November 28, 2012

Oded Winkler, former CEO and one of the founders of Netafim, will be awarded a lifetime achievement

Oded Winkler, former CEO and one of the founders of Netafim, will be awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Kibbutz Industries Association.

Words of recognition from President Shimon Peres;  Among the conference participants: Shalom Simhon, Nathan Zussman and David Brodet.

Winkler: "Netafim started out as a revolutionary concept that the young and daring farmers of Israel agreed to develop despite the absence of scientific grounding."  Control of Netafim was sold to the Permira Fund last year according to a valuation of 3.4B NIS
Oded Winkler, former CEO of Netafim, whose majority shareholdings were sold to the Permira Fund last year according to a valuation of 3.4B NIS, will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Kibbutz Industries Association marking 50 years to the Association's foundation. Winkler is being granted the award for his activities as Chairman of the Kibbutz Industries Association, for being an entrepreneur and leader in his own kibbutz (Hatzerim) and for providing a model of longstanding accomplishments within the kibbutz industry.

Winkler (80), who was among the entrepreneurs and developers of Netafim, will receive the award at a conference held by the Association this Thursday (29 November) at the Leonardo City Tower Hotel, following words of recognition from President Shimon Peres.  Conference participants include Shalom Simhon - Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor - will speak of the challenges facing the Israeli industry, Professor Nathan Zussman - Director of Bank of Israel Research - will discuss the economic challenges of the Israeli economy in light of the global slowdown, and David Brodet - Bank Leumi Chairman - will address the kibbutz settlement from a historic perspective.

Winkler: "Netafim was one of the greatest success stories of kibbutz industries.  Netafim started out as a revolutionary concept that the young and daring farmers of Israel agreed to develop despite the absence of scientific grounding.  After four years of practice in agricultural fields and with everyone discrediting the idea with claims that dripping would lead to ground salinity - we achieved positive results that were used to establish the scientific theory of drip irrigation.
"Today, Netafim is the world's leading irrigation company, with a presence in over 110 countries and employing 3,000 employees around the world.

"I must take this opportunity to mention my friend and partner, the late Avinoam Ron (Abey Ron), who shared all of these wonderful achievements with me and I thank the Association Board for this prestigious award.  I will continue to contribute my experience and time to projects relating to the industry, agriculture and environment."
 

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