President and CEO
George was born in Cluj, one of Romania’s most important cities. He graduated with an MS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the “Babes Bolyai” University in Cluj in 1980. His career started at the Cluj Territorial Center for Computation (CTCE) where he worked until 1991, when he emigrated to the U.S.
During his early years in the U.S., he worked as a Software Architect on numerous projects for large financial institutions and was the Lead Architect of SUMS (Security Universe Management System), a comprehensive financial data cleansing tool implemented at very large financial institutions in the US and Europe. In 1999, together with Ken Rogers, he started Recognos Inc. One year later, George, Kendal Rogers, and Romeo Macaria established Recognos Romania, Inc., a U.S. – Romanian joint venture in Cluj, Romania.
In 1998 George became involved in promoting the Romanian IT industry in the Bay Area. He is one of the founding members of the Romanian American Business Network, whose mission it is to bring together people with an interest in the Romanian business environment.
George is also the Honorary Consul of Romania at the Honorary Consulate of Romania in San Francisco.
COO & CFO
Ken is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Recognos. Ken oversees the operations and financial matters for Recognos, assists with business development for partner companies and works with clients to ensure that Recognos services are provided with exceptional value. Prior to co-founding Recognos in 1999, Ken was a principal in Global Financial Resources, a consulting firm that specializes in providing IT and operations solutions to the Investment Management industry. During this time he worked and managed staff in various consulting capacities for companies including: Charles Schwab, Barclays Global Investors, the Bohemian Club, Mt. Zion Health Systems, and Fisher Investments. Ken began his professional career with Deloitte & Touche, receiving his CPA while auditing numerous California business and governmental organizations. Prior to joining Deloitte, Ken received his BS in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley’s business school. Ken enjoys mountain and road bicycling, writing poetry and novels, gourmet cooking, hiking, backpacking, and raising his two young children.
Director of Business Development – Europe
Andi graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also founded the first Romanian student organization. After, working as a financial analyst for Microsoft in Silicon Valley, in 2008, Andrei had a great opportunity to return to Romania and apply his experience in the telecommunications industry as a business development director and then CFO for several major telecoms. In Recognos, Andi wants to help the company become a solid partner for all customers while ensuring a fun and challenging working environment for the entire Recognos team. Andrei is passionate about entrepreneurship, aviation, political economy and tourism, and he is keen on helping Romania realize its potential by nurturing its human assets – he sees the country’s multicultural landscape as key to its growth – as well as by protecting and promoting its natural beauty. Andi is an Aspen Institute Fellow.
Mihai is our Chief Technology Officer. He brings over 20 years of experience working in technology companies, leading large, cross-border software development projects across Europe and the US.
Mihai is a leader within the software industry, and a professor at the Technical University in Cluj. His area of expertise includes Software Architecture and Software Engineering with a focus on cloud and distributed applications. He has a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Cluj.
Financial Manager – European Operations
Gabi is responsible for managing all finance and accounting aspects of the organization’s European operations. She has an essential role to budget planning, financial resources allocations and plans, and general financial management.
She graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree from the School of Economics at the “Babes Bolyai” University in Cluj and a Masters’ degree in Accounting and Finance from the same university.
She is an Expert Accountant, member of the ACCA Romania since 1995.
Head of Data Service Unit- Europe
Catalina manages the entire HR strategy and operational activity for Recognos. From identifying and growing talent to managerial coaching, performance management and organizational development, Catalina is responsible for making Recognos a great and opportunity-laden company for the entire team.
She graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree from the School of Economics at the “Babes Bolyai” University in Cluj and a Masters’ degree in Human Resources in the same university. Her experience spans more than a decade over several industries: pharma, telecommunications and IT&C.
Catalina loves people, heights and seeing things done properly.