABBYY Europe. He joined ABBYY in April 2009 and has more than 20 years of experience working in the software industry. Markus has a deep understanding of the enterprise market and large experience in supporting ECM, information capture as well as data and document management projects, and has served in a variety of roles, including director of product marketing for ABBYY and various product management positions at arvato.
He has a degree in business computer science from Germany and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from studies in Australia and is a frequent speaker on the Digital Intelligence market related topics in press and at conferences.
Joseph Rayfield is ABBYY’s Vice President of Sales for Americas, Australia, Japan & New Zealand. He joined ABBYY with the acquisition of TimelinePI in 2019. Joseph is an accomplished sales and business development professional with a proven track record of delivery in aggressive growth environments. Bringing more than 20 years of experience working in software and IT markets, his experience spans a wide range of technology offerings, from data and hosting networks to enterprise SaaS solutions. Most recently, Joseph served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Timeline PI. Prior to joining Timeline, he held multiple positions at Kofax, including Senior Vice President of Sales for Business Intelligence, Vice President of Sales for the UK and Ireland, Vice President of Sales for Australia, and New Zealand, and Senior Vice President of Global Channel and Alliances.