Mr. Avisar has over 18 years' experience in global business management within the technology and engineering sector. This includes four years as Chief Executive Officer of SCR (Engineers) Ltd, a global leader in the development and production of agritech solutions for dairy farming, which was acquired by Allflex Group for US$250 million in 2015. Prior to this, he held the position of VP & GM of a global business unit at Hewlett Packard's Scitex division for large-format digital printing and a sales and corporate role at M-Systems, a NASDAQ-listed producer of flash memory products.
His current roles include, among others, Chairman of GlucoMe, a digital diabetes care platform; an active director of Telefire Company, a designer and manufacturer of solutions for fire alarms and smoke evacuation control systems worldwide; and a director of Unitronics, a TASE-listed developer of advanced technological solutions for the automation sector.
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. Arie Schor was appointed as statutory external director of the Company in February 2018, with effect as of April 1, 2018. He has extensive experience in leading substantial manufacturing-based businesses with international sales and operations. This includes being CEO of Tnuva Group, the largest food manufacturer and distributor in Israel, which owns multiple food brands, from 2009 to 2016. Mr Schor joined Tnuva from Hogla-Kimberly (now known as Kimberly-Clark Israel), which was the largest non-food consumer company in Israel with manufacturing facilities in Israel and Turkey. Prior to this, he spent six years as CEO of Caniel Industries A.T.G., a leading provider of metal packaging for food and beverage industries. He also has experience as the chairman of the board of directors of Tadbik Ltd., an international packaging business, chairman of the business cooperative of Kibbutz Afikim and as an independent director at Paz Oil Company Ltd., the largest oil & gas company in Israel, which is listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Jenny Cohen Derfler
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.
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 Director of Insightec, M-Systems and Tower Semiconductor and board member on the 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.
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 conducts national research and presents recommendations to the Israeli government and industry and is a consultant to Newtech, a government agency responsible for advancing Israel's national water and energy program. Dr. Fortuna serves on the Board of Governors and Council of the Technion.
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.
Mr. Afriat, a Certified Public Accountant, has been with Amiad since September 2009 as Global Controller. Over the past nine years, he has been instrumental in establishing the Company’s current financial infrastructure and reporting procedures as well as being responsible for managing the Company’s budget process. He has led the global accounting unit and has undertaken the management of Amiad’s financial teams across the Company’s subsidiaries. Most recently, in addition to his role as Global Controller, Mr. Afriat served as the Company’s global treasurer and finance manager for the EMEA region.
Prior to joining Amiad, Mr. Afriat was a senior manager in the audit division at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a BA degree in Economics and Accounting from Ben-Gurion University and an MBA in Business & Finance from the College of Management Academic Studies.
Last update: 22/05/2019