Management

Ran Maidan
Ran Maidan - CEO

Ran joined Netafim as CEO following 15 years of senior managerial experience in areas such as finance, operations, M&As, marketing and sales. Prior to joining Netafim in 2014, Ran was CEO of Asia-Pacific, Africa & Middle East at Makhteshim Agan Industries (now Adama Agricultural Solutions), a leading global manufacturer and distributor of crop-protection solutions. In this capacity, he developed business opportunities and new markets, established long-term infrastructure, and generated significant top-line growth and improved margins. Before that, Ran served as CFO of the Makhteshim Agan group from 2006-2010.

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Prior to joining Makhteshim Agan, Ran held a number of senior managerial positions at Koor Industries, including SVP and CFO, Vice President in charge of Mergers, Acquisition and Taxation, and Corporate Controller. He also served as CFO of the Elisra Defense Group and as Audit Manager at KPMG Somekh Chaikin. Ran holds a BA in Accounting and Economics and an MBA specializing in Finance from Bar-Ilan University, and is a CPA in Israel.

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Avi Schweitzer
Avi Schweitzer - Chief Technology Officer

Avi Schweitzer joined Netafim in 1972, and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer. Throughout his extensive career at Netafim, Avi has held several managerial positions including VP Product Offerings, VP R&D, and Head of Research. Avi is an engineer specializing in manufacturing technologies, and is a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers).

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Avi holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and an MSc in Electrical Engineering and BSc in Chemistry from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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Eli Ben Simon
Eli Ben Simon - VP Business Development

Eli Ben Simon is a member of Kibbutz Hazerim and has been working for Netafim since 1983, bringing with him extensive experience in the leadership of large-scale projects with complex funding structures. Between 2004 and 2007 Eli was the Managing Director of Netafim Mexico and since then has served as head of Latin America RBU.

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Eli is the chairman of Kibbutz Hatzerim's economic administration and recently assumed responsibility for the company's projects and greenhouses units. He is a graduate of the Ben Gurion University School of Management in Beer Sheba, Israel, majoring in International Trade and Human Resources.

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Gabriel Miodownik
Gabriel Miodownik - VP Head of the Americas

As head of the Americas, Gaby is responsible for Netafim's sales and marketing activity in North and South America. Since joining Netafim in 2003, Gaby has served in several positions including CFO of the Americas and Managing Director of the South American region. Most recently, Gaby served as Managing Director of the Mexico and Central America region.

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Gaby is a CPA, and holds a BA in Accounting and Economics and an MBA specializing in Finance from Tel Aviv University.

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Guy Sagie
Guy Sagie - VP Global Operations

 As VP Global Operations, Guy is responsible for Netafim’s worldwide manufacturing and operations activities. Prior to joining Netafim, Guy served as Director, Integrated Supply Chain & Logistics at Honeywell Safety Products, a business unit of Honeywell International, a leading technology company based in the US.

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 In that capacity, he oversaw operations in the Americas region. Before joining Honeywell, Guy served as Director of Operations, Combustion Controls Group at United Technologies (UTC), a global conglomerate based in the US, prior to which he participated in UTC's two-year corporate operations leadership program.

Guy holds both an MS in Manufacturing Engineering and an MBA from Boston University, and a BS in Industrial Engineering & Management from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

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Jon White
Jon White - VP Head of EMEA

As VP Head of EMEA, Jon is responsible for a range of business activities in the region, including promoting Netafim’s offerings, penetrating new markets, achieving profitability targets, and driving the leadership team.

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He is passionate about Netafims’ quest for mass adoption of drip and helping EMEA structure itself to take on this very noble challenge. Since joining Netafim in 2000, Jon has served as Director of Materials, VP of Netafim USA, and most recently, Managing Director of Netafim France. Before joining Netafim, Jon worked for 10 years at Pirelli Tyre and Cables, where he served in a number of production and materials management roles in the UK and as Materials and Planning Manager in the US. Prior to that, he was a mining/mechanical engineer in Britain’s mining industry.

Jon has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds in England.

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Lauri Hanover
Lauri Hanover - Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Lauri is responsible for all of the company’s financial and economic activities. Prior to joining Netafim in 2013, Lauri served as Executive VP and CFO of the Tnuva Group, CEO of the GKH law firm, Senior VP and CFO of Lumenis, Corporate VP and CFO of Nice Systems, and Executive VP and CFO of Sapiens.

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Before that, Lauri was Corporate Controller and Director Corporate Budgeting and Financial Analysis at Scitex, and Senior Financial Analyst at Philip Morris.

Lauri is also Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of SodaStream, and former Director and Chairman of the Audit Committees of Ellomay Capital and of Nova Measuring Instruments.

Lauri holds an MBA from New York University, a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Ran Tal
Ran Tal - VP General Counsel

Mr. Tal has been General Counsel of Netafim since June 2007. He holds an LLB from the University of Haifa and an LLM from Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Mr. Tal was previously a partner at Herzog, Fox & Neeman and a Foreign Associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.

Shuli Sharabani Ishai
Shuli Sharabani Ishai - Chief Resources Officer

Shuli Sharabani Ishai is Chief Resources Officer at Netafim, following a 15 year career at NICE Systems Inc., a leading provider of communication technologies solutions. Prior to joining Netafim, Shuli served as Corporate VP Global Services at NICE where she was responsible for the Professional Services, Support, Education and Value Added Services. Previously, she was positioned as Corporate VP Human Resources, responsible for the company's global HR activities.

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This role included global performance appraisals, employees surveys, compensation & benefits, managers development plans, team development plans, development plans for outstanding employees, internal communications, as well as a wide range of business support functions.  Shuli has a BA in Art History and an MA in Organizational Behavior Studies from Tel Aviv University.

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Stephan Titze
Stephan Titze - VP of Asia Pacific

As VP of Asia Pacific, Stephan is responsible for Netafim’s BUs and GBUs in the region. Prior to joining Netafim, Stephan served as Syngenta’s Territory Head for North East Asia, where he managed its seed and crop protection business in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Before that, he was Syngenta’s General Manager China and Indonesia. Stephan also held managerial positions at ICI Australia and at Zeneca Agrochemicals in Australia and Europe.

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Stephan served several years as a board member of Swisscham China and as Vice President for the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in China. In 2011, he was named China’s Swiss CEO/Entrepreneur of the Year. He also served for five years as Chairman of Crop Life China, the Association of International Crop Protection and Seed companies in China.

Stephan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Rural Management, specializing in Agriculture Marketing, from the University of Queensland in Australia.
 

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Yoav Zeif
Yoav Zeif - Chief Commercial Officer

As Chief Commercial Officer, Yoav leads Netafim’s commercial division, which is responsible for the Company's commercial strategy, product and business offering, marketing activities, and sales support. Prior to joining Netafim in 2012, Yoav served in a number of positions at Makhteshim Agan Industries (MAI), including Senior Vice President, head of Product and Marketing, and head of Product Development and Registration.

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Before joining MAI, Yoav was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in agrochemicals, telecom and banking. During that period, he was also a fellow of the McKinsey Global Institute in San Francisco. At the outset of his professional career, Yoav was founder and CEO of an e-Learning startup.

Yoav also was a lecturer at the Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration at Tel Aviv University, where he taught an advanced course on international business, and a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Bar-Ilan University. Yoav holds a PhD in International Economics from Bar-Ilan University and an MBA specializing in High Technology Management from the Kellogg-Recanati School of Management at Northwestern and Tel Aviv universities.

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