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Darin Myman has served as Chief Executive Officer and as a director of the Company since January 2016. Prior to DatChat, Mr. Myman was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wally World Media, Inc., a public company. He also has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of PeopleString’s board of directors since PeopleString’s inception. Mr. Myman developed extensive Internet skills through a variety of positions. He has executive management and founder experience having served as a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BigString Corporation, a publicly traded company, since October 2005. He also has corporate governance and board experience having served as a member of BigString’s board of directors since BigString’s inception. Prior to BigString, Mr. Myman was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of LiveInsurance.com, the first online insurance broker that pioneered the electronic storefront for large national insurance agencies. Prior to co-founding LiveInsurance.com, he served as a Vice President of the online brokerage services unit of Westminster Securities Corporation
Peter Shelus is a co-founder of DatChat and has served as our Chief Technology Officer since January 2016. Mr. Shelus has over 10 years of ephemeral messaging and mobile video development experience. Mr. Shelus has been at the forefront of the secure messaging industry, having served as a lead engineer for one of the first ephemeral messaging platforms, “BigString,” where he helped develop the patented technology that became a cornerstone of self-destructing messaging. Mr. Shelus received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Rutgers University, where he graduated with honors.
Dan Zeno has been our Chief Operating Officer since March 2021. From January 2019 to January 2021, Mr. Zeno served as the owner and founder of Seed Burger LLC, a fast-casual restaurant and sustainable food startup company based in New Brunswick, New Jersey. From 2013 to 2018, Mr. Zeno served as a United States Air Force Officer, honing his operational and leadership capacities while commanding upwards of 800 Airmen across diverse mission sets in various countries. Mr. Zeno received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Organizational Communications from Texas State University. Mr. Zeno is currently an MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Gabriel Daniels has been our Chief Information Officer since March 2021. Since May 2019, Mr. Daniels has served as the Co-Founder, President & CEO of NGD Cybersecurity and Customer Service Consultants LLC, a Minority-Woman Owned and Veteran Owned Business providing high-level technical, cyber commissioning, customer service and project management consulting services for companies within the DHS 16 critical infrastructure. From April 2018 to April 2019, Mr. Daniels served as the Cybersecurity Program Manager at Chinook Systems, an engineering firm. From June 2017 to April 2018, Mr. Daniels worked as a Senior Information Assurance Manager at Navstar Inc., an Information Technology & Services firm. In addition, since December of 2017, Mr. Daniels has worked as an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia (NoVA) Community College and Lord Fairfax Community College, where he teaches classes such as introduction to telecommunications, cyberlaw, network attacks, computer crime and hacking, and computer applications and concepts. Mr. Daniels is a 15-year U.S. Army and Navy veteran. While serving in the Army, Mr. Daniels aided in the development of the Army’s Strategic Cybersecurity and Cyber’s Incident Handling Response Plans. Mr. Daniels holds a master’s degree in cybersecurity and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Maryland University College.
Vadim Mats will serve as our Chief Financial Officer effective upon the closing of our initial public offering. From March 2018, Mr. Mats has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Grand Private Equity, and since February 2018, he has served as the Founder and Managing Member of BespokeCFO, a finance and accounting advisory practice. From June 2010 to December 2016, Mr. Mats was Chief Financial Officer of Whalehaven Capital. Mr. Mats also served as the Assistant Controller at Eton Park Capital Management, LP, a multi-strategy fund, from July 2007 to December 2009. From June 2006 to July 2007, Mr. Mats was a Senior Fund Accountant at The Bank of New York Mellon, where he was responsible for over fifteen funds. From 2011 until March 2017, Mr. Mats served as Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Wizard Entertainment Inc. (OTCQB: WIZD). Mr. Mats holds a master of science degree in accounting and finance and a bachelor's degree in business administration specializing in finance and investments from the Zicklin School of Business at Bernard Baruch College. Further, Mr. Mats is a CAIA© Charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.