Board & Executives

David Yang, Ph.D.

David Yang, Ph.D.

Founder and Chairman of the Board of ABBYY
Co-founder and President of Findo.com

Mr. Yang created ABBYY in 1989, when he was still a 4th year student. Now ABBYY is the global leader in the intelligent capture with over 1250 employees in 16 offices worldwide, including Silicon Valley, USA, Germany, Japan, Russia. ABBYY develops a diverse range of Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Optical Character Recognition and Linguistic technologies, solutions and platforms for classification, text analytics, data extraction and validation to improve business outcomes. Yang’s latest project is an AI Search Assistant - Findo.com. David has created the Findo mobile app and web service with the goal to help millions of users to be more productive in managing their emails and files. Findo saves time by providing Google-like search experience across personal and corporate content and finds tasks the user might have missed.

The World Economic Forum in Davos named Mr. Yang as one of the 100 World Technology Pioneers in 2002. David Yang is the author of numerous patents and scientific publications in AI, NLP and OCR. His other areas of interest include modern art, architecture, and social communication technologies. He also published a book about a healthy way of eating called “Now I Eat What I Want!”

Mr. Yang is a co-founder and board member at numerous technological companies and charity organizations, including iiko, Plazius, Ayb Educational Foundation, Galchenok, Band of Angels, etc. He lives in Portola Valley, CA, USA.

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Ulf Persson

Ulf Persson

CEO of ABBYY Group.
Board Director

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.

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Karl-Magnus S. Karlsson

Karl-Magnus S. Karlsson

Board Director

Karl Karlsson has served on the board of ABBYY since 2006. Karl is a serial entrepreneur that conceived his first technology startup Scoop Inc. while still in graduate school and took it from idea to NASDAQ listing. He has been instrumental to the success of many global tech companies both as founding entrepreneur and as investor. Highlight projects include 3721.com sold to Yahoo and rolled in to Alibaba yielding $40+ billion value creation for Yahoo. Karl was Co-Founder and Chairman of Pickit.com and a Senior Advisor on the advisory board of Monster Inc. Karl is currently a Venture Partner at Insight Venture Partners. He focuses on working with Insight’s European and Asian investments and serves as first point of senior contact with prospective portfolio companies identified by the investment team in Europe. Philanthropic ventures include conceiving of, co-organizing and participating in Prince Albert II of Monaco's dog sledding expedition to the North Pole benefitting the World Wildlife Fund, having served as Chairman of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Oceanic Explorers and as Senior Expedition Advisor to Virgin Oceanic. He is a BP Fellow of the World Scout Foundation, member of Travelers Club and a Fellow of The Explorers Club. Karl holds an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management, Glendale Arizona and a BA in communications from California State University, Fullerton California.

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Marinos Dimosthenous

Marinos Dimosthenous

Board Director

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.

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Vadim Tereshchenko

Vadim Tereshchenko

Senior Vice President, CFO/COO. Deputy to CEO of ABBYY Group. Board Director

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.

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Konstantin Anisimovich

Konstantin Anisimovich

Chief Technology Officer of ABBYY Group.
Board Director

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.

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Arthur Whipple

Arthur Whipple

President,
ABBYY North American HQ

Art earned his BSEE at the University of Washington and his MBA from the University of Santa Clara. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Association – the oldest engineering honor society in the United States – and a certified management accountant.

He has been a process engineer, cost accountant, treasurer, accounting manager, chief accounting officer, chief financial officer, chief operating officer, VP of engineering, VP of business development, president and chief executive officer. He is currently the lead director and audit committee chairman of GSI Technology, Inc., a public semiconductor manufacturing company.

His first IPO (as chief accounting officer) was in 1980 on NASDAQ. He has had executive roles in private companies and public companies listed on NASDAQ, the London Stock Exchange and the NYSE. He has played executive roles in more than 25 merger and acquisition transactions as both buyer and seller.

He joined ABBYY in early 2015 as CFO of ABBYY NAHQ. ABBYY North American HQ President since 2016.

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Dean Tang

Dean Tang

Director of ABBYY Global Accounts,
ABBYY International HQ

Dean Tang grew up in Taiwan. A veteran in the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) industry, he founded ABBYY USA in 1999 as a fully-owned subsidiary of ABBYY. Earlier, in 1993, he co-founded Micro3, Inc., an e-mail marketing company. Micro3 created a powerful and effective channel for product sell-through (www.micro3.com).

In 1989, Mr. Tang, with K. Bobby Chao, co-founded OCRON Inc., a pioneering OCR and BCR (business card reader) company. He was the key developer of Recore OCR SDK and Perceive Personal OCR software. He also developed the first OCR technology, MORE – Multiple Optical Recognition Engine, which is based on the concept of OCR voting. MORE was voted Imaging Magazine’s 1994 product of the year. In 1996, OCRON was acquired by UMAX, one of the largest high tech conglomerates in Taiwan. After the acquisition, the company was renamed NewSoft and Mr. Tang was in charge of the company’s North American operations. NewSoft went public in Taiwan in 1998 (www.newsoftinc.com).

Between 1983 and 1988, he joined three early stage start-up software companies: Daisy Systems, Atherton Technologies and Athena Software; all were affiliated with the CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) and CASE (Computer Aided Software Engineering) industries. Mr. Tang was the principal developer of the first commercially available Object Oriented Repository for the Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) market. Daisy Systems went public in 1983.

Dean Tang holds a master’s degree in Math and Computer Science from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Insurance from Feng Cha University in Taiwan.

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Jupp Stoepetie

Jupp Stoepetie

Chief Executive Officer,
ABBYY European HQ

Jupp Stoepetie grew up in Holland and is Chief Executive Officer of ABBYY Europe GmbH which he founded on behalf of ABBYY in July of 2001. Under Jupp’s direction, ABBYY Europe has achieved best-seller status for ABBYY’s flagship product, ABBYY FineReader, and formed partnerships with major European DMS vendors. Prior to founding ABBYY Europe, Jupp co-founded Mitcome Neue Medien in 1992. Mitcom was a German-based software publisher that licensed tools and utilities software for the retail channel. Mitcom partners included developers around the world and started selling FineReader software in German speaking countries in 1997. During this time, Jupp also provided product management consulting for Kelly Data, a mid-sized German software publisher, during which time he helped Kelly establish their product portfolio. Previously, Jupp worked for PCSL Software GMbH, a German computer game publisher, and the University of Utrecht, Netherlands as head of the user support and consultancy group. Jupp was educated as Biologist, and later went on to study Informatics.

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Vitaly Tyschenko

Vitaly Tyschenko

Chief Executive Officer,
ABBYY Eastern European HQ

Born October 24, 1972 in Chernigov, Ukraine. Finished school with honours, participated in the Ukrainian Computer Science Olympics. A graduate of the Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev (honours degree). In 1995, Mr. Tyschenko became the CEO of BIT Ukraine (renamed to ABBYY Ukraine in 1998), one of Ukraine’s leading software manufacturers. Established a wide network of partners — more than 300 partners in Ukraine and 16 partners in 17 countries in Eastern Europe. Under Mr. Tishchenko’s leadership, ABBYY Ukraine grew from 7 people in 1995 to over 200 in 2013. ABBYY Ukraine was twice named among the Top Ukrainian Software Suppliers by the Business magazine.

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Yury Koryukin

Yury Koryukin

Chief Executive Officer,
ABBYY Australia

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.

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Elena Pospelova

Elena Pospelova

Chief Executive Officer,
ABBYY 3A (Asia, Africa
and South America)

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.

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Dmitriy Shushkin

Dmitriy Shushkin

Chief Executive Officer,
ABBYY Russia

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.

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