Yair Shamir, Chairman of the Board

Yair Shamir, Chairman of the Board, is considered one of Israel’s leading businessmen. He is currently Chairman and Managing Partner of Catalyst Investments, and, from 2005-20011, was Chairman of Israel Aerospace Industries. Many observers credit Shamir’s leadership with IAI’s dramatic turnaround in profit earnings. In January 2012, Mr. Shamir became Chairman of the Israel National Roads Company (INRC), Israel’s leading road network authority responsible for design, development, and operation of interurban roads in Israel.
 Previously, Mr. Shamir served as Chairman of El Al Israel Airlines, whose privatization process he oversaw, as well as CEO of VCON Telecommunications Ltd., Executive Vice President of the Challenge Fund-Etgar L.P., Executive Vice President and General Manager of Scitex Corporation, Ltd., a leading worldwide developer, manufacturer, and marketer of interactive computerized systems for the graphic design, printing, and publishing markets, and CEO of Elite Food Industries, one of Israel’s leading food-products manufacturers. He holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.
 The son of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, Mr. Shamir also boasts a decorated military career, having served as a pilot, engineer, and commander in the Israel Air Force. After attaining the rank of colonel, he served, as head of the electronics department, in the IAF’s highest professional electronics position. An active member of the board of IDC Herzliya in its founding stage, Mr. Shamir also sits on the Board of Governors of the Technion and the Board of Directors of Ben-Gurion University.