Board of directors
Dr. Shlomo Shamir
Dr. Shlomo Shamir joined RRsat as a member of our Board of Directors in April 2011, and was appointed Chairman in 2011. He brings vast senior-level management experience from several leading global technology companies, with business experience in six continents and several industries. From 2009 till 2010 he served as the President of Aeronautics Systems Ltd. Prior to that position, he served as the President of NICE Ltd.(NASDAQ:NICE), and prior to that served as the President and CEO of NICE Systems Inc. Before joining NICE, he served as President and CEO of CreoScitex Americas, and prior to that as President and CEO of Scitex America. Prior to joining Scitex, Dr. Shamir served for 24 years in the Israel Defense Forces, retired as a Brigadier General. He is currently also the Chairman of the Board of Scodix Ltd., and is serving as a board member in other companies, including Visonic (|TASE) and MST (private). Dr. Shamir holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science and PhD degrees in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University, California.
David Rivel is the Founder of RRsat, and served as Chief Executive Officer from 1991 till 2012. Mr. Rivel has 31 years of active management of RRsat Global communications, and today serves as a Board Member and Special Advisor to the Board. Mr. Rivel is an electronic, computers and communications engineer with over 30 years of experience in radio frequency communications, antennas, video, television and satellite communication. Mr. Rivel holds an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Be'er Sheva Campus, and is a member of the IEEE, World Teleport Association and Society of Satellite Professionals Association.
Alexander Milner , a member of our board of directors since December 2006 until April 2011, and re-elected on January 18, 2012, is the Vice Chairman of Rapac Communication & Infrastructure Ltd. Mr. Milner was the Managing Director of Rapac Communication & Infrastructure Ltd. from 1989 until the end of 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Milner was Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the communications group of Tadiran Electronics Ltd. Mr. Milner is also the Managing Director of O.R.T. Technologies Ltd. and the Chairman of Orpak Systems Ltd. and Transway Ltd. Mr. Milner received an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion in Israel and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from Insead/Stanford University.
Amit Ben-Yehuda , a member of our board of directors since March 2004, is Chief Executive Officer and a director of Kardan Communications Ltd., a holding company that focuses in communication companies, which is one of our principal shareholders. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of Kardan Communications Ltd. in January 2006, Mr. Ben-Yehuda was Deputy CEO of Kardan Communications Ltd. from January 2005 to January 2006 and Vice President Business Development of Kardan Communications Ltd. from October 1999 to January 2005. From late 1996 to late 1999, Mr. Ben-Yehuda served as the Director of Business Development of Cellcom Israel Ltd., a leading wireless telecommunications services operator in Israel. Mr. Ben-Yehuda served as Senior Advisor to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and the Israeli Ministry of Interior Affairs from 1992 to 1996. He serves as a director of Kardan Technologies Ltd., a public company traded on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange, and of several privately held companies, including Sintecmedia Ltd., Unicell Ltd., The Israeli Channel and Baby First TV LLC. Mr. Ben-Yehuda holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and an M.B.A. from Tel-Aviv University.
David Assia, a member of our board of directors since October 2006, is a co-founder of Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. (NASDAQ: MGIC), and served there in various positions, including as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, from 1983 until 2007. Mr. Assia is currently the CEO of Nadyr Investments, a privately held investment company. Mr. Assia was managing director of Mashov Computers Ltd. between 1980 and 1986 and has served as the Chairman of its Board of Directors since 1989. Mr. Assia also serves as a director of Kardan Technologies Ltd., Tradonomi Ltd., Dynasec Ltd., The Weizmann Institute of Science and The Israel Association of Electronics and Software. Mr. Assia holds a B.A. degree in economics and statistics and an M.B.A. degree, both from Tel Aviv University.
Guy Vaadia, a member of our board of directors since October 2007, is the Managing Partner of Origo Investments, a credit investment fund. Prior to joining Origo Investments in 2009, Mr. Vaadia was the Chief Executive Officer of FIBI Holdings Ltd., FIBI Investment House Ltd. and FIBI Investment House A (1998) Ltd. Prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer in February 2005, Mr. Vaadia served as Chief Business Credit Officer at Bank Ha'Mizrahi from 1995. Until March 2009, Mr. Vaadia served as a director of FIBI Investment House Ltd., FIBI Investment House A (1998) Ltd., CRH (Israel) Ltd., Inter-Gamma Investment Company Ltd., O.R.T. Technologies Ltd., Rapac Communication & Infrastructure Ltd. and Shamir Optical Industry Ltd. Mr. Vaadia received B.Sc and M.S.C. degrees in Economics, Agriculture and Management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and an M.B.A. degree from INSEAD at Fontainebleau.
Ron Oren, a member of our board of directors since March 2006, is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Rapac Communication & Infrastructure Ltd. Mr. Oren served as Vice President – Business Development of Rapac Communication & Infrastructure Ltd. from July 2005 until the end of 2006. Prior to his engagement at Rapac Communication & Infrastructure Ltd., Mr. Oren served as the Technology Manager of Delta Film Ltd., the largest importer of photographic materials and products in Israel, from July 2001 to July 2005, and as the Logistic Control Manager of Orbotech Ltd., a company that develops equipment for inspecting and imaging circuit boards and display panels, from February 1999 to June 2001. He is also a director of various subsidiaries of Inter-Gamma Investment Company Ltd., including Del-Ta Engineering Equipment Ltd., Orpak Systems Ltd. and O.R.T. Technologies Ltd. Mr. Oren holds a B.Sc. in Industrial and Management Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.
Vered Levy-Ron, a member of our board of directors since January 2007, is the CEO of HumanEyes Technologies from February 2010. Prior to that, she was president of DaLi Advisory from September 1995 until January 2010. Ms. Levy-Ron also served as head of the Prepaid Products and Services Group and as a VP of New Businesses at IDT Telecom, a subsidiary of IDT Corporation, from February 2002 to July 2005. Ms. Levy-Ron was also a strategy management consultant at A.T. Kearney in Paris from 1999 to 2001, at Booz Allen & Hamilton in New York from 1993 to 1999 and at Shaldor in Tel Aviv from 1990 to 1992. Ms. Levy-Ron holds a B.A. degree in French and economics from Tel Aviv University and an M.B.A. degree in finance and international management from Columbia Business School.
Yosi Shahror, a member of our board of directors since March 2012, is the Chief Financial Officer of Kardan Communications Ltd. and Kardan Technologies Ltd. Prior to joining Kardan Communications and Kardan Technologies in November 2008, Mr. Shahror worked as Senior Manager at Ernst & Young. Mr. Shahror currently serves as a director of several private companies in the Kardan Group. Mr. Shahror holds a BA in Economics & Accounting from Ruppin Academic Center, and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.
We have selected RRsat after carefully evaluating all their capabilities, including their teleport services, fiber network, master control room (MCR), engineering team and coordination/booking skills. Our recent visit to RRsat's new state of the art teleport in Israel, established our confidence that we have a partner that can address our needs for the long term.
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