Board of Directors
Shlomo Kramer is an information technology entrepreneur and investor.
The founder and CEO of Cato Networks, a stealth mode startup developing ground-breaking solutions for the cloud enabled enterprise. With a passion for creating and fostering successful IT-focused businesses, Shlomo was also the co-founder of Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP) and Imperva (IMPV). Shlomo serves as a board director and founding investor in a number of security, fintech and software companies, including Exabeam, FundBox, Indegy, Sumo Logic and Insert Mobile. His previous investments include WatchDox (BBRY), Lacoon (CHKP), Hyperwise (CHKP), SkyFence (IMPV), Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Trusteer (IBM), Worklight (IBM), Business Layers (CA) and Digital Fuel (VMware).
Shlomo has been honored with various awards, including CEO of the Year by SC Magazine in 2008, one of 20 luminaries who changed the network industry by Network World in 2006, and was inducted into the InfoSec Hall of Fame in April 2013. Shlomo holds an MA in computer science from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from Tel Aviv University.
Itzik focuses on investments in information technology. He is currently on the boards of cVidya, Cyvera, FTBPro, GoEuro, and Panaya, is a board observer for Scodix and ZeRTO, and led Battery’s investment in Delphix. Itzik was on the board of XtremIO prior to its acquisition by EMC. He also spent time working alongside the Battery investment team as an Entrepreneur in Residence in the firm’s Israel office. Before Battery, Itzik was a Partner with Stata Ventures, where he led investments in Provigent (acq: Broadcom), Comability (acq: Ruckus Wireless), Sentrigo (acq: Symantec) and ZikBit.
Before venture investing, Itzik spent the majority of his career as an entrepreneur. He co-founded Kagoor Networks, a leader in voice-over-IP technologies, and led it to a successful acquisition by Juniper Networks, its first acquisition of an Israeli company. Previously, Itzik led the R&D of Class Data Systems until it was acquired by Cisco Systems, the first of many acquisitions in Israel. Before joining the private sector, Itzik led a landmark infrastructure project in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) that won the prestigious Israel Defense Award. Itzik holds a BSc summa cum laude in CS and Math from the Technion – Institute of Technology.
Mr. Ron Shvili served as a member of the Board of Directors of Light Cyber Ltd. since May 2013. Mr. Shvili serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Cellcom Israel Ltd., the largest Israeli cellular provider with approximately 3.029 million subscribers (as at June 30, 2014), offering a broad range of value added services including cellular and landline telephony, roaming services for tourists in Israel and for its subscribers abroad and additional services in the areas of music, video, mobile office etc.
Mr. Shvili has been an Entrepreneur in the field of cyber security since the beginning of 2013, when he retired from the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF. From 1990 to 2012 Mr. Shvili held various key managerial and technological positions in the IDF and the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Mr. Shvili holds B. Sc and M. Sc in Electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University.
Glilot Capital Partners, Co-founder & Managing Partner
For over 25 years Arik has been founding, growing and financing innovative technology companies. He co-founded Glilot Capital with the intention of bringing his vast experience gained from the early days of the Israeli startup industry to the investment decisions and ongoing support of the Glilot portfolio. As a board member, Arik supported the three portfolio companies of Glilot which were acquired since the fund’s inception.
Arik took his first steps in the Venture Capital world during the 90’s when he worked at Jerusalem Global Ventures, one of first central investors in the Israeli VC industry. During the five years he spent there, Arik was at the forefront of a rapidly growing industry, where he gained firsthand experience in selecting and financing early stage startups. Arik has also worked for Bank Tefachot Provident Funds, an Israeli institutional investor, as an investments manager and assistant director.
Between 2002-2010 Arik lived in the US (New York and Washington, DC) where he served in financial and operational executive roles in three Israeli innovative technology companies with US Based HQ: ECtel (acquisition by Verint), VideoCodes (acquired by Thomson) and Intercure (IPO). As a financial leader, Arik dealt directly with the specific growth challenges of Israeli startups operating in the US and other global markets.
Arik served as an Officer and Engineer in an Elite IDF technology unit.
Arik holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering & Management from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance & Technology Management from Tel Aviv University’s Kellogg-Recanati School of Management. Arik is a board member of IATI (Israel Advanced Technology Industries) and of the Technion Friends Society.
Head of Technology Investments, CEO – ClalTech
Mr. Shinar leads Access and Clal’s tech investments in Israel and is an active member of Access’s global tech team. He serves on board positions at both public and private companies on behalf of the group. Those companies include market leaders in the technology, retail and industrial sectors. Mr. Shinar serves as a director or board observer on various global technology companies including Rocket Internet AG (FRA:RKET), The Global Fashion Group, Lazada, Yotpo, ZooZ and ironSource. In addition, he serves as a board member at leading industrial and retail companies such as Golf&Co (TASE: GOLF), Nesher and others. Before his appointment as CEO at ClalTech Shinar was VP of Strategy and Business Development at Clal Industries and led several of the company’s main strategic deals and processes.
Mr. Shinar received alumni status from Harvard Business School, where he completed the school’s Program for Leadership Development. He received a law degree (LLB, with honors) and an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Gonen brings to LightCyber over 20 years of entrepreneurial and leadership experience in the technology and network security industry. Gonen was one of the earliest employees of Check Point Software, a member of the core team that developed its flagship firewall product (FireWall-1) and stateful inspection technology. Gonen played an instrumental role in helping Check Point achieve its current position as an Internet security market leader, joining the company when it was a five-person start-up, and leading the company’s growth in a variety of different functional leadership roles. During his twelve-year tenure at Check Point, Gonen held a number of strategic positions, including Chief Architect, Vice President of Products and Vice President of Solutions & Strategy. In the years between Check Point and LightCyber, Gonen was founder and CEO of Pythagoras Solar, an innovator of award-winning power generating, energy efficiency windows.
Prior to Check Point, Gonen served for seven years in the Israeli Defense Force’s elite intelligence unit and as a strategic planning consultant to the Ministry of Defense. Gonen holds a B.Sc. summa cum laude in Physics and Computer Science, as well as an M.A. summa cum laude in Digital Philosophy, from Tel Aviv University.
CO-FOUNDER, VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT & STRATEGY
Giora is a serial entrepreneur with many years of technological and managerial experience. For nearly a decade, he served as an officer in an elite technological unit in the Israel Defense Forces, where he initiated and managed interdisciplinary high-risk projects, bridging different domains and leading R&D teams. His broad range of technology experience spans network analysis, cyber-security, algorithmic coding and mission critical systems. His research in the fields of computer vision and physics has been published in Nature, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and the International Journal of Computer Vision, and he holds a patent in the field of image processing. Prior to co-founding LightCyber, Giora co-founded and served as CTO at MeterLive, a consumer insights and audience measurement company, and before that he was Director of Product Management at BQR. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics with honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.