Board of Directors
Avinoam Naor has served as a director since November 2009 and as our Chairman of the Board since March 2011. Mr. Naor was a member of the team that founded Amdocs Limited in 1982. At Amdocs, Mr. Naor held the position of Senior Vice President until 1995, when he was appointed President and CEO and held that position until July 2002. In 1998, he led the initial public offering of Amdocs and listing on the New York Stock Exchange and subsequently headed major acquisitions and secondary offerings. Mr. Naor currently serves as a director of a number of private companies and philanthropic bodies. Mr. Naor is closely involved in several community projects, particularly the battle against road accidents and supporting children and youth at risk. Mr. Naor is founder and current chairman of the Or Yarok Association, an association established in 1997 that leads the public agenda in Israel in all that concerns road safety. In 2002 Mr. Naor established the Oran Foundation for Supporting Youth at Risk. Mr. Naor and a group of private foundations and philanthropic individuals in Israel and abroad established the Shahaf Foundation, which is a Social Investment Fund supporting existing Shahaf communities (social action groups formed in the geo-social periphery) as well as helping the establishment of new Shahaf communities. Since 2008, he has served as a member of the board of directors of the Israel Democracy Institute. Since 2004, Mr. Naor has also served as a member of the board of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Mr. Naor holds a B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology.
Eli Gelman has served as a director since November 2009 and served as our Chairman of the Board from January 2010 through February 2011. Mr. Gelman has served as Chief Executive Officer of Amdocs, since November 12, 2010 and as a director of Amdocs since 2002. He served as Executive Vice President of Amdocs from 2002 until 2007 and as Amdocs’ Chief Operating Officer from October 2006 until April 2008. Prior to October 2002, he was a Senior Vice President of Amdocs, heading U.S. sales and marketing operations and helped spearhead Amdocs’ entry into the customer care and billing systems market. Before that, Mr. Gelman was an account manager for Amdocs’ major European and North American installations, and has led several major software development projects. Mr. Gelman has more than 28 years of experience in the software industry, including more than 20 years with Amdocs. Before joining Amdocs, Mr. Gelman was involved in the development of real-time software systems for communications networks. Mr. Gelman holds a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering with specialization in Communication and Computers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
Boaz Dotan has served as a director since November 2009. Mr. Dotan was a member of the team that founded Amdocs Limited in 1982. At Amdocs he held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer until 1995, at which time he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors, and served in that capacity until September 1997. Mr. Dotan has been involved in software systems for over 30 years. Prior to joining Amdocs he worked for Bezeq, the Israel Telecommunication Corp. Ltd., as Manager of the Information Systems Division. Mr. Dotan holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics from Tel Aviv University.
Nehemia Lemelbaum has served as a director since November 2009. Mr. Lemelbaum has been a director of Amdocs since December 2001 and a manager of investments of EHYN Holdings Ltd., a co-owned company. From 1985 until January 2005, he was a Senior Vice President of Amdocs Management Limited. Mr. Lemelbaum joined Amdocs in 1985, with initial responsibility for U.S. operations. Mr. Lemelbaum led Amdocs’ development of graphic products for the yellow pages industry and later led Amdocs’ development of customer care and billing systems, as well as Amdocs’ penetration into that market. Prior to joining Amdocs, he served for nine years with Contahal Ltd., a leading Israeli software company, first as a senior consultant, and later as Managing Director. From 1967 to 1976, Mr. Lemelbaum was employed by the Ministry of Communications of Israel (the organization that predated Bezeq, the Israel Telecommunication Corp. Ltd.), with responsibility for computer technology in the area of business data processing. Mr. Lemelbaum currently invests in various Israeli and international companies and is the co-founder and benefactor of the Ella Institute for the treatment of melanoma in the Sheba Hospital in Israel. Mr. Lemelbaum holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ishay Davidi has served as a director since March 2008 and served as our Chairman of the Board from August 2008 until January 2010. Mr. Davidi is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of each of FIMI IV 2007 Ltd., FIMI Opportunity 2005 Ltd, FIMI 2001 Ltd and First Israel Mezzanine Investors Ltd., the managing general partners of the partnerships constituting the FIMI Private Equity Funds. Mr. Davidi also serves as a director at Scope Metals Group Ltd. (traded on the TASE), Inrom Industries Ltd., Orian S.M. Ltd. (traded on the TASE), Ophir Optronics Ltd. (traded on the TASE), Merhav-Ceramic and Building Materials Center Ltd. (traded on the TASE). Previously he was director at Tefron Ltd. and MDT Micro Diamond Technologies Ltd. Mr. Davidi holds a B.Sc. in Industrial and Management Engineering from Tel Aviv University and an M.B.A. from Bar Ilan University.
Gillon Beck has served as a director since March 2008. Mr. Beck has been a Senior Partner and director at FIMI Opportunity Funds since 2003. He also serves as a Chairman of Inrom Industries Ltd. and Givon H.R. Ltd, and as a director in Ytong Industries Ltd, Nirlat Paints Ltd, Metro Motor Marketing Ltd, Orian S.M. Ltd. (traded on the TASE), Bagir Group Ltd., and Merhave-Ceramic and Building Materials Center Ltd (traded on the TASE). Previously he was director at TAT Technologies Ltd. (traded on Nasdaq), MDT Micro Diamond Technologies Ltd. and TANA Industries and Chairman of Medtechnica Ltd (traded on the TASE) and other portfolio companies of the FIMI Private Equity Funds. Mr. Beck holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA in Finance from Bar Ilan University.
David Kostman has served as a director since November 2009. Mr. Kostman serves as a director of NICE-Systems Ltd. (since July 2008, as well as from 2001 until 2007), as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nanoosh LLC, a restaurant operating company, and as a director of The Selling Source, LLC. From 2006 until 2008, Mr. Kostman served as a Managing Director in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers, heading the Global Internet Group. From April 2003 until July 2006, Mr. Kostman served as Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of Delta Galil USA, a subsidiary of Delta Galil Industries Ltd., a Nasdaq-listed apparel manufacturer, and from 2000 until 2002, he served as President of the International Division and Chief Operating Officer of VerticalNet, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed internet and software company. From 1994 until 2000, Mr. Kostman worked in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers, and from 1992 to 1994, he worked in the investment banking division of NM Rothschild & Sons. Mr. Kostman holds an L.L.B. from Tel Aviv University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.
Robert A. Minicucci
Robert A. Minicucci has served as a director since November 2009. Mr. Minicucci has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amdocs since October 2011 and a director since September 1997. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Alliance Data Systems. Since 1993, Mr. Minicucci has served as a General Partner of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a New York-based private equity firm. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Minicucci served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the First Data Corporation. From 1990 to 1991, he served as Treasurer and Senior Vice President of The American Express Company. From 1979 to 1990, Mr. Minicucci worked at Lehman Brothers as an associate in the Investment Banking Department working in Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions, and in 1988 he became a Managing Director and had clients that included American Express, Automatic Data Processing, First Data Corporation and Polaroid. Mr. Minicucci holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Itschak Shrem has served as a director since January 2008. Mr. Shrem is the founder of S.R. Accord (formerly Shrem Fudim Group), a banking house publicly traded on the TASE, where he served as Chairman until June 2010 and were he has served as a managing director since June 2010. Since October 2010, Mr. Shrem has served as a director of Eden Spring Ltd. Previously, he also served as the Chairman of Leader Holdings and Investments Ltd., Polar Communications Ltd. and various affiliated companies. In 1993, Mr. Shrem founded Polaris (now Pitango) venture capital fund. Prior to that, Mr. Shrem spent 15 years at Clal Industries and Investments Ltd. in various capacities, including Chief Operating Officer responsible for the group’s capital markets and insurance businesses. Mr. Shrem holds a B.A. in Economics from Bar-Ilan University and an M.B.A. from Tel-Aviv University.
Yael Andorn served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Amitim Senior Pension Fund from 2005 to 2011. From 2000 to 2005, Ms. Andorn served as the First Deputy Director General of the Budget Department in the Israeli Ministry of Finance. From 1996 to 2000, she served as the Head of Education and Science Division of the Budget Department in the Israeli Ministry of Finance, and from 1994 to 1996 she served as an economist in the Budget Department in the Israeli Ministry of Finance. From 1993 to 1994, Ms. Andorn served as an Analyst in the Banking Supervision Unit of the Central Bank of Israel. Ms. Andorn serves as an external director of Clal Health Insurance Company Ltd. and previously served on the board of directors of Midroog Ltd. (a rating agency affiliated with Moody's), and of the Israel National Lottery and as Head of the Investment Committee of the Teachers Savings Fund. Ms. Andorn holds a B.A. in Economics and Sociology and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and in 2004 she attended a program for local authorities and government officials at the Harvard Kennedy School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Gur Shomron has served as an external director since July 2009. Since 2004, he has served as the chairman of the board of directors at Fidelis Diagnostics Inc. Mr. Shomron also serves as a director of Z.B.I. Ltd. and several privately held companies. From July 2005 to December 2007 and from May 2008 to December 2010, he served as a director of BluePhoenix Solutions Ltd. From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Shomron served as a director of Mainsoft Corporation, and held several positions including chief executive officer (1996) and chairman of the board (1996-2001). From 2001 to 2003, he served as a venture partner at StageOne Venture Capital Fund. From 1993 to 1995, he served as the president of Foraz R&D Fund. From 1989 to 1995, he served as vice president for business development of Formula Systems Ltd. and from 1976 to 1989, he served as a director and research and development manager of Quality Computers 77 Ltd., which he co-founded.