Board of Directors
Samuel HaCohen, Founder; Chairman of the Board of Directors, ViryaNet
Samuel I. HaCohen co-founded ViryaNet in March 1988. Since March 1988, Mr. HaCohen has served as our chairman of the board of directors. From March 1988 until February 2001, Mr. HaCohen served as our chief executive officer and as the chairman of the board of directors. Before co-founding ViryaNet, Mr. HaCohen held senior systems management positions at John Bryce Systems Ltd., a software company, and the Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem.
Mr. HaCohen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has completed all course work for a Master of Science in statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Vladimir Morgenstern, ViryaNet Director; ViryaNet Co-Founder; Senior Architect, EMC Software
Vladimir Morgenstern co-founded the Company with Mr. HaCohen. He has served as one of the Company's directors since July 1999. Mr. Morgenstern currently serves as a business and technology advisor to several start-up companies. From November 1999 until October 2001, Mr. Morgenstern served as the Company's executive vice president, corporate programs. Mr. Morgenstern served as the Company's technical manager and chief technology officer from March 1988 until November 1999. Before co-founding ViryaNet, Mr. Morgenstern held senior systems management positions at John Bryce Systems Ltd. and the Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem.
Mr. Morgenstern holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Vilnius University in Lithuania and has completed all course work for a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics.
Dr. Arie Ovadia, ViryaNet Director; Israeli Accounting Board; Israeli Security Authority
Dr. Arie Ovadia advises major Israeli companies on finance, accounting and valuations, and is a member of the board of directors of several corporations, including Israel Discount Bank, Phoenix Insurance Company, Elite Industries, Israel Petrochemical Industries, and Tadiran Communications. He has taught at New York University (New York, NY), Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) and, in Israel, at Tel Aviv and Bradford Universities. Dr. Ovadia serves as a member of the Israeli Accounting Board, and is a 14-year member of the Israeli Security Authority.
Dr. Ovadia holds an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Tel Aviv University, and earned his PhD in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Nati Perry, ViryaNet Director
Nati Perry has served as a director of ViryaNet since December 2007.
Mr. Perry is the former founder and chief executive officer of Barak I.T.C., a leading ISP and telephony company based in Israel. Prior to becoming chief executive officer, Mr. Perry also served as the chief operating officer, and vice president of engineering since founding Barak I.T.C in 1997. Prior to Barak I.T.C., Mr. Perry was with the Israeli Air Force since 1984 and served as the head of several departments of the Air Force including communications, planning and logistics.
Mr. Perry received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Israel in 1981, and his Master of Science degree in Teleprocessing from USM University in the United States in 1984.
Austin Lewis IV
Austin Lewis IV currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Lewis Asset Management Corp., an investment management company headquartered in New York City which he founded in 2004. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Lewis was employed at Puglisi & Company, a New York based broker-dealer registered with FINRA, where he served as a registered representative and managed individual client accounts, conducted due diligence for investment banking activities and managed his own personal account.
In 2002, Mr. Lewis co-founded Thompson Davis, & Company, Inc., a registered broker-dealer headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Lewis was employed by Branch Cabell and Company, Inc. in Richmond, Virginia ("Branch Cabell") where he was a registered representative. Following the November 2000 acquisition of Branch Cabell by Tucker Anthony Incorporated ("Tucker Anthony"), Mr. Lewis served as a Vice-President for Tucker Anthony and subsequently RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc. which acquired Tucker Anthony in August of 2001. Mr. Lewis received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Financial Economics from James Madison University in 1998.
Dr. Andy Ben-Artzy
Dr. Andy Ben-Artzy was member of the senior management of Swiss Re, the leading reinsurance company in the world. Dr. Ben-Artzy was member of the Executive Team of the Global IT function with responsibility over Business Architecture and Strategy and Planning. Dr. Ben-Artzy had held management positions for the World Bank (1989 to 1993), Bank Leumi in Israel (1979 to 1988), Citibank in New York (1970 to 1979) and the Government of Israel (Mamram, 1964 to 1969). During his tenure at Swiss Re, Dr. Ben-Artzy was part of the team responsible for designing the IT architecture to support the new business model for the globalization of Swiss Re, i.e., its transformation from a multinational to a global company. Born in 1945, Dr. Ben-Artzy studied economics and statistics at Tel Aviv University (1969) followed by an MBA and a Ph.D. in investment finance and management information systems from New York University (1978).
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