Executive Chairman of the Board
Sachi Gerlitz has served as our Executive Chairman since April 2012 and as a member of our board since February 2007. From March 2007 through April 2012, he served as president and chief executive officer of Ness. Prior to joining Ness, Mr. Gerlitz served as acting chairman of Mobixell Networks and chairman of the board of the Israel Mobile Association. From 2001 through 2006, Mr. Gerlitz was a partner at Apax Partners, a large, global private equity firm managing assets of over $25 billion, where he focused on leveraged transactions and technology investments. He served, from 2005 through 2006, as a director of Bezeq, a publicly-traded leading Israeli telecommunications company, and he has also served on the boards of a number of private companies, such as Starhome BV, Crescendo Networks and Bitband Technologies. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Mr. Gerlitz served for 10 years at Comverse Technologies, through 2000, including as president of the Asia Pacific division, vice president of business development and marketing, chief technology officer, and executive vice president. Before joining Comverse, he served in various roles at Telrad Telecommunication Industries, Hadassah University Hospital, and the Israeli Defense Force. Mr. Gerlitz received a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from Tel-Aviv University in 1978, and is a graduate of the Business Administration Program for Industry Management at Bar-Ilan University.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Ness Israel
Shachar Efal has served as Ness Israel President and CEO since October 2013.
Prior to 2010 Shachar served in a number of executive management positions at Ness Technologies, including Chief Executive Officer of Ness Israel, President Global Software Distribution, and President Global Business Development.
Shachar Efal is in an information technology services sector expert and one of the most highly regarded IT executives in Israel.
Prior to Ness he founded New-X Systems, a regional IT services provider, successfully merging the company with the multinational IT services provider Ipex and serving as Chief Executive Officer of the combined entity Ipex-ICS, before negotiating its merger with Ness.
He graduated from Ben Gurion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industry and Management (specializing in IT and Communication).
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Mike Laor has served as our chief financial officer and executive vice president since March 2013. From February 2009 to February 2013, Mr. Laor served as chief financial officer of Motorola Solutions Israel, a provider of advanced communications solutions. From 2008 to 2009, he served as chief financial officer of Exanet (now part of Dell Inc.), a provider of clustered, network-attached storage software solutions. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Laor served as chief financial officer of FIS Software, a global provider of software solutions to insurance companies. From 1996 to 2002, he served as chief financial officer of Wiztec Solutions, a publicly traded provider of billing software and customer services and then as director of finance at Convergys, a publicly traded provider of customer management and information management products, after it acquired Wiztec. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Laor served as finance director of Zeraim Gadera (now part of Syngenta), an international agro-technology company. From 1991 to 1994, he served as senior portfolio coordinator at Kesselman and Kesselman, a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a global auditing provider, where he performed audits of Israeli and U.S. firms and participated in public offerings. Mr. Laor holds a B.A. in accounting and economics and an MBA, both from Tel Aviv University, and is a certified public accountant. He was born in Australia and lives in Israel.
President, Ness Software Engineering Group
Paul Madarasz has served as president of Ness Software Engineering Services since April 2013. From November 2012 to April 2013, Mr. Madarasz served as senior vice president and chief sales & marketing officer for Ness Software Engineering Services. From 2005 to June 2012, he served in several executive positions at UST Global, a privately-held, global IT services provider, culminating in the position of general manager, banking and financial services business head. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Madarasz served as president of AIG Technologies, a subsidiary of American International Group providing IT services to the AIG family of companies and to outside clients. From 1996 to 2001, he served in a range of positions at ENTEX IT Services, a subsidiary of Siemens, culminating as chief operating officer. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Madarasz served as a vice president at The Wheatley Group, an enterprise application software provider. From 1983 to 1992, he worked for IBM Corporate in a range of positions from trainee through management. Mr. Madarasz holds a B.S. in marketing from Boston College, cum laude.
President, Ness CEE
Shabtai Koren is president of Ness CEE since September 2013. Before joining Ness, Mr. Koren served 25 years in a range of executive positions at Amdocs, leading business development and implementing product lead services programs with Telecom operators, Banks and Utility organizations. From 2010 to 2013 Mr. Koren led Amdocs non-Telco unit. From 2006 to 2009 he was a division president of Amdocs Europe and Latin America. From 2002 to 2005 Mr. Koren served as a vice president of Amdocs Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) and Amdocs South Africa. From 1996 to 2001 Mr. Koren was a director & vice president of Amdocs YP North America. Mr Koren holds MSc. and BA in computer science, both from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
President, Technologies & Systems Group
Michael Zinderman has served as president of Technologies and Systems Group since April 2002. From April 2000 to April 2002, Mr. Zinderman served as the division manager and vice president of Ness Telecom & Systems Group, and from June 1988 to March 2002, he served as the division manager and vice president of Real Time & Systems Group of ATL, an entity Ness acquired in 1999. From May 1981 to May 1988, Mr. Zinderman served as software engineer and projects manager at ATL. From September 1977 to April 1981, Mr. Zinderman served as an electrical engineer at Yona Ushpiz, an electrical engines manufacturing company. Mr. Zinderman holds a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from Ben Gurion University, Israel.
Chief Delivery Officer, Software Engineering Group, and President, Ness India
Satyajit Bandyopadhyay has served as chief delivery officer of Ness Software Engineering Group since November 2011 and as president of Ness India since January 2009. From January 2007 to December 2008, he was senior vice president and head of the consulting and practices business unit in Ness North America. From March 2003 to December 2006, Mr. Bandyopadhyay served as chief delivery officer of Ness India. From April 2000 to February 2003, he served as general manager – GE and Europe of Mascot Systems Ltd. (now iGate Corporation), an IT services provider. From June 1999 to March 2000, Mr. Bandyopadhyay was a regional manager at Hewlett Packard, an IT products & solutions company. From January 1997 to May 1999, he served as regional manager – US Solutions of Mastech Corporation, an IT services provider. From March 1995 to December 1996, Mr. Bandyopadhyay served as a technical manager at Wipro Systems Ltd., an Indian IT services company. From October 1987 to February 1995, he served as manager, IT services of Tata Steel Ltd., a leading steel producer in India; and from July 1984 to September 1987, he served as a systems engineer at HMT Ltd (India), a leading watch manufacturing company. Mr. Bandyopadhyay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Calcutta University in India and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering in Mumbai, India.
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Ilan Rotem has been with Ness since its establishment, and since 2000 has been working at the company as legal adviser. In 2004, he was appointed the company’s secretary and general counsel. Before joining Ness, Mr. Rotem was a partner in the firm of Ephraim Abramson & Co., specializing in communications, securities and corporate law. Mr. Rotem is a member of the Israel Bar Association and the New York Bar. He holds LLB (with honors) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an LLM from Cambridge University (UK), and an MBA (with honors) specializing in capital markets and corporate governance from the College of Management Academic Studies (Israel).