Mr. Netzer was appointed by the Board of Directors as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2009, having previously served as an external director on the Board. Between 2000 and 2007, he was managing director of Palram Industries Ltd., a public company traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and from 1998 to 2000, was managing director of SMS, a private company producing plastic products for world markets. Prior to this he was president of Suntuf, Inc. (1993-1997), a U.S. based company that established the Palram Paltough marketing and distribution networks in North and South America. Mr. Netzer holds a BSc in industry and administrative engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and an MS degree in public policy from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Moshe has been our Chief Financial Officer since July 2006, and from the start of 2012 has also been acting as our Senior Executive VP. Prior to this position he served as our Vice President of Finance, a position he held since March 2005. He served from 2001 to 2005 as the Chief Financial Officer of Comsec Ltd., an Israeli public company that is listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and worked as a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young Israel from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Moshe holds a BA in accounting and management from the College of Management in Tel-Aviv, he is a certified public accountant in Israel, and holds an MA in law from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan.
Mr. Katzman joined Shamir in 1981 as an engineer and became Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of R&D in 1985. An internationally recognized expert in optical research and development, he has been head of the research and development teams ever since. Mr. Katzman holds a BSc in mechanical engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.
Mr. Avishai has been Vice President of Sales since 2009 and served as Vice President of Marketing from 2003 to 2009. Prior to joining Shamir in 1997, he served as financial manager of Kibbutz Shamir, a post which he held for three years. He is a director at Shalag Industries Ltd. and a member of the management board of Kibbutz Shamir. Mr. Avishai holds a BA in management and economics from the Ruppin Academic Center.
Mr. Michael joined Shamir in November 2009 as Vice President of Marketing and General Manager of Shamir, Europe. He previously served as Vice President of Marketing at Palram Industry Ltd. from 2001 to 2006, and prior to that as its Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Michael holds a BA in economics and psychology and an MBA from the University of Haifa.
Mr. Hagai was appointed Vice President of Operations in September 2010. He began his career with Shamir as an engineer in Shamir Eyal Ltd. in April 2003 and served in several positions in that subsidiary until his last position there as Plant Manager. Mr. Hagai holds a BSc in polymers engineering from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Ramat-Gan.
Mr. van der Veen joined Shamir in 1992 and has served as Vice President of Business Development since September 2009. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Shamir Insight. Mr. van der Veen holds a BA from Maryland University.
Mr. Shmuel joined Shamir in 2002 and has served as Chief Information Officer since 2008. Mr. Shmuel holds a BSc in information systems engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and an MBA from the Netanya Academic College.
Mr. Naftalovich has been Chief Executive Officer of Shamir Insight since 2005. Prior to this he worked with Shamir, Shamir Insight, and Shamir Eyal, in various positions including Marketing Vice President ( Shamir Insight, 1997-2005), Product Manager, Marketing Director, and International Regional Export Manager for both Shamir and Shamir Eyal (1994-1997). Mr. Naftalovich holds a BA in business administration from the College of Management, Tel Aviv.
Mr. Latzer joined Shamir in 1990 as chief executive officer of Shamir USA, a position which he has held ever since. Mr. Ltazer holds a BA in political science from the University of Haifa, an MBA from Northrup University in California, and post graduate certification in international marketing from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Sisso joined Shamir in 2001 and has served as International Business Manager since 2007. This position includes responsibility for Shamir's subsidiaries in South Africa and Mexico. Previously, he served as Chairman of Business Development for Kibbutz Eyal and Chairman of Shamir Insight, USA (2001-2007). Mr. Sisso holds a BA in economics from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA from Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan.