ION Acquisition Corp 3 Ltd.
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Jonathan Kolber, Chairman of the Board of Directors . Since December 2020, Mr. Kolber has served as Chairman of the board of directors of IACB and, since August 2020, he 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, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director . Since December 2020, Mr. Shany has served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of IACB and, since August 2020, he 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, Co-Chief Executive Officer and President . Since December 2020, Mr. Gilbert has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of IACB and, since August 2020, he 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 December 2020, Mr. Reich has served as Chief Financial Officer of IACB and, 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.
Ofer Katz has agreed to serve on our board of directors following the pricing of this offering. Mr. Katz has served as President of Fiverr International Ltd. (NYSE:FVRR) since February 2021, as its Chief Financial Officer since July 2017 and served as its Chief Financial Officer under a consulting contract from February 2011 until June 2017. Prior to joining Fiverr, Mr. Katz founded Nextage Ltd., a financial services firm, in 2001 where he was the Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2016 and currently is the Co-Chief Executive Officer. As Chief Executive Officer of Nextage, Mr. Katz was acting chief financial officer to several companies including Wix.com Ltd. (NASDAQ: WIX), Adallom Technologies Ltd. (acquired by Microsoft Corporation), Wilocity (acquired by Qualcomm Incorporated) and Onavo (acquired by Facebook, Inc.). Mr. Katz holds a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Tzipi Ozer-Armon has agreed to serve on our board of directors following the pricing of this offering. Ms. Ozer-Armon has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Lumenis since joining the company in May 2012. During her tenure, Ms. Ozer-Armon managed Lumenis through a comprehensive growth and profitability turnaround, as well as an IPO on the NASDAQ in 2014. Ms. Ozer-Armon led two sales processes for Lumenis to private equity firms at a $550 million valuation in 2016 and over $1 billion valuation in 2020. Prior to joining Lumenis, Ms. Ozer-Armon headed the Japanese market activities of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA), a business with a turnover of more than $800 million. Prior to that, Ms. Ozer-Armon served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at SanDisk (Nasdaq: SNDK). She also served as VP and General Manager of MSystems (Nasdaq: FLSH), and as VP of Corporate Development at Comverse (Nasdaq: CMVT). Ms. Ozer-Armon’s previously worked for four years at ATKearney, a Global Management Consulting company based in London, UK. Ms. Ozer-Armon is a director at Itamar Medical Ltd., Strauss Group Ltd., ICL Ltd., Rambam MedTech, Israel’s National Technological Innovation Authority’s Commission and Tel-Aviv University. Ms. Ozer-Armon holds a B.A. in economics and an MBA majoring in finance and marketing, both from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.