Board of directors
Dr. Shlomo Shamir
Dr. Shlomo Shamir has been the Chairman of our board of directors since May 2011 and a member of our board of directors since April 2011. Dr. Shamir has significant senior-level management experience from several leading global technology companies, with business experience on six continents and in several industries. Prior to joining RRsat, Dr. Shamir served from July 2009 until March 2010 as the President of Aeronautics Systems Ltd. Prior to that position, he served from 2005 until 2009 as the President of NICE Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:NICE), and from 2001 until 2005 as the President and CEO of NICE Systems Inc. Before joining NICE in 2001, Dr. Shamir served as President and CEO of CreoScitex Americas from 2000 to 2001 and as President and CEO of Scitex Americas from 1997 until 2000. Prior to joining Scitex, Dr. Shamir served for 24 years in the Israel Defense Forces and retired as a Brigadier General. He is currently also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Scodix Ltd., and a board member of M.S.T. Raviv Modular Space Transportation 2002 Ltd. Dr. Shamir holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (1969), and Master of Science (1978) and PhD (1980) degrees in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University, California.
David Rivel, our founder and Chief Executive Officer from 1991 through June 2012, is also one of our directors. 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. He is responsible for the development and implementation of our strategy, our business development and the overall management of our company. He 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 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), World Teleport Association and Society of Satellite Professionals Association. He is the father of Lior Rival, our Chief Commercial Officer, and Maya Rival, our Vice President - Global Operations.
Alexander Milner, a member of our Board of Directors since January 2012 (and a prior member of our board of directors from December 2006 until April 2011), is the 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., a public company traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, 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.
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 the First International Bank, eToro Group Ltd., Biocatch Ltd., MobeeArt, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Yeda Research & Development Company 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.
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., a public company traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. 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, has served as the CEO of HumanEyes Technologies since February 2010. Prior to that, she was president of DaLi Advisory from September 2005 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.
Yigal Berman, a member of our Board of Directors since December 2013, is the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Inter-Gamma Investment Company Ltd., one of our principal shareholders (through its indirect subsidiary Del-Ta Engineering Equipment Ltd.). Mr. Berman served as our director from June 1993 through October 2007, and has served as an observer to our board of directors from October 2007 through December 2013. Mr. Berman serves as a director of various subsidiaries of Inter-Gamma Investment Company Ltd., including Rapac Communication & Infrastructure Ltd., a holding company that primarily operates in the fields of communication, energy, computers and military systems and is publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Orpak Systems Ltd., a company engaged in computerized fuel management and payment systems, and Orpak's holding company, O.R.T. Technologies Ltd., a public company traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Mr. Berman holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University.
Harel Beit-On, a member of our Board of Directors since December 2013, is a General Partner of Viola Private Equity, an Israeli private equity fund, since 2008. Mr. Beit-On is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of management leadership in the IT industry and an extensive investment and exit record. He is a co-founder of the Viola Group, one of the original co-founders of Carmel Ventures and the Founder of Viola Private Equity. Mr. Beit-On was the former CEO, President & Chairman of Tecnomatix (NASDAQ: TCNO), a leading provider of complete enterprise software solutions for process management and collaboration, where he led the company for over eight years. In 2005, he led the successful sale of Tecnomatix to UGS, a global leader in the Product Lifecycle Management, for $228 million. Mr. Beit-On served as Chairman of ECtel (NASDAQ:ECTX) from 2004 to 2006 and led the company's successful turnaround. He is the Chairman of Lumenis Ltd., where he led an investment of $150 million, acquiring 80% of the company's shares. He is also a member of the Boards of Directors of the following companies: Matomy Media Group Ltd. and Zend Technologies Ltd. and the Chairman of B. Gaon Holdings Ltd. (TASE:GAON), all of which are portfolio companies of Viola Private Equity. Mr. Beit-On has a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Yaron Sheinman, a member of our Board of Directors since December 2013, has been the Chairman of Ananey Communications Ltd., an Israeli TV content developer and provider, since 2010. Prior to joining Ananey Communications, Mr. Sheinman was the founder, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of BVR Technologies Ltd., one of the first Israeli start-ups - from its commencement in 1987 through 2004. In his capacity with BVR Technologies, Mr. Sheinman started several subsidiaries, including Nexus Telocation (NASDAQ: PNTR), NexusData, VIZRT (OSE : VIZ) BVR Systems (NASDAQ: BVRS) and Unisfair. In addition, Mr. Sheinman was involved in several privately-held Israeli companies. Previously, he acted as an independent consultant to Israel Aircraft Industries for the development of avionics systems. Mr. Sheinman served as a combat pilot with the Israeli Air Force (including reserve service) for 15 years.
Ayal Shiran, a member of our Board of Directors since March 2014, is a General Partner in Viola Private Equity, an Israeli private equity fund. Prior to joining Viola Private Equity, Mr. Shiran served as President of Amdocs (NYSE:DOX) Customer Business Group from 2008 to 2013 with extensive responsibilities that ranged from managing a large portion of Amdocs' business operations, strengthening Amdocs' customer business worldwide to leading a team of Division Presidents in targeting emerging businesses new to Amdocs' existing portfolio. Mr. Shiran also managed cross-divisional issues and was responsible for seeking out new opportunities within existing customers. Mr. Shiran and his team were responsible for evaluating new technology and business models and for identifying and executing potential acquisition transactions. Prior to his appointment as Amdocs' Customer Business Group President, Mr. Shiran held the position of Amdocs' Division President responsible for the AT&T group of companies, including SBC, Bellsouth and Cingular, from 2004 to 2008. Before joining Amdocs in 2004, Ayal served as Acting Vice President at TTI Team Telecom International (Nasdaq: TTIL, later acquired by TEOCO Corporation), where he was responsible for all project deliveries and follow-up sales in the Americas region. Mr. Shiran holds a Master's degree in Computer Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Tim Richards, a member of our board of directors since November 2014 is currently sits on several boards within the media industry; Senior Partner of Ravensbeck, a business improvement team focussing on the media industry; Chairman of Clisters, which provides bespoke and superior segmentation techniques and software; and Chairman of IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) - the essential global meeting place for everyone engaged in creating, managing and delivering the future of electronic media, entertainment technology and content. Mr Richards is an acknowledged world expert on media operations and business practices with experience in many in blue chip global media businesses such as The Walt Disney Company, Sparrowhawk Media, QVC as well as successful smaller private equity-funded ventures and start-ups. A technologist with more than 25 years’ international media experience, he has launched and run media businesses all over the world, in markets as diverse as Poland, Japan, India and South America. Tim has spent the last 10 years of his career operating at C-level and board roles in the media industry around the world. Tim began his career as an independent producer and has worked extensively in the TV News business.
Setanta Sports has a proud history of delivering top live sports content around the world. We are delighted to be entering in to these new territories and are excited to be working with RRsat to deliver this fantastic content to our TV partners in these regions.
CEO, Setanta Sports Eurasia