Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Amir Elstein was appointed as Chairman of the Board in January 2009. Mr. Elstein serves as a Director of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. He also serves as Chairman of the Israel Democracy Institute and as chairman/member of the board of several non-governmental organizations in academic, scientific and educational, social and cultural institutions.
Mr. Elstein served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Israel Corporation from 2010 to 2013. He also served as a member of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries senior management team from 2005 to 2008, where he ultimately held the position of the Executive Vice President at the Office of the CEO, overseeing Global Pharmaceutical Resources. Prior thereto, he was an executive at Intel Corporation, where he worked for 23 years, eventually serving as General Manager of Intel Electronics Ltd., an Israeli subsidiary of Intel.
Mr. Elstein received his M.Sc. in the Solid State Physics Department of Applied Physics from the Hebrew University in 1982 and his B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University in 1980. In 1992, Mr. Elstein received his diploma of Senior Business Management from the Hebrew University.
Yoav Z. Chelouche
Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee
Yoav Z. Chelouche has served as a director since April 2016. Mr. Chelouche serves as Managing Partner of Aviv Ventures since Aviv’s inception in 2001. Between 1995 and 2001, Mr. Chelouche served as President & CEO of Scitex Corp. Until 2015, he served as co-chairman of Israel Advanced Technology Industries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Checkpoint Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP) and the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). He is currently a board member of Aviv’s portfolio companies: MGVS, Briefcam, ScaleMP and Optimal Test. Mr. Chelouche also previously served as Chairman of several public companies. He holds a B.A. in economics and statistics from Tel-Aviv University and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Director, Chairman of the Compensation Committee
Ilan Flato serves as a director since November 2016, after having has served as an external director since April 2009. Mr. Flato has served as President of The Association of Publicly Traded Companies on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange since January 2012. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Israeli Bar Association. From 2009 until February 2018, Mr. Flato has served as director in two Provident Funds and since February 2018, he serves as director in one Provident Fund. From 2009 until April 2018, he served as Chairman of the Business executive of Kibbutz Kfar Blum. From January 2018, Mr. Flato served as Chairman of the Business Executive Kibbutz “NAAN”. Since 2004, Mr. Flato has functioned as an independent financial advisor. Until 2004, Mr. Flato served as the VP for planning, economics and online banking in United Mizrahi Bank and as the Chief Economist of the bank. From 1992 and 1996, Mr. Flato served as the Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel. Prior to this position, Mr. Flato served in the Treasury Office as the deputy director of the budget department. In addition, Mr. Flato served as a member of the board of directors of many government owned companies.
Mr. Flato holds a Masters in Law from Bar-Ilan University, an LL.B. from Netanya College, an MSIT from Clark University and a B.A. in Economics from Tel-Aviv University.
Director, Chairman of the Nomination Committee
Kalman Kaufman has served as a director since 2005 and as Chairman of the Nomination Committee since January 2018. Mr. Kaufman served as Corporate Vice President at Applied Materials from 1994 to 2005. Between 1985 and 1994, Mr. Kaufman served as President of KLA Instruments Israel, a company he founded, and General Manager of Kulicke and Soffa Israel.
Mr. Kaufman is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Medasense and Invisia, a directpr at ATP labs and a member of the management board of the Kinneret College. He holds engineering degrees from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Iris Avner serves as a director since November 2016, after having has served as an external director since June 2016. Ms. Avner serves as Chief Executive Officer of Nika Holdings, Ltd. Between 2008 to 2015, Ms. Avner served as Managing Partner of Mustang Mezzanine Fund, L.P. and served on Mustang’s board of directors from 2014 until 2015. From 1996 until 2008, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Mizrahi Tefahot Capital Markets Ltd. and from 1996 until 2005, served as Senior Credit Officer & Deputy CEO of Mizrahi Tefahot Bank. In addition, from 1997 until 2002, she served as Assistant Professor and external lecturer in the Executive MBA Program in Tel Aviv University. From 1988 until 1996, Ms. Avner held various positions at Israeli Discount Bank including Senior Credit Officer and Senior Economist. Since March 2018, Ms. Avner serves as a member of the board of directors of Discount Bank. She previously served on several boards and board committees in Israel and abroad, both as director and chairperson. Ms. Avner holds a B.A. in accounting and economics from Hebrew University and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.
Russell C. Ellwanger has served as our Chief Executive Officer since May 2005. Mr. Ellwanger has also served as a director since September 2016, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of our subsidiaries, Tower Semiconductor USA, Inc., Tower US Holdings, Inc., Jazz US Holdings, Inc., Jazz Semiconductor, Inc., TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co., Ltd. and TowerJazz Texas, Inc. He also served as a director of the Company between May 2005 and April 2013. From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Ellwanger served in various executive positions for Applied Materials Corporation, including Group Vice President, General Manager of the Applied Global Services (AGS), from 2004 to 2005, Group Vice President, General Manager of the CMP and Electroplating Business Group, from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Ellwanger also served as Corporate Vice President, General Manager of the Metrology and Inspection Business Group, from 2000 to 2002, during which he was based in Israel. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Ellwanger served as Vice President of Applied Materials’ 300-mm Program Office, USA. Mr. Ellwanger served as General Manager of Applied Materials’ Metal CVD Division from 1997 to 1998 and from 1996 to 1997, Mr. Ellwanger served as Managing Director of CVD Business Development, during which he was based in Singapore. In addition, Mr. Ellwanger held various managerial positions in Novellus System from 1992 to 1996 and in Philips Semiconductors from 1980 to 1992.
Dana Gross has served as a director since November 2008. Mrs. Gross is currently the COO of Prospera Technologies Ltd. an AgTech Data Company. She was the CFO of eToro, a FinTech company that developed a social investment network from 2014 to 2016, and the CEO of Btendo, a start-up company that developed MEMS based PICO projection solutions, until it was acquired by ST Microelectronic in 2012. In 2008, Mrs. Gross joined Carmel Ventures, a leading Israeli Venture Capital firm as a Venture Partner. From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Gross was a Senior VP, Israel Country Manager at SanDisk Corporation. From 1992 to 2006, Ms. Gross held various senior positions at M-Systems, including Chief Marketing Officer, VP World Wide Sales, President of M-Systems Inc. (US Subsidiary) and CFO, VP Finance and Administration. In addition, she served as a director of M-Systems Ltd., Audiocodes Ltd. and PowerDsine Ltd.
Mrs. Gross holds an M.A. in business administration from San Jose State University and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Tel-Aviv University.
Rami Guzman has served as a director since February 2009. Mr. Guzman held various senior positions at Motorola Inc. and Motorola Israel Ltd. since 1985, including VP of Motorola Inc. and Director of Motorola Israel Ltd. In addition, until July 2004, Mr. Guzman was the CFO of Motorola Israel Ltd. Prior to joining Motorola, Mr. Guzman worked for the Ministry of Finance first as senior assistant and deputy to the Director of the Budget and then as Government-wide MIS and IT Commissioner. Mr. Guzman is a member of professional committees in the Israel Credit Insurance Company and the Israel Infrastructure Fund, and consultant and advisor to technology based companies. Since 2017, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tigbur. Mr. Guzman also serves since 2005 as a director in various entities, including serving as a director in Bank Leumi until October 2015.
Mr. Guzman was a Research Fellow at Stanford University and Stanford Research Institute, California, USA, and completed Ph.D. studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds an M.A. in Business and Public Administration (1969) and a B.A. in Economics (1963) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Alex Kornhauser serves as a director since November 2016, after having served as an external director since August 2008. Mr. Kornhauser served as Senior VP, GM of Global Operations at Numonyx Corporation from March 2008 to August 2010. From January 1978 to March 2008, Mr. Kornhauser held many positions at Intel Corporation from design engineer, project manager, department manager, engineering manager and general manager of certain groups, segments and plants.
Mr. Kornhauser holds a B.Sc. in Electronics from Bucharest Polytechnic Institute in Romania.
Jerry D. Neal has served as a director since July 2018. Mr. Neal has served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Akoustis Technologies, Inc. since March 2016. He founded RF Micro Devices, Inc. (“RFMD”) (now Qorvo, Inc.) in 1991 and served as its Executive Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Development from January 2002 to May 31, 2012. Mr. Neal served as Vice President of Marketing of RFMD from May 1991 to January 2000 and as its Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Strategic Development from January 2000 to January 2002. Prior to joining RFMD, he was employed for 10 years with Analog Devices, Inc., including as Marketing Engineer, Marketing Manager, and Business Development Manager. Mr. Neal also founded Moisture Control Systems for the production of his patented electronic sensor for measurement of soil moisture for research, which was later sold to Hancor, Inc. He has previously served on the board of Jazz Semiconductor, Inc. from 2002 until 2008, prior to its acquisition by Tower Semiconductor, Ltd. Mr. Neal served as a Director of RFMD from February 1992 to July 1993. He also held various positions at Hewlett-Packard. Mr. Neal received his Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Gaston Technical Institute and NCSU and his doctor of business management degree from Southern Wesleyan University.