Dara Akbarian serves as Chief Financial Officer of APIMA & Senior Vice President at Omnicom Group. He also is an Angel Investor. Prior to his association with Highline, Akbarian spent five years at Omnicom as Senior Vice President, overseeing corporate M&A initiatives. Before his initial stint at Omnicom, Akbarian spent seven years with Wasserstein Perella & Co.'s private equity investment unit, most recently as a director in charge of sourcing, negotiating, and structuring venture capital, growth equity, and leveraged buyout investments across a variety of industries. During his tenure, he played a key role in advising and serving on the board of directors of a number of Wasserstein & Co. portfolio companies. Akbarian began his career at the Federal Reserve, performing economic research and econometric modeling for the Board of Governors and senior economists in the Fed's international finance division.