Board of Directors
Kenneth Levy, Chairman of the Board
Kenneth Levy is Chairman Emeritus of KLA-Tencor (NasdaqGS: KLAC) Corporation. Ken has been associated with the semiconductor capital-equipment industry for more than 30 years. After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and spending six years in the aerospace simulation field, Levy joined the startup team at Computervision Corporation. He was responsible for Computervision's entry into the semiconductor capital equipment industry through their Cobilt Division. Levy founded KLA Instruments Corporation in 1976. Under his leadership, KLA came to dominate new market areas in the semiconductor manufacturing instrumentation field innovating technologies in areas such as photomask and reticle inspection, wafer defect inspection, wafer metrology, and yield management software. KLA Instruments and Tencor Instruments merged in 1997. Presently, KLA-Tencor is a multi-billion dollar company that is the world leader in process control solution for the semiconductor manufacturing and related industries. In addition to his duties at KLA-Tencor, Mr. Levy serves as a director emeritus on the board of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute (SEMI), and as a board member of Juniper Networks, Extreme Networks and Ultratech Stepper, Inc. He also serves on the boards of several privately-held companies and acts as advisor to two venture capital partnerships. In recognition of his many contributions to the industry, Mr. Levy has received numerous awards, including the 'SEMMY' Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute award in the area of wafer fabrication, the SEMI Lifetime Achievement award, the Harvard Business School Association 'Entrepreneur of the Year' award, and elected membership in the National Academy of Engineering, 'for the development and commercialization of automated inspection systems for the semiconductor industry.'
Aaron Mankovski's tenure in venture capital started in 1996. He co-founded Eucalyptus Ventures, and has served as Managing Director since that time. Aaron has 16 years of experience in Executive Management (CEO, Sales and Marketing) in the high-technology sector. Prior to founding Eucalyptus, he served as Corporate Vice President of Orbotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: ORBK), responsible for worldwide operations, sales and customer support (approximately 500 people on four different continents). Mr. Mankovski holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Statistics from Tel Aviv University. A part from serving on the Board of OptimalTest, Mr. Mankovski served on the Board of Director of Chromatis Networks (sold to Lucent for $4.75 billion).
Adi Gan joined Evergreen in 1997 and focuses on Evergreen's investments in optical communications and communications infrastructure companies. He has more than 15 years of experience in evaluating advanced technologies. Prior to joining Evergreen, Adi joined Tescom (TASE: TSCM), a leading software services company, as VP and business unit manager for its Real-Time Systems Division. Adi holds a B.Sc. in physics from the Technion and an M.Sc, Magna Cum Laude, in non-linear optics from Tel-Aviv University.
Dan Glotter is a proponent of adaptive and optimal testing and has implemented those concepts as the creative vision behind OptimalTest. Before founding OptimalTest in early 2005, Dan held various managerial positions at Intel from 1994 to 2004. Prior to his work with Intel (NasdaqGS: NICE) , he was finance manager for a large construction company, managing a budget of several hundred million dollars. One of Dan’s major accomplishments while at Intel was establishing Intel’s Fab 18, a semiconductor manufacturing facility. Dan’s career includes significant leadership positions in semiconductor manufacturing and test operations; invention of patents, and numerous awards, among them leading his team to win the highly-prized Intel Achievement Award and, at Fab 18, the Intel Quality Award. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the Technion and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Information Technology from Bar-Ilan University, Dan brings his corporate experience and semiconductor test expertise to OptimalTest.
Mr. Ori Bendori is a veteran senior executive in the Israeli high-tech industry with over 18 years of management leadership in the Communications and Semiconductors space. Mr. Bendori joined Carmel Ventures in October of 2004 and serves as a board member at Imagine Communications, LiveU, C2 Microsystems and Multiphy. He previously served on the boards of CopperGate (acquired by Sigma Designs), Axerra Networks (acquired by DragonWave) and DesignArt (Acquired by Qualcomm).
Previously, Mr. Bendori was the VP and GM of the LAN Systems Group at Lucent, Lannet Data Communication. He served in various R&D management positions as well as technical and management positions in the Israeli Aircraft industries.
Mr. Bendori holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.
Kalman Kaufman is Chairman of the Board of Sulfurcell Solartechnik GmbH, a German developer and manufacturer of thin-film solar modules. He is also Chairman of the Board of Jordan Valley Semiconductors and a Board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of TowerJazz, the result of the recent merger between Tower Semiconductor and Jazz Semiconductor. He is also a member and active participant of several other boards. Formerly, Kaufman was a corporate vice president of Applied Materials, as well as founder and president of KLA Instruments Israel and general manager of Kulicke and Soffa Israel.
Yoav Z. Chelouche
Mr. Yoav Chelouche is a managing partner at Aviv Venture Capital for twenty years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of six of Aviv's portfolio companies including DeepBreeze, MGVS, Fricso, Briefcalm, Jettable and OptimalTest. Mr. Chelouche was formerly an investor at the founding stages of several technology start-ups - Mercury (NASDAQ: MERQ), Radvision (NASDAQ: RVSN), Wizcom Technologies (GER: WZM), Rosetta Genomics (NASDAQ: ROSG).
Prior to Aviv, Mr. Chlouche served as President and CEO of Scitex Corporation (NASDAQ: SCIX), a world leader in digital imaging and printing systems with $700M in revenues and 4000 employees. Mr. Chelouche holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He graduated in 1979 and was the winner of the Henry Ford Prize for first in class. He also holds a BA in Economics and Statistics from Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Mr. Chlouche is a chairman of "Ta'asiyeda", a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Manufacturers Association of Israel. This organization promotes leadership and team skill in school children, while proving them with a feeling for industry and technology. In January of 2010, Mr. Chelouche was nominated by INSEAD as one of "50 alumni who changed the world".
Mr. Haim Shani recently retired from his position as Director General of Israel's Ministry of Finance, the highest non-political economic post in the government. He led key business related legislation and committees for two and a half years. Mr Shani has been in the High Tech industry for 28 years. He has lived and managed businesses in Israel, the US, Asia and Europe at IBM, Scitex, Orbotech and Applied Materials. Mr. Shani was the CEO of NICE (NASDAQ: NICE) for eight years. He grew the company's revenue to over $600M (a factor of 6X) through operational changes and strategic diversification. The company's market cap grew from $100M to $2.5B during his tenure. He also managed and grew global businesses in Enterprise Software, Telecom, Semiconductor, HLS and the Printing industries.
Mr. Shani is presently the Chairman of the UK-Israel High Tech Hub sponsored by the UK government and the private sector with the objective to increase cooperation between the UK and Israel technical communities and economies.
Mr. Shani has a BSc in Industrial and Management Engineering from Tchnion, as well as an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. In 2008, Mr. Shani was selected as D&B top 10 CEOs in the country. In 2006 he was selected as Top High Tech CEO in the large corporations category my the MIL.