ION Acquisition Corp 2 Ltd.
- Technology, Unicorns
Jonathan Kolber, Chairman of the Board of Directors . Since August 2020, Mr. Kolber has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of IACA. Mr. Kolber has extensive experience across the technology ecosystem in Israel and has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director of over 80 public and private companies in Israel and North America. Mr. Kolber currently divides his time between managing his family office in Canada and serving as a Partner and Senior Advisor of Viola Growth, a technology buyout and growth capital (an affiliate of the Viola Group which has over $3.0BN under management and where he served as a General Partner of Viola Growth from 2008 to 2018). Additionally, Mr. Kolber currently serves as the Chairman of the board of directors of ION Asset Management, an Israeli investment management group, Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Panaxia Labs Israel Ltd. (TASE: PNAX). He also sits on the board of Itamar Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ: ITMR) and Optimax Investments Ltd. (known as GlassesUSA.com), both of which are Viola Group portfolio companies, as well as on the board of Fiverr International Ltd. (NYSE: FVRR). Mr. Kolber is an active angel investor and has invested in numerous Israeli tech companies, including Eyeclick Ltd., Vi Labs, REAL Matters Inc. (TSX: REAL) and Moon Active Ltd. In 1998, Mr. Kolber became Chief Executive Officer of Koor Industries (NYSE: KOR), one of Israel’s largest conglomerates, leading multiple mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, including the sale of Telrad Networks’s public switching systems to Nortel Networks, the acquisition of multiple companies by ADAMA Ltd. (formerly known as Makhteshim-Agan Chemicals) and the sale of Elisra Electronic Systems to Elbit Systems. While Chief Executive Officer of Koor Industries, he also led the privatization of Tadiran Communications (and subsequent sales of its subsidiaries to numerous private equity and industry buyers) and the sale of its stake in Sheraton Moriah Israel Ltd. Prior to that, working with the Canadian Bronfman family, Mr. Kolber founded and managed Claridge Israel from 1986 to 1998. For many years, Claridge Israel was the largest foreign private equity firm in Israel, having made a series of highly successful investments in Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA), ECI Telecom Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ECI), Osem Investments Ltd. (TASE: OSEM) and Optrotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: ORBK). Mr. Kolber holds a B.A. in Near Eastern Language and Literature from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Gilad Shany, Chief Executive Officer and Director . Since August 2020, Mr. Shany has also served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of IACA. In 2018, Mr. Shany co-founded ION Crossover Partners, an Israeli-based crossover fund, where he currently serves as the Managing Partner. Prior to co-founding ION Crossover Partners, Mr. Shany served as General Partner of Magma Venture Partners. He previously served as Vice President of Baron Capital, where he gained over 10 years of experience investing in innovative growth companies in public and private markets. He led investments with various international companies, including Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), Mobileye N.V. (NYSE: MBLY) (acquired by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) $15.3BN), Mellanox Technologies (acquired by Nvidia $6.9BN), Varonis Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: VRNS), Fiverr (NYSE: FVRR), BlueVine Capital Inc. and Monday.com Ltd, among others. Prior to that Mr. Shany spent 14 years with the Israel Air Force and served as Head of Aerial Defense in the Israel Air Force from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Shany holds a B.S. in Physics, Astronomy and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University in Israel and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Avrom Gilbert, President and Chief Operating Officer . Since August 2020, Mr. Gilbert has also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of IACA. Mr. Gilbert has over 20 years of business experience as an operational leader, startup founder and equities analyst. Since November 2020, he has served as a director of GettaCar Inc. and GettaCar Ltd. In addition, Mr. Gilbert has served as a director since January 2019 and the Chief Operating Officer since October 2018 of Coin Sciences Ltd., a blockchain technology company. Prior to joining Coin Sciences Ltd., Mr. Gilbert served as the Chief Operating Officer of Similar Web from 2015 to 2018. He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Seeking Alpha from November 2008 to August 2014, where he worked with the marketing, growth, business development and technology teams to help drive the growth of the company. In addition, he previously held roles as a venture capitalist and equities analyst at investment banks, including UBS and Flemings (now J.P. Morgan). Mr. Gilbert holds a B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in England.
Anthony Reich CA(SA), Chief Financial Officer . Since August 2020, Mr. Reich has also served as Chief Financial Officer of IACA. Mr. Reich has over 30 years of finance and business development experience. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Compliance Officer of ION Asset Management, an Israeli-based fund manager for approximately 15 years. Prior to joining ION Asset Management, Mr. Reich served as an independent consultant in the telecommunications, hi-tech and software sectors from 2000 to 2006. He previously held several key finance and business development roles at Cable & Wireless in London and Israel from 1990 to 2000. Mr. Reich holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and an Honours degree in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Gabriel Seligsohn has agreed to serve on our board of directors following the pricing of this offering. Since October 2020, Mr. Seligsohn has also served as a director of IACA. Mr. Seligsohn has served as a board member of Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDWR) since May 2020, PubPlus since August 2019 and DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG) since July 2013. In addition, Mr. Seligsohn has served as a board member of Kornit Digital Ltd. (NASDAQ: KRNT), a technology company specializing in digital printing on textiles, since March 2015. Mr. Seligsohn led Kornit’s successful IPO in 2015 while serving as Kornit’s Chief Executive Officer from April 2014 until August 2018. During his tenure, Kornit grew from a successful startup with revenues of $50MM to a highly profitable company with revenues of approximately $150MM. Prior to that, Mr. Seligsohn served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. (NASDAQ: NVMI), a designer, developer and producer of optical metrology solutions, from August 2006 to August 2014. In 2010, Mr. Seligsohn was voted Chief Executive Officer of the year by the Israeli Institute of Management for hi-tech industries in the large company category. Mr. Seligsohn holds an LL.B. from the University of Reading in England. Mr. Seligsohn is well qualified to sit on our board due to his comprehensive operational and capital markets experience in the hi-tech sector. His familiarity with running a publicly traded technology company will provide us with highly valuable insights as we seek to identify an attractive business target.
Rinat Gazit has agreed to serve on our board of directors following the pricing of this offering. Since October 2020, Ms. Gazit has also served as a director of IACA. Ms. Gazit has over 20 years of experience in private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions and international capital markets. Since 2015, she has served as head of mergers and acquisitions at Ormat Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ORA). While at Ormat, Ms. Gazit gained broad international experience working with large international investment groups on large cross-border transactions in the natural resources, renewable energy, water, technology and homeland security sectors. Prior to that, Ms. Gazit served as a vice president at Poalim Capital Markets from January 2008 to February 2010. Over the past 12 years, Ms. Gazit has also served as a board member for several public and private companies including Delta Galil Industries Ltd., Excellence Investment House Ltd., Melisron Ltd., Ratio Petroleum Energy Ltd., Aeronautics Ltd. and companies affiliated with the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Development Asset Corp. Ms. Gazit holds an MSc. from the Coller School of Management — Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration at Tel Aviv University in Israel and a B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Haifa University in Israel. Ms. Gazit is well qualified to serve on our board due to her extensive operational and board experience in the technology market. Her widespread network of relationships in the Israeli technology market will significantly enhance our deal sourcing efforts.
Lior Shemesh has agreed to serve on our board of directors following the pricing of this offering. Since October 2020, Mr. Shemesh has also served as a director of IACA. Mr. Shemesh has served as Chief Financial Officer at Wix since March 2013. Since July 2012, Mr. Shemesh has served as a member of the board of directors, compensation committee and financial statements committee, as well as chairman of the audit committee of Aspen Group Ltd., a real estate company traded on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange. From December 2010 to January 2013, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Alvarion Ltd., a provider of optimized wireless broadband solutions. From October 2008 to December 2010 he served as Alvarion’s Vice President of Finance. From May 2003 to October 2008, Mr. Shemesh served as Vice President of Finance at Veraz Networks Inc., a provider of softswitch, media gateway and digital compression solutions. Prior to this, Mr. Shemesh served as Controller, and later as Associate Vice President of Finance of the Broadband division, for ECI Telecom Ltd., a network infrastructure provider. Mr. Shemesh holds a B.A. in Accounting and Economics and an MBA from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Mr. Shemesh is well qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive operational, finance and board experience in Israel. His operational knowledge will provide us with highly valuable perspectives as we seek to identify an attractive business target.