About Us
Yva.AI is a Silicon Valley, CA based company that helps organizations retain the best talent, build engaged teams and achieve more. Our team consists of PhD's from around the world and professionals with more than 20 years of experience working in AI, NLP, semantic/search engine and HR related technologies. Together, we created Yva - the AI-driven People Analytics platform.

Our capabilities set us apart: resignation prediction for key employees, organizational network analysis, dynamic engagement and performance metrics. Yva is a unique combination of behavioral analytics and timely, personalized surveys.

Yva enables leadership teams to make evidence based decisions while engaging individual employees with feedback.
Board of Directors
David Yang, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Started 9 companies, including ABBYY, world leader in OCR, NLP, AI, 1300 employees, 16 offices, 13 countries,«Technology Pioneer» by the World Economic Forum, author of multiple patents, publications and a book.
Ulf Persson
CEO of ABBYY Group
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.
Andrew Gershfeld
Partner at Flint Capital
Flint Capital, a Boston based investment company supporting entrepreneurs in the US and Europe. Andrew brings deep consumer startups expertise and serves on the boards of several other companies. Before becoming and investor, he was an entrepreneur who had successfully built and sold one of the Groupon clones of Eastern Europe. Andrew holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Physics and Mathematics, and Innovation Management Professional degree.
George G. Shapovalov, CFA
CFO and Secretary
17 years of experience in banking and finance with a focus on financing growth. Brings strategic financial approach combined with operational excellence and strict risk management. CFA Charterholder, MBA degree, B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics.
Advisory Board
Bill Reichert
Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures
Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, mentor, author, speaker, board member advisor, educator, partner, spouse, parent, and general enthusiast. Not always in that order.
Rick Orloff
CISSP, Vice President and CSO at Code42
Rick has developed and lead critical security programs at one of the largest Fortune 5 companies in the world, Apple Inc. and was the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at eBay. He is one of the top recognized global experts in security with over 20 years of experience.
Nicholas Davidov
Gagarin Capital Partners, Advisor Masquerade Technologies
Business development and corporate strategy executive. Private Equity investments manager with a vast experience of sourcing, structuring and adding value to deals. Strategy visionary with effective hands-off management approach in portfolio companies, enabling rapid capitalisation growth.
Yan Rozovsky
Business Unit Executive - Collaboration & Watson Talent Management at IBM
25+ years scaling SaaS startups and Fortune 500 companies (IBM, Oracle, SAP, GE) with the focus on Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Operations. Yan has been an integral part of 4 successful exits (1 IPO, 3 acquisitions). He is actively involved within startup community; advising, coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs.
Management
David Yang, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Started 9 companies, including ABBYY, world leader in OCR, NLP, AI, 1300 employees, 16 offices, 13 countries,«Technology Pioneer» by the World Economic Forum, author of multiple patents, publications and a book.
George G. Shapovalov, CFA
CFO and Secretary
17 years of experience in banking and finance with a focus on financing growth. Brings strategic financial approach combined with operational excellence and strict risk management. CFA Charterholder, MBA degree, B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics.
Brent Celman
Vice President of Sales, North America
More than 20 years of high tech sales and sales management. Brent is leading the expansion of the North American sales organization and establishing best practices to drive revenue growth. Prior to joining Yva, Brent held senior positions at leading technology companies including Authoria, Kronos and Replicon.
Gary A. Fowler
President
Co-Founder 7 startups including GVA LaunchGurus (Top accelerator), IPO (CKSW), Co-Chairman of the Year AmCham Innovation Committee, TEDX speaker
Eric S. Pelletier
Chief Strategy Officer
25 years of experience in strategy and private equity, as a Partner at Bain and Oliver Wyman. 10 years of experience in HR at Hay Group/Korn Ferry where he started and run the Strategic Workforce Planning practice. Multiple publications on Corporate Performance and people.
Yva Team
The Yva Team consists of 19 members. Our engineers specialize in search, natural language processing, machine learning, deep learning, computational linguistics, applied mathematics, AI engineering, complex tasks in images and text analysis, speech recognition, analytics, neural networks, clusterization, semantic search, cloud, web and mobile solutions.
Founders
David Yang, Ph.D.
Founder
Started 9 companies, including ABBYY, world leader in OCR, NLP, AI, 1300 employees, 16 offices, 13 countries,«Technology Pioneer» by the World Economic Forum, author of multiple patents, publications and a book.
Gary A. Fowler
Co-founder
Co-Founder 7 startups including GVA LaunchGurus (Top accelerator), IPO (CKSW), Co-Chairman of the Year AmCham Innovation Committee, TEDX speaker