Professor Chezy Ofir
Professor Chezy Ofir was appointed as a director of Micronet in September 2012. Professor Ofir has over 20 years of experience in business consulting and corporate management.
During this period, Professor Ofir has served as a chairman and member of the boards of directors of a large number of companies in various sectors. Professor Ofir has been a director and Chairman of the Financial Reporting Committee of Makhteshim Agam, a leading manufacturer and distributor of crop protection products, has served as a director and member of all board committees of I.T.L. Optronics Ltd., a company which develops and markets advanced systems and solutions for the defense, warfare and security industries, and as a member of the board of directors, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of all board committees of Shufersal, is the largest food and non-food retail chain in Israel.
He served as a member of the Executive Export Trade and Marketing Committee of the Industry and Trade Ministry where he evaluated company programs and formulated and recommended funding to the committee.
Professor Ofir has been a faculty member at the Hebrew University for more than 20 years. Professor Ofir founded an Executive MBA program for CEOs, which is the first and only program of its kind in Israel. Additionally, Professor Ofir has been the Chairman of the Marketing Department at the Hebrew University Business School since 1988.
Professor Ofir has been invited as a lecturer or research partner to many top universities, including Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, New York University and Georgetown University. Professor Ofir’s publications have been covered in media and leading international business magazines and papers, including The Financial Times, MIT Sloan Management Review and Stanford Business.
The board of directors believes that Professor Ofir’s extensive experience in consulting companies on strategic processes, international business development, business and marketing strategy, establishing control systems, products and new product strategies and pricing strategy will enable him to provide effective oversight as a member of our board of directors. Professor Ofir holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Engineering and doctorate and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Columbia University.
Jeffrey P. Bialos
Mr. Bialos has broad ranging domestic and international legal experience spanning 22 years in private practice in Washington, D.C. with two large national law firms (currently, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP and, previously, Weil, Gotshal & Manges).
He has represented a wide range of domestic and foreign firms (including large multinational corporations and leading defense and aerospace firms), foreign governments, development institutions such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation, private equity funds, public-private partnerships and other entities, in a diverse range of corporate and commercial, adjudicatory, regulatory, policy and interdisciplinary matters.
He has considerable experience in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The board of directors believes that his broad and intimate familiarity with the aerospace, defense, information technology, space and homeland security industries and the depth and breadth of his professional experience as a practicing lawyer will enable him to provide effective oversight as a member of our board of directors. Mr. Bialos holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, a MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an AB from Cornell University.
Mr. Berman has extensive experience in the finance, banking, and real estate industries. Since 2002, Mr. Berman has been advising corporate clients and high net worth individuals in the entry and financing of credit and real estate related transactions as President of JB Advisors, Inc.
His past experience includes acting as President of Thor Funding, LLC, an arm of Thor Equities, from 2004 to 2005, where Mr. Berman was responsible for business development and investor relations. Prior to his role with Thor Funding, LLC, and most notably, Mr. Berman founded and presided at Commercial Bank of New York, a bank which he grew from 12 employees and $15 million in capital to a NASDAQ listed company with 14 branches in Manhattan alone, 350 employees and $2.3 billion in total client assets. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Berman also served as President of GoldCrest Funding, a financial services firm that specializes in trade financing, factoring and asset-based lending.
The board of directors believes that his significant experience in the finance and banking industry and his dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship will enable him to provide effective oversight as a member of our board of directors. Mr. Berman holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics and Accounting from Queens College.
Mr. Balin is the CEO and founder of WinBuyer. WinBuyer, which he founded in 2004, develops products for e-retailers. Mr. Balin has devoted much of his career to managing marketing-related ventures. Prior to establishing Conversion Methods and WinBuyer, he founded Balin, Adatto & Cohen, a leading healthcare consulting and advertising firm in Israel.
He also managed a family-owned food distribution company, and served as general manager of the Rina Shinfeld Ballet Theatre, where he still serves as a director today. In 2011, WinBuyer was awarded the “Best Product at eCommerce Expo” for its product Winbuyer 2.0.
The board of directors believes that his experience as a business executive and in marketing will enable him to provide effective oversight as a member of our board of directors.