BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Yuval Cohen -Yuval Cohen has served as the Chairman of our board of directors since August 2011. Mr. Cohen is the founding and managing partner of Fortissimo Capital, a private equity fund established in 2004 and our controlling shareholder. From 1997 through 2002, Mr. Cohen was a General Partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners (“JVP”), an Israeli-based venture capital fund, where he led investments in, and served on the boards of directors of, several portfolio companies. Prior to joining JVP, he held executive positions at various Silicon Valley companies, including DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG), and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC). Currently, Mr. Cohen serves as the chairman of the board of directors of SodaStream International Ltd. (NASDAQ: SODA) and as a director of Wix.com Ltd. (NASDAQ: WIX). He also serves on the board of directors of several privately held portfolio companies of Fortissimo Capital. Mr. Cohen holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University in Israel and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in Massachusetts.
Gabi Seligsohn -Gabi Seligsohn has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2015 and led Kornit’s IPO, serving as its Chief Executive Officer from April 2014 until August 2018. From August 2006 until August 2013, Mr. Seligsohn served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd., (“Nova”) (NASDAQ: NVMI), a designer, developer and producer of optical metrology solutions for the semiconductor industry. From 1998 until 2006, Mr. Seligsohn served in several key positions in Nova, including Executive Vice President of the Global Business Management Group from August 2005 to August 2006. From August 2002 until August 2005, he served as President of Nova’s U.S. subsidiary, Nova Measuring Instruments Inc. Additionally, prior to August 2002, Mr. Seligsohn was Vice President Strategic Business Development of Nova Measuring Instruments Inc. where he established Nova’s OEM group and managed the Applied Materials and Lam Research accounts between 2000 and 2002. From 1998 until 2000, he served as Global Strategic Account Manager for Nova’s five leading customers. Mr. Seligsohn joined Nova after serving two years as Sales Manager for key financial accounts at Digital Equipment Corporation. Currently, Mr. Seligsohn serves as a director of DSP Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG). In 2010, he was voted Chief Executive Officer of the year by the Israeli Institute of Management for hi-tech industries in the large company category. He holds an LL.B. with Honors from the University of Reading in Reading, England.
Ofer Ben-Zur -Ofer Ben-Zur is a co-founder of our company and has served as our President and Chief Technology Officer since April 2014 and a director since 2002. From 2002 to April 2014, Mr. Ben-Zur served as our Chief Executive Officer, as well as the manager of our department of research and development. Prior to establishing our company, Mr. Ben Zur worked as a consultant for several companies in the inkjet and semi-conductor industries. From March 1998 until November 1999, Mr. Ben-Zur led a development team at Idanit – Scitex, a world leader in wide format printers. From 1993 to 1998, he worked as a mechanical development engineer at Applied-Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT). Mr. Ben-Zur holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Israel, an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University in Israel, and an M.B.A. from Bradford University in England.
Ronen Samuel -
Ronen Samuel has held the position of CEO at Kornit since August 2018 and joined our Board of Directors in August 2019. Mr. Samuel holds over 25 years of profound business management experience in various international and multicultural organizations.
Prior to joining Kornit, Mr. Samuel held several leadership positions at HP for 18 years. He played an instrumental role in scaling up the business and was the VP and GM of the HP Indigo and WebWide presses business across EMEA. Mr. Samuel has strong and proven experience in managing multiple P&Ls for different business units and dealing with both mature and emerging products and markets. He specializes in developing new business models and market opportunities for complex organizations with direct and indirect sales channels across various regions.
Mr. Samuel holds a BA Business Administration, LL.B. Law and an MBA from Northwestern University/Kellogg School of Management. Prior to his professional business career Ronen served as a pilot in the Israel Air Force.
Lauri Hanover -Lauri Hanover has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2015 and serves as an external director under the Companies Law. Ms. Hanover is the Chief Financial Officer of Netafim Ltd. since August 2013, the global leader in smart irrigation systems. From 2009 to 2013, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of the Tnuva Group, Israel’s largest food manufacturer. From 2008 to 2009, Ms. Hanover served as Chief Executive Officer of Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halvey and Greenberg & Co., an Israeli law firm. From 2004 to 2007, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Lumenis Ltd. (NASDAQ: LMNS), a medical laser device company. From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Hanover served as the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Vice President of NICE Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE), an interaction analytics company, and from 1997 to 2000, as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS), a provider of software solutions for the insurance industry. From 1981 to 2007, she served in a variety of financial management positions, including Corporate Controller and Director of Corporate Budgeting and Financial Analysis at Scitex Corporation Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of inkjet printers, and Senior Financial Analyst at Philip Morris Inc. (Altria), a leading consumer goods manufacturer. Currently, Ms. Hanover serves as a director and chairman of the audit and compensation committees of SodaStream International Ltd (NASDAQ: SODA). Ms. Hanover holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania, as well as an M.B.A. from New York University in New York.
Stephen Nigro -
Stephen Nigro joined Kornit as a strategic advisor to the Company and a member of our Board of Directors in April 2019. He is an industry veteran with four decades of professional experience. Prior to joining Kornit, Mr. Nigro held leadership roles at HP, working in a variety of capacities, including as President of 3D Printing. In this role, Mr. Nigro was responsible for overseeing the global build-out and execution of that business segment.
Prior to that, Mr. Nigro served as Senior VP of Imaging and Printing, leading all of HP’s printing businesses, including HP Inkjet, HP LaserJet and HP Graphics. Other senior leadership positions at HP that were held in the past by Mr. Nigro, include Senior VP of Inkjet and Graphics business, Senior VP of Retail and Web Solutions, Senior VP of Graphics and Imaging, and Senior VP of Technology Platforms. Most notably, Mr. Nigro led the creation of the graphics arts business, 3D business, and expansion of HP’s global inkjet business.
Mr. Nigro holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara.
Alon Lumbroso -
Alon Lumbroso has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2015. Since June 2015, Mr. Lumbroso is Chief Executive Officer of Dip-Tech Digital Printing Technologies Ltd. Mr. Lumbroso is also the founder and partner of WebUP, an internet enterprise established in 2014 that acquires and manages internet sites. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Lumbroso served as President of Mul-T-Lock Ltd., a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY, a global supplier of locks and security solutions, as well as Market Region Manager of ASSA ABLOY. From 2005 to 2011, he served as Chief Executive Officer and director of Larotec Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of web-based end-to-end solutions. In addition, from 2004 to 2012, Mr. Lumbroso served as Chairman of BioExplorers Ltd., a developer of homeland security systems for the detection of explosives. From 2003 to 2004, he served as Chief Executive Officer of MindGuard, a developer and producer of medical devices. From 2000 to 2003, he served as Managing Director of Creo Europe (now CreoEMEA and formerly CreoScitex), a manufacturer and supplier of digital presses and printers. In addition, from 1998 to 2000, Mr. Lumbroso served as Managing Directors of Scitex and CreoScitex Asia Pacific, Hong Kong. Currently, he serves as a partner and director of iCar 2007 Ltd. Mr. Lumbroso holds a B.Sc in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University in Israel and an M.B.A. from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
Dov Ofer -Dov Ofer has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2015. From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Ofer served as Chief Executive Officer of Lumenis Ltd. (NASDAQ: LMNS), a medical laser device company. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of HP Scitex (formerly a subsidiary of Scailex Corporation Ltd. (TASE: SCIX)), a producer of large format printing equipment. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Ofer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Scitex Vision Ltd. Prior to joining Scitex, Mr. Ofer held various managerial positions in the emerging Israeli high tech sector and participated in different mergers and acquisitions within the industry. Currently, Mr. Ofer serves as chairman of Hanita Coatings RCA Ltd., chairman of Plastopil Hazorea Company Ltd. (TASE: PPIL), vice chairman of Scodix Ltd. and director of Orbix Medical Ltd. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University in Israel as well as an M.B.A. from the University of California Berkeley in California.
Shuki Nir -Shuki Nir has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2018 and serves as an external director under the Companies Law. Mr. Nir served as Senior Vice President, General Manager, Retail of Sandisk Corp. (NASDAQ: SNDK) from March 2008 until its acquisition by Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) in May 2016. From December 2012 until May 2016 Mr. Nir also led SanDisk’s Corporate Marketing. Mr. Nir held various other sales and marketing roles as a Vice President at SanDisk from November 2006 through March 2008. Mr. Nir also served in various sales and marketing roles as a Vice President at msystems Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLSH) from February 2003 until November 2006, when it was acquired by Sandisk. Prior to that, Mr. Nir held sales and marketing positions at Destinator Ltd. and also co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of MindEcho, Inc. Currently, Mr. Nir serves as a director of EarlySense Ltd., a company that provides contact-free, continuous monitoring solutions for the medical and consumer digital health markets. Mr. Nir has a B.A. in Law and Accounting and an M.B.A., both from Tel Aviv University.