Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Amir Elstein was appointed as Chairman of the Board in January 2009. Mr. Elstein serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Israel Corporation Ltd., and a member of the Board of Directors of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Mr. Elstein serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Jerusalem College of Engineering. He also serves a chairman/member of the board of several academic, scientific and educational, social and cultural institutions.
Mr. Elstein was a member of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries senior management team from 2005 to 2008, where most recently he held the position of the Executive Vice President at the Office of the CEO, overseeing Global Pharmaceutical Resources. Prior thereto, he was an executive at Intel Corporation, where he worked for 23 years, eventually serving as General Manager of Intel Electronics Ltd., an Israeli subsidiary of Intel.
Mr. Elstein received his M.Sc. in the Solid State Physics Department of Applied Physics from the Hebrew University in 1982 and his B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University in 1980. In 1992, Mr. Elstein received his diploma of Senior Business Management from the Hebrew University.
Chairman of the Audit Committee
Alex Kornhauser has served as an independent and external director since August 2008. Mr. Kornhauser serves as Senior VP, GM of Manufacturing at Numonyx Corporation since March 2008. From January 1978 to March 2008, Mr. Kornhauser held many positions at Intel Corporation from design engineer, project manager, department manager, engineering manager and general manager of certain groups, segments and plants. More specifically, from August 2000 to May 2007 he served as Intel Israel Site GM, from January 2006 until March 2008 he served as VP of the Flash Memory Group, from December 2004 to December 2005 Mr. Kornhauser served as VP of TMG NVM Strategic Segment, from January 2001 to November 2004 he served as VP of TMG F18 Plant Manager and from January 1996 to December 2000 he served as F18 General Manager.
Mr. Kornhauser holds a B.Sc. in Electronics from Bucharest Polytechnic Institute in Romania.
Chairman of the Compensation Committee
Kalman Kaufman has served as a director and as a member of our Audit Committee since August 2005 and as a member of our Stock Option and Compensation Committee since May 2008. Mr. Kaufman also served as Corporate Vice President at Applied Materials from 1994 to 2005. Between 1985 and 1994, Mr. Kaufman served as President of KLA Instruments Israel, a company he founded, and General Manager of Kulicke and Soffa Israel.
Mr. Kaufman is currently the Chairman of Solgel Nanotechnology and is a member of several boards of directors. He holds engineering degrees from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Independent and External Director
Ilan Flato has served as an independent and external director since April 2009. Mr. Flato serves as a Senior Non-Executive Director of Emblaze Ltd. since April 2006. Until 2004, Mr. Flato served as the VP for planning, economics and online banking in United Mizrahi Bank and as the Chief Economist of the bank. From 1992 and 1996, Mr. Flato served as the Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel. Prior to this position, Mr. Flato served in the Treasury Office as the deputy director of the budget department. In addition, Mr. Flato served as a member of the board of directors of many government owned companies.
Mr. Flato holds a Masters in Law from Bar-Ilan University and a B.A. in Economics and Work Relationships from Tel-Aviv University.
Nir Gilad has served as a director since May 2007. Mr. Gilad has served as Chief Executive Officer of Israel Corp. since June 2007; he previously served as Vice-Chief Executive Officer of the Israel Corporation from May 2006 to May 2007. From 2004-2006, Mr. Gilad served as Vice-Chief Executive Officer of Migdal Holdings Insurance and Financings Ltd., Chief Executive Officer of Migdal Investment Management 2001 Ltd. and chairman of Migdal Capital Markets Ltd. In addition, from 1999-2003, Mr. Gilad served as General Comptroller of the Treasury Office of the State of Israel. Throughout the years, Mr. Gilad was a member and chairman of several boards of directors.
Mr. Gilad holds an M.A. in business administration from Bar Ilan University and a B.A. in Economics and Agricultural Management in Natural Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dana Gross has served as an independent director since November 2008. Dana is a Venture Partner at Camel Ventures, a leading Israeli Venture Capital firm. From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Gross was a Senior VP, Israel Country Manager at SanDisk Corporation. From 1992 to 2006, Ms. Gross held various senior positions at M-Systems, including Chief Marketing Officer, VP World Wide Sales, President of M-Systems Inc. (US Subsidiary) and CFO, VP Finance and Administration. In addition, Ms. Gross served as a director of M-Systems Ltd., Audiocodes Ltd. and PoweDsine Ltd.
Ms. Gross holds an M.A. in business administration from San Jose State University and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Tel-Aviv University.
Rami Guzman has served as a director since February 2009. Mr. Guzman is a director of Bank Leumi Le-Israel, he is a director in several IT companies and serves as consultant to IT and telecom companies. Mr. Guzman held various senior positions at Motorola Inc. and Motorola Israel Ltd. since 1985, including VP of Motorola Inc. and Director of Motorola Israel Ltd. In addition, until July 2004, Mr. Guzman was the CFO of Motorola Israel Ltd. Prior to joining Motorola, Mr. Guzman worked for the Ministry of Finance first as senior assistant and deputy to the Director of the Budget and then as Government-wide MIS and IT Commissioner.
Mr. Guzman was a Research Fellow at Stanford University and Stanford Research Institute, California, USA, and completed Ph.D. studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds an M.A. in Business and Public Administration (1969) and a B.A. in Economics (1963) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.