CHRISTOF WITTIG, CHIEF HORNET

Christof is the CEO of Hornet Networks, which he co-founded in 2011 when he felt there was a need to give the gay community a better app.

Christof is a serial software entrepreneur and investor, a poor triathlete and happily married for over 20 years to his husband, Juan. Born in Germany, he now lives in San Francisco and frequently travels around the globe.

STEPHAN HORBELT, CONTENT

Stephan is Hornet's Executive Editor. He's our strong voice in the community, and works to curate and craft stories of interest to Hornet's user base of queer men.

Stephan is a former entertainment attorney who came to Hornet with a decade of experience working in traditional LGBTQ media, formerly the editor-in-chief of Frontiers magazine. He's based in Los Angeles.

MATT NORRIS, PRODUCT

Matt is head of product at Hornet, innovating at the world's leading gay social network to allow men to connect safely, anytime and anywhere.

Previously, Matt has managed products at Brainjolt, Wag and Grindr. He's based in Los Angeles.

MATT HIRST, TECHNOLOGY

Matt oversees Hornet's strong engineering team, from delivering cutting-edge frontend design to maintaining consistent uptime for servers that process billions of messages, all while keeping user safe from malicious attacks.

Matt came to Hornet from Device Magic and Platform45. He and most of Hornet's engineering team are based in Cape Town, South Africa.

GERRY MONAGHAN, OPERATIONS

Gerry heads up operations, overseeing Hornet's largest team, distributed in dozens of countries around the world. His team nurtures Hornet's fast growing contributor community of LGBTQ influencers, and supports all users around the globe in dozens of languages, with an average response time of less than one hour.

Gerry previously served as a Customs and Immigration Officer at the UK Border Agency. He is based in Las Vegas.

DAMIEN BRENIER, FINANCE

Damien is Hornet's Financial Controller, overseeing accounting, legal and all aspects of Hornet's corporate presence. Since 2020, Damien also oversees brand partnerships.

Damien worked in a similar role at Teamworld, Seagate, LaCie and Sanofi. French-born, he now lives in Hong Kong.

SEAN HOWELL, PRESIDENT

Sean co-founded Hornet to head up marketing and sales, and ran the company as CEO from 2013–16. He is now also its President and a Director.

Sean is a LGBTQ community advocate who has worked on many initiatives to make this world a better place. He lives in San Francisco.