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 was appointed CEO of Amiad on November 3, 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 Amdocs Limited
(NASDAQ: DOX), a leading provider of technology to the global telcos and cable companies where he is a member
of the Audit Committee and 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
“Haredim to the Academy”, a non-profit social investment fund, and “Air Doctor”, 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. From 2010 up to the beginning of 2017, Mr. Azani served as a Director
of Kibbutz Amiad and a member of its Economic Committee. From 2015 Mr. Azani has served as a board
member of HaChoshlim Foundation - Agriculture Cooperative Society for Business Ltd., an affiliate of Kibbutz
Amiad. 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.
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 and serves on the Board of Governors and Council 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 and Hachoshlim Foundation - Agricultural Cooperative Society for Business
Ltd. 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 15, 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 2012, she has been an External Director of Caesarstone Sdot-Yam
Ltd., a NASDAQ-listed manufacturer of engineered quartz stone surfaces and currently holds the position
of Chairman of the Audit Committee. She has also been an External Director of Palram Industries) Ltd.,
a TASE-listed manufacturer of extruded thermoplastic sheets since 2015. Ms. Ben-Dov was an External
Director of Polyram Ltd, a TASE-listed manufacturer of components for the automotive, electrical, irrigation
and construction industries between 2010 and 2015, where she is Chairman of the Balance Sheet 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: 03/05/2017