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The Planet PDF Team

Foxit's Planet PDF Team's experience extends back to the very beginning of PDF. We have not only watched the development of PDF as a standard document exchange format, we expanded our knowledge by using the technology.

Karl De Abrew

Planet PDF Editorial Director

Karl De AbrewKarl De Abrew is the founder of Planet PDF, and currently the President of Foxit SDK BU. Foxit's Software Development Kits (SDKs) help developers integrating industry-leading PDF technology into application workflows.

He is the co-founder/former CEO of Debenu (now acquired by Foxit Software), one of the world's leading PDF and document management software vendors which has developed popular PDF SDKs, Acrobat plug-ins, desktop software and custom solutions for Adobe Acrobat, PDF and other file formats since 2007.

Karl is also the founder/former CEO of Nitro Software, the builder of Nitro Pro. He is a seasoned speaker, moderator, industry commentator and columnist for a variety of publications.

Rowan Hanna

Planet PDF Managing Editor

Rowan HannaRowan Hanna is both a Planet PDF Contributing Editor, VP of SDK Products and Solutions, Foxit Software and the former CTO of Debenu (for acquired by Foxit Software). Before co-founding Debenu, he managed Planet PDF's affiliated online (now closed) store, PDF Store. Rowan worked closely with customers and software vendors, has an extensive knowledge of document management related products, and drove PDF Store to become the premier location for independent PDF software and Adobe Acrobat plug-ins. Rowan later joined the Nitro Software product development team to design and test new product features based on customer feedback, with a focus on usability and quality.

Susana De Abrew

Planet PDF Contributing Editor

Susana De AbrewSusana De Abrew has overseen sales, marketing and strategy as Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Foxit SDK BU & Debenu's COO. She is primarily leading the charge to see Foxit SDK & Quick PDF Library adopted as the SDK of choice for developers looking to mobilize their PDF applications with Android and iOS. In addition, Susana's background informed the development of a product purpose-built to facilitate submission compliance in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, Acrobat plug-in Debenu PDF Aerialist Pharma.

Nicolas Derico

Planet PDF Contributing Editor

Nicolas DericoWhen PDF was first published, Nicolas Derico was -3 years old, and now manages all things Marketing at Foxit SDK BU and Debenu. He got his first job in Tech at age 16 and his master's degree in Business Marketing at 19.

When he is not theory-crafting on how to bring enterprise-grade PDF SDKs to more developers around the world, Nic enjoys solving complex problems in high-velocity environments and delivering A+ experiences for our customers. He also volunteers as a mentor and tech evangelist, educating teenagers on the opportunities the tech industry has opened up, in both his hometown of Malaga (Spain) and Mar del Plata (Argentina), where he is originally from.

Before joining Debenu in 2015, Nic held a variety of marketing positions in several tech startups in Spain, and abroad.

Dan Shea

Planet PDF Contributing Editor

Dan Shea Dan Shea first became involved with PDF while developing a back-end process for the conversion of paper books for a leading eBook provider. He joined the Planet PDF team as PDF Store Manager, catalyzing a period of unprecedented growth in the area, and during that time gained extensive experience with the use of literally hundreds of different PDF software packages. His credits include the co-ordination of conference sessions, and he has moderated and spoken at such major industry events as Seybold Seminars, PDF Conference, The Acrobat & PDF Conference and Open Publish Sydney.

Planet PDF Contributing Editor

Anne SheaAs a Contributing Editor for Planet PDF, Anne Shea is variously responsible for writing, editing and posting PDF-relevant news, interviews, op-ed and articles about cool uses of PDF. Anne holds a master's degree in English literature, and when she's not writing on all things PDF, she keeps librarians in the know about tech and innovation.

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