Team & Corporate Structure

Azarus is composed of a senior team capable of executing Azarus’ mission along with more than 30 contributors across the USA, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Hungary, Mexico, and Poland.

Founding Team

Alex Casassovici, CEO and Founder: Alex is a telecommunication engineer graduated from a French Ivy, serial entrepreneur with three successful exits and angel investor. He’s located in San Francisco, CA. Alex is an international speaker on blockchain, gaming and sports matters. Alex co-founded Azarus, oversees general operations, and is acting CTO.

Andrew Lacy, Co-Founder: Andrew is a former lawyer, Stanford MBA and serial entrepreneur. Andrew advises multiple start-ups and is CEO and founder of Prenuvo, a medical tech startup. He was a co-founder of Tapulous, a mobile games company that Disney acquired. Andrew is a non-executive board member at Azarus.

Core Team

Adnene Khalfa, Chief Technology Officer: Adnene is ...

Chris Schave, Chief Revenue Officer: Chris is a seasoned advertising professional and US Air Force veteran. He began his advertising career at Amazon Ads as an Account Executive, managing over $100 million in advertising investments. He advanced to oversee global partnerships with major companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola. At Amazon, he also led a business development program, selecting new global advertising partners. Chris joined Azarus in 2022, where he leads ad sales and business development, focusing on innovative revenue models that enhance interactivity and rewards-based experiences.

Dimitri Lubimenko, CFO: Dimitri is a senior finance executive with over 11 years of experience in high growth, entrepreneurial, and private equity-backed environments. Most recently, Dimitri has held the role of CFO at Pencilmation (a YouTube animation giant). He has an extensive history in corporate banking, building out financial structures, and scaling up and developing revenue streams.

Tanya Ponomarenko, VP Product: Tanya is an experienced UI/UX designer, who has worked on a wide variety of marketing and ecommerce digital products. She is the product owner at Azarus as well as a senior UI/UX designer. Tanya has a JD law degree.

Shareholders & Investors

Since incorporating in Summer 2018, Azarus has raised $6.5M from top investors and angels

Animoca Brands acquired a majority ownership in Azarus in Fall 2023

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