Mr. Opper was appointed Non-Executive Chairman in September 2014. He has over 45 years’ experience in the global engineering and technology sectors. He has held an array of high profile roles, including Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy in Israel from 2002–2010 and Chairman of intergovernmental organisation for innovation funding, EUREKA, where he lead the promotion of industrial research and development from 2010–2011.
Mr. Opper began his career in 1968 as a Communication & Navigation Engineer in the Israeli Air Force before spending a year as a researcher at The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. In 1973 he joined Rafael Advanced
Defense Systems where he spent 27 years, holding several senior positions, including Vice President of Research and Development, Chief of Staff, Vice President of Advanced Topics and General Manager of the Electronic Systems Division. After leaving Rafael, he joined Giza Venture Capital before being appointed Chief Scientist.
More recently, Mr. Opper has held, and continues to hold, a number of advisory roles focusing on R&D and innovation policy for both government organisations and companies. He has also presented at numerous conferences and is a well-known lecturer on R&D policy and economical growth engines.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ivzori, aged 51, was appointed CEO of Amiad on 3rd November 2016. Mr. Ivzori joined Amiad from Tama Plastic Industry, General Partnership (“Tama Plastics”) where he was the Managing Director, performing the functions of Chairman and CEO of the business since 2008. As Managing Director, he was responsible for the strategic direction of Tama Plastics, including M&A in Europe and the USA, and the running of the day-to-day operations. Tama Plastics is a world-leading manufacturer of cutting-edge agricultural technology with a turnover of over US$500m and more than 1,300 employees spread across nine production sites and 15 subsidiaries. Prior to his promotion to Managing Director, Mr. Ivzori held other senior posts at Tama Plastics since 2000. Mr. Ivzori was admitted to the Bar in Israel in 2000 and started his career in 1986 working in Kibbutz Mishmar Haemek, including four years managing the kibbutz’s farming activity.
Statutory External Director
Mr. Olswang joined the board on April 1, 2009 as a statutory external director following a distinguished career in law and business. Since retiring from the law, among other appointments, Simon has served as a member of the Board of the British Library, Advisory Board of Palamon Capital Partners and on the board of NYSEquoted Amdocs, a leading provider of technology to the global telcos and cable companies where he chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Tel Hai Academic College in Israel in April 2012.
Mr. Shalev joined the Board as a non-executive director on August 3, 2010. Mr. Shalev currently serves as the Chairman of Bermad A.C.S. Ltd and Evron-Tamam Recycling Ltd. Partnership. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Miluot Regional Cooperative and Arkal Filtration Systems A.C.S. Ltd, has held the position of CEO and International Marketing Manager of Bermad A.C.S. Ltd and until recently served as Director in the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute. Mr. Shalev studied Management, Administration, International Marketing & General Marketing at Tel Aviv University, Haifa University and Ruppin Academic Center.
Jenny Cohen Derfler
Non Executive Director
Ms. Cohen Derfler was appointed as non-executive director as of August 13, 2013. She has over 25 years' experience of conducting business at multinational companies, including over 18 years at Intel where she performed various management roles, such as General Manager of Intel’s factory in Kiriat Gat, Israel.
In 2008, Ms. Cohen Derfler left Intel to take-up a senior director and factory manager position at Numonyx BV, an Intel spin-off, which was subsequently acquired by Micron Semiconductors, where she spent six years as General Manager of the manufacturing facility. Her most recent role was Vice President of Global Operations at electric vehicle network services provider, Better Place. Ms. Cohen Derfler now divides her time between Dualis, a non-profit social investment fund, and JustGo, a start-up company.
Mr. Azani joined the Board as a non-executive director in September 2014. Mr. Azani is a member of Kibbutz Amiad and has over 40 years of business experience. He has spent the majority of his career at Kibbutz Amiad, including as Finance Director. Since 2010, Mr. Azani has served as a Director of Kibbutz Amiad and a member of its Economic Committee. He was appointed as non-executive director of Amiad after having sat as an observer on the Board for two years.
Ms. Simon joined the Board as a non-executive director on March 31, 2014. She has significant experience in conducting business at multinational technology companies, most recently spending over 10 years at BMC Software Inc, which she joined in 2000 as VP of Finance & Operations for BMC Software Israel
before being appointed Regional VP, CEO & President of the Israeli subsidiary and then promoted to VP of Corporate Development for BMC Software based at the company’s headquarters in Houston, Texas. Prior to this, Ms. Simon held various positions at Intel Israel, including leading Finance & Operations where
she was responsible for growing the business’ footprint in Israel and expanding operations. During her career, Ms. Simon has held several advisory roles, including as Director of Insightec, M-Systems and Tower Semiconductor. In addition, she has advised the Israeli Trade Ministry and US-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Simon is currently a Director of AudioCodes Ltd (NASDAQ: AUDC; TASE: AUDC), Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. (NASDAQ: NVMI) and Nice-Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:NICE).
Statutory External Director
Mr. Zissman joined the board on March 3, 2015 as a statutory external director. Mr. Zissman, a UK Chartered Accountant, has over 45 years’ experience in the capital markets in the UK. He joined KPMG UK ("KPMG") in 1971 and was promoted to Partner within five years – a position he held for over 30 years. During his time at KPMG, Mr. Zissman was a founding Partner of the UK’s Corporate Finance Group and the Private Equity Group in the UK and US. Following his retirement in March 2008, he has held Directorships at Alchemy Partners, Barclays Wealth & Investment Management Advisory Board and Seymour Pierce. He is a current Director and member of the Audit Committee at a number of companies operating in the IT, leisure, food, transportation and engineering sectors, including AIM-listed The 600 Group PLC and Nasdaq listed Ability Inc.
Non Executive Director
Dr. Fortuna joined the Board as a non-executive director on March 27, 2015. He has over 40 years' experience in business development, strategy and R&D, primarily in the technology, chemical engineering - including water treatment - and pharmaceutical sectors. He holds a BSc and MSc from the Technion - Israel's Institute of Technology - and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois. During his career, he has held senior positions at ICL-Israel Chemicals Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: ICL) and at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA). In 2000, he established Aquise Ltd., a water treatment company in Israel. Currently, Dr. Fortuna serves as a Senior Research Fellow, Founder and Head of the "Center for Industrial Excellence" at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research. As part of this role, he is a consultant to Newtech, a government agency responsible for advancing Israel's national water and energy program. Dr. Fortuna is also a consultant of Elcon Recycling Center, a company that develops innovative industrial wastewater treatment solutions, and serves on the management board of the Technion and as a member of the committee of Science R&D policy of the Israeli Ministry of Science.
Mr. Rosen joined the board as a non-executive director on July 28, 2015. He has been a member of Kibbutz Amiad, which is the major shareholder of the Company, since 1961 and currently sits on the General Management Board of the Kibbutz. In 1982, he joined the Company as CEO and was instrumental in Amiad’s
decision to enter the automatic filtration market. He subsequently assumed the position of Vice President for Production Operations, a role he held from 1986 until his retirement in 2010.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Ben-Dov, a Certified Public Accountant, has approximately 20 years' financial management experience with public companies as well as private businesses. She joined Amiad in February 1, 2015 from Baccara Geva A.C.S. Ltd., an Israeli manufacturer of pneumatics, automation and control solutions, where she was V.P. of Business and Finance. Since 2010, Ms. Ben-Dov has been an External Director of Polyram Ltd, a TASE-listed manufacturer of components for the automotive, electrical, irrigation and construction industries, where she is Chairman of the Balance Sheet Committee. She has also been an External Director of Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd., a NASDAQ-listed manufacturer of engineered quartz stone surfaces, since 2012 and currently holds the position of Chairman of the Audit Committee. Prior to Baccara, Ms. Ben-Dov was CFO at Plassim, a manufacturer of multi-purpose plastic piping systems and solutions for domestic sanitation and waste discharge. Plassim is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gaon Agro Industries Ltd., a holding company that was listed on TASE. From 2003-2010, Ms. Ben-Dov was CFO of Maytronics Ltd., a TASE-listed water treatment systems manufacturer and distributor, headquartered in Israel with operations in the US and France. At Maytronics, she was responsible for all financial management and regulatory obligations with regards to TASE. She also played a central role in leading strategic business processes, including the listing on TASE, the foundation of the subsidiary in the US and the establishment of its finance system, and the acquisition of a company in France. Prior to this, Ms. Ben-Dov was an accountant at Ernst & Young. She began her career in 1996 as Cost Accountant at Kibbutz Yizrael.
Last update: 13/07/2016