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 PhDs 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: Yva is a unique combination of behavioral analytics and timely, personalized surveys. Among our most requested tools are resignation prediction for key employees, organizational network analysis, dynamic engagement scans and performance metrics.

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 an investor, he as an entrepreneur had successfully built and sold one of the Groupon clones for 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 led 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 in 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, with 1300 employees, 16 offices in 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
With more than 20 years of high tech sales and sales management, Brent leads the expansion of the North American sales organization and establishes 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 of 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.
Marta Leman
Chief Commercial Officer
Previously worked on leading positions at AlfaStrakhovanie, Svyazoy group of companies, Bank of Moscow, Wells Fargo, BearHug Foundation. Marta has 10+ years of building distribution channels, building successful teams, and launching new products both in Russia and in Silicon Valley.
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 of 7 startups including GVA LaunchGurus (Top accelerator), IPO (CKSW), Co-Chairman of the Year AmCham Innovation Committee, TEDX speaker