Founder & Chairman of the Board, ABBYY

David Yang was born in 1968 in Yerevan. He spent his first 17 years in Armenia before enrolling in the prestigious Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). Mr. Yang graduated from the Faculty of General and Applied Physics in 1992, with a master’s degree in applied mathematics and physics. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics, and is a Laureate of the Russian Government Award in Science and Technology.

Mr. Yang founded his first company, Bit Software, in 1989 with Alexander Moskalev, a member of the Institute of Microelectronics Technology of Russian Academy of Science. In 1998 the company was renamed to ABBYY. ABBYY employs leading engineers, scientists, and linguists developing Optical Character Recognition, Intelligent Character Recognition, and linguistic and Artificial Intelligence technologies. Today ABBYY is an international company with headquarters in Moscow, and sales and marketing offices in the Ukraine, the US, the UK, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Cyprus and Russia. ABBYY products are sold in more than 130 countries through an extensive network of regional and international partners.

Among the company’s most famous products are ABBYY FineReader, an optical character recognition system, and ABBYY Lingvo, an electronic dictionary. The overall number of users of ABBYY products, which range from end user applications for PC and mobile devices to enterprise solutions and development tools, exceeds 30 million people according to company research.

In addition to leading ABBYY, Mr. Yang is an entrepreneur co-founding and/or co-investing in a number of other projects. He is also the author of a large number of scientific publications and is the holder of many patents. He is ranked among the most famous Russian IT entrepreneurs. Mr. Yang is interested in contemporary art, architecture, and socio-communicative technologies.

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