Executive Director and CEOToggle Profile
Uzi Levami has been CEO of the Group since February 2009 and an Executive Director since December 2008. He is also a Director in the Group's subsidiaries, Galatea, Sarin India, Sarine Color Technologies, Sarine Polishing Technologies, Sarin Hong Kong, Sarine Holdings USA, Sarine North America, Sarine IGT H, Sarine IGT I and Sarine IGT JKL. Mr. Levami completed his studies towards a Master's degree in Computer Sciences from the Weizmann Institute of Science and holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He is one of the original founders of Sarine and has a long history of founding high-tech companies (Compulite Ltd., Shalev Computer Systems Ltd. and EquipNet Ltd., a start-up spinoff of Interhightech (1982) Ltd.). Prior to becoming CEO of the Group Mr. Levami held the position of Director of Business Development at MKS Instruments Inc., a publicly-traded US company supplying in excess of $700M of capital equipment to the semiconductor industry, after the most recent company he founded, EquipNet Ltd., was acquired by MKS. In 1992, while at Shalev Computer Systems, Mr. Levami was personally awarded the prestigious Israel Defence Award by then President Herzog for his endeavours on a development project for the Israel Defence Forces. From 1973 to 1980, Mr. Levami served in the Israel Defence Forces and attained the rank of Major.
Executive Vice Presidents
David Sydney Block
Group's Chief Operating OfficerToggle Profile
David Sydney Block has been the Group's Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2012, with responsibility for worldwide operations, worldwide sales, including the network of subsidiaries and distributors/resellers, and customer care. He is also a Director in the Group's subsidiaries, Galatea, Sarin India, Sarine Color Technologies, Sarine Polishing Technologies, Sarine Holdings USA, Sarine North America, Sarine IGT H, Sarine IGT I and Sarine IGT JKL. Prior to this appointment, from June 2009, Mr. Block was Deputy CEO and VP of Sales responsible for overseeing the Group's worldwide sales, including its network of distributors/resellers and subsidiaries. Prior to that, beginning January 2006, Mr. Block was the CEO of Sarin India in charge of the overall management of the operations and business in India, responsible for over 70% of the Group's revenues and the supervision of over 200 employees. Before being assigned to Sarin India, Mr. Block was a Product Manager responsible for all the products aimed at the diamond manufacturing market, commencing 2001. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Block worked at several major Israeli high technology companies in the management of large-scale development projects, computer programming, quality assurance and technical writing positions.Mr. Block holds an MBA from the Kellogg-Recanati School of Business, a joint degree from Northwestern University in the USA and Tel Aviv University in Israel, and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Academic College in Israel.
William ("Bill") Kessler
Group's Chief Financial OfficerToggle Profile
William Kessler has served as the Group's Chief Financial Officer since May 2009. He is also a Director in the Group's subsidiaries, Galatea, Sarin India, Sarine Color Technologies, Sarine Polishing Technologies, Sarine Holdings USA, Sarine North America, Sarine IGT H, Sarine IGT I and Sarine IGT JKL. He has over 25 years of corporate and Wall Street experience, working with publicly-traded and private companies in Israel and the United States. From July 2006 until May 2009, Mr. Kessler served as the Principal Finance and Accounting Officer (CFO) of XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: XTLB; LSE: XTL and TASE: XTL) and was previously its Director of Finance as of January 2006, having served as a financial consultant to XTL during 2005, when he spearheaded the process of listing XTL for trading on the Nasdaq. From October 2003 until December 2005, he served as a financial consultant to Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: KERX), following the relocation of its headquarters to New York, after having served as their Controller in Israel from 2001 until September 2003. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Kessler served as Chief Financial Officer for Interhightech (1982) Ltd. While on Wall Street, he worked as a research analyst at Wertheim Schroder & Co., covering media and entertainment companies. Mr. Kessler holds a Bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) in Economics and Mathematics from Yeshiva University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University, both in NY, USA.
Abraham Meir Kerner
Group's Vice President of R&DToggle Profile
Abraham Meir Kerner has served as the Group's Vice President of Research and Development since March 2009 and as Chief Technological Officer since 2004. He is primarily responsible for developing our technological base and the development of new products. Prior to 2004, Mr. Kerner was our R&D manager for nearly a decade, having joined the Group in 1995. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Kerner worked for companies related to the Group, where he accumulated 15 years of engineering experience and was involved for 10 of those years in the development of precision motion control systems and accurate measuring machines for diamonds. Between 1989 and 1995 Mr. Kerner worked for Shalev (founded by Mr. Levami, the Group's current CEO) and then Interhightech (founded by Mr. Glinert, the Group's current Chairman, into which Shalev was merged in 1993) on the original DiaMensionTM and the DiaCenterTM, the first automated computerised centering system for rough diamonds for bruting (a now discontinued product of the Group). From 1986 through 1989 while at Shalev, Mr. Kerner participated in the Group's original development project - the RobogemTM, an automated system for planning and shaping non-diamond gemstones. Before that, from 1980 through 1986 Mr. Kerner worked for another of Mr. Levami's start-ups - Compulite. Mr. Kerner holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Vice President of Product ManagementToggle Profile
Ron Ben-Ari is the Vice President of Product Management, responsible for all of the company's products. From 2013 through 2016 he was first the Director, and then Vice President, of Diamond Manufacturing Activities for the diamond industry midstream, including the GalaxyTM family of inclusion scanning solutions, rough diamond planning products, laser sawing and shaping systems, polishing quality aids and polished diamond Cut finishing and grading solutions. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Ben-Ari acted as the Product Manager of the rough diamond planning group of products (the DiaExpertTM and AdvisorTM product lines) and managed the GalaxyTM family of products during their first two years and participated in their launch, initial marketing drive and acceptance, ongoing development, etc. Prior to that, since joining Sarine in 2003, Ron Ben-Ari managed the Quality Assurance team in Sarine, responsible for testing all of Sarine's products. Mr. Ben Ari holds an MBA from the Kellog-Recanati School of Business, a joint degree from Northwestern University in the USA and Tel Aviv University, and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the IDC College in Israel.
Tzafrir Yehuda Engelhard
Group's Vice President of Business DevelopmentToggle Profile
Tzafrir Yehuda Engelhard is the Group's Vice President of New Business Development. Tzafrir earlier served as the Group's Vice President of Business Development Polished Diamonds Trade from 2013 through 2016, and the Director of Business Development since 2010. During 2009 (cut short for personal reasons), Mr. Engelhard was the CEO of Sarin India in charge of the overall management of the operations and business in Sarin India, and, specifically, the launch of Sarine's first GalaxyTM inclusion mapping service centre in India. Prior to that, Mr. Engelhard served as a Product Manager, responsible for several of the Group's products. Prior to joining Sarine, from 2007 to 2008, Mr. Engelhard worked at eTouchware, a software company that provides solutions for secure and efficient file transfers over the Internet, and, from 2004 to 2007, at Cognitens Ltd. (later purchased by Hexagon Metrology Inc.), a company that developed and sold high precision non-contact measurement devices to the worldwide automotive market. Mr. Engelhard holds an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with specialisation in marketing strategy, and a Bachelor's degree in Optomechanics Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Vice President of Operations, IsraelToggle Profile
Yosef Vax has served as the Group's Vice President for Operations since 2001 and was Chief Operating Officer from March 2009 through 2011. He is responsible for production, purchasing, logistics and quality control at the Israeli parent company. He is an Electronics Practical Engineer, holding a degree from Tel Aviv College in Israel and is also a Certified Quality Manager from the A.L.D College for Certified Managers for Quality in Israel. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Vax spent over 15 years in various quality control management and inspection positions, in charge of quality control processes, inspection of electronics, electro-optics, optics and mechanical sub-assemblies and components manufacturing and customer care.
Group's General CounselToggle Profile
William Weisel has served as the Group's general counsel since August 2016. In this role, Mr. Weisel is responsible for the Group's legal matters, with an emphasis on its core business transactions, new business development, intellectual property protection and employment issues. Prior to his employment by Sarine, among other legal services and business development activities, Mr. Weisel served from 2007 to 2014 as VP & General Counsel of Lumenis Ltd. (Nasdaq: LMNS), a global medical device manufacturing company; from 2001 to 2004 as VP & General Counsel of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq: GILT), a global satellite telecommunications company; from 1999 to 2001 as General Counsel of ADC Teledata Israel Ltd., a telecommunications hardware manufacturer; from 1992 to 1999 as General Counsel of Scitex Corporation Ltd. (Nasdaq: SCIX), an innovator and manufacturer of digital printing graphics equipment; and from 1982 to 1986 practiced law as a litigator in Los Angeles, California at the firm of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro. In addition, since 2013 Mr. Weisel has been a lecturer at the Haifa University Graduate School of Management and teaches a course called, "Business & Law Convergence" to MBA students. Mr. Weisel is the author of an article entitled, "Deal Breaker to Deal Maker" published in 2015 by The Legal 500 in its publication, GC-General Counsel Magazine. Mr. Weisel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles and is admitted to practice law in California and Israel.
Subsidiaries' Key Management
General Manager, Galatea LtdToggle Profile
Ran Ziskind has been the General Manager of Galatea Ltd. since 2004, being one of its founding entrepreneurs. Mr. Ziskind is in charge of the ongoing development and manufacturing at Galatea as well as the operation of the Group's service centre activities. Prior to founding Galatea, he accumulated 12 years of experience in high-tech industries at various positions, from design engineer to management. Between 2001 and 2003 Mr. Ziskind served as the General Manager of Atomic Hydrogen Technologies Ltd., a company which develops equipment for the semiconductor industry. Prior to that, from 1997 through 2001, Mr. Ziskind worked for Eureka, a company that did subcontracting of mechanical design services. At Eureka he held a plurality of positions, from Design Engineer to Project Manager. Mr. Ziskind is a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering program from Zur Teffen, an academic institute founded by the world-renowned industrialist, Mr. Stef Wertheimer, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Management from the Open University of Israel.
Rajesh Rasiklal Kothari
General Manager, Sarin IndiaToggle Profile
Rajesh Rasiklal Kothari has been the General Manager of Sarin India since 2013. He is in charge of the overall management of the operations and business in India, with emphasis on the launch of polished diamond products and services, continued aggressive promotion of the GalaxyTM family of inclusion mapping products and services to an even broader range of players in the manufacturing industry, along with, and leveraged on, the consolidation of the Group's planning products' dominant position. Mr. Kothari has over 25 years of experience working in the diamond industry. Prior to joining Sarin, Mr. Kothari was Head of Global Manufacturing (diamond division) for Shrenuj & Co. Ltd. for 3.5 years. He was responsible for overseeing the Group's worldwide manufacturing of polished diamonds and in this role, through integration of new technologies and other skill level improvements, he achieved new benchmarks in quality, productivity and cycle time reductions. From mid-1988 through mid-2009 Mr. Kothari served as Head of Manufacturing at R. Kantilal & Co. During this period he specialised in the procurement of rough diamonds from mining companies through tenders, as well as in the open market. From May 2000 until May 2003 Mr. Kothari was Head of Operations at the Munic Gems Group and was tasked with establishing an export oriented jewellery unit. He was also instrumental in getting BEM certification (a Rio Tinto initiative) for the company. Mr. Kothari holds a first class Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Lala Lajpatrai College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai University and certificates from the GIA and IGI labs for successfully completing Diamond Grading and other courses. He has been actively involved in the development of technology, testing of machine prototypes and process improvement initiatives with grading laboratories and equipment manufacturers and has addressed various industry forums and seminars as a speaker on these and other issues.
Beenita Ritesh Chaurasia
Vice President of Sales, Sarin IndiaToggle Profile
Beenita Ritesh Chaurasia has been the Vice President of Sales, Sarin India, since 2010. Ms. Chaurasia is responsible for all pre- and post-sale activities relating to the Group's products in India. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Chaurasia had been employed by Sarin India since 2004, initially as a junior sales person and over time with ever increasing managerial responsibilities. Prior to her employment with Sarin India, from 2001 through 2003 she was employed by Pyramid Exports in various positions pertaining to business administration, manufacturing administration and exports of cosmetics, skin care and personal care and perfumery products to international markets. She holds a Master's of Business Administration degree (MBA) with distinction, having finished first in her class, from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (Mumbai University), with a specialisation in marketing. She also holds a Master's degree in Commerce from Mumbai University, also with distinction. Ms. Chaurasia holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from K.P.B Hinduja College in Mumbai.
Sudhir Narasinga Rao
Vice President of Finance, Sarin IndiaToggle Profile
Sudhir Narasinga Rao has been Vice President of Finance, Sarin India, since July 2012. He has over 25 years of corporate finance experience, working with local conglomerates and multinational companies in India. From January 2000 through June 2012, Mr. Rao served as Director of Finance (and on the Board of Directors) of Firmenich Aromatics (India) Private Limited, an Indian subsidiary of a Swiss multinational company in the flavour and fragrance industry, where he led the finance and accounting team. He was part of the core team which set up the first chemical plant in India for the Firmeinch group in the special export zone in the state of Gujarat (where Surat, India's primary diamond manufacturing industry hub, is also located). Prior to that, from 1998 through 1999 he served as General Manager of Finance for Mphasis (India) Limited, a software development company, now a part of the Hewlett Packard group, where he was also part of the core team which set up the start-up company in India. From mid-1987 through 1998 Mr. Rao served as Divisional Manager of Finance for KEC International Limited, a tower manufacturer and transmission line turnkey project contractor, where he began his career as a management trainee. Mr. Rao is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Mumbai University.
Rajeshwari Homi Mehta
Vice President of Business Development, Sarin IndiaToggle Profile
Rajeshwari Homi Mehta has been Vice President of Business Development Polished Diamond Trade of Sarin India, since 2013. Ms. Mehta is responsible for all activities relating to the Group's new polished diamond products and services in India. Prior to this appointment, during 2010 Ms. Mehta took personal leave and then, from 2011 through 2012 she consulted for the Group on its conceptualisation of its polished diamond strategies, doing market research and product testing in India, the U.S. and Hong Kong. Prior to 2009, Ms. Mehta served as Vice President of Sales at Sarin India from 2004, when the Group's Indian subsidiary was established. Prior to joining the newly established Sarin India, she was employed by the Company for two years doing various market surveys in India. From 1999 to 2002, Ms. Mehta was the Vice President of Marketing at Sahajanand Technologies P. Limited, at that time our Indian distributor, where she led the marketing team tasked with the sales of our Group's products in India. Ms. Mehta holds a Master's degree in Organic Chemistry and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the South Gujarat University, India.
Regional ManagerToggle Profile
Michael Goren has been the Managing Director of Sarin Hong Kong Limited (responsible for the Asia-Pacific region excluding India) since early 2015, with his emphasis being on expanding the penetration of Sarine's polished diamond solutions for retailers and suppliers in his area of responsibility. Michael has more than 20 years of global experience in various industries and geographies, in operations and business development. Prior to joining Sarine, from April 2012 until March 2015, Michael was based in Singapore while managing a Hewlett Packard (Nasdaq:HPQ) Asia-Pacific business unit comprising 120 managers and professionals across the region. From January 2011 until April 2012, Michael was employed by Orbotech (Nasdaq:ORBK) as a Business Processes Manager, implementing corporate initiatives and processes in the Asia-Pacific region to better cater to this important market. Michael also spent many years working in Israel, the USA and Australia in various customer interfacing leadership roles, mainly at Elbit Systems (Nasdaq: ESLT) between 1995 to 1997 and Orbotech (Nasdaq: ORBK) from 1997 through 2004, where he was sent from its regional California office to manage the New York facility and later assumed an operations management role in their corporate U.S. headquarters in Boston. From 1991 until 1995 Michael served in a special technological unit in the Israeli Air Force. Michael participated in an Executive Leadership program at Stanford University, focusing on business innovation and transformation, holds an MBA in International Business (focus on the Asia-Pacific region) from Flinders University, Australia, a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University, USA, and an Associate degree in Electronic Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
General ManagerToggle Profile
Alon Shafir was appointed General Manager of Sarine North America in 2016. Mr. Shafir joined the Sarine Group in 2014, as a Diamond Research Expert and was part of Sarine's research team working on the automated solutions for Color and Clarity grading. Before joining Sarine, Alon spent four years in New Zealand as an independent dealer of fancy colour diamonds. Prior to that Mr. Shafir served as the General Manager of the European Gemmological Center (EGC) in Israel for almost 10 years, responsible for the definition and introduction to the international market of Gemewizard, patented software for online definition and communication of colour in gemstones and fancy coloured diamonds. Mr. Shafir also served in Business Development for the College of Gemmology for two years establishing consumer service protocols and formalising quality control procedures. Mr. Shafir holds a Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB) from the Shaari-Mishpat College in Israel (and was admitted to the Israeli Bar Association in 2007) and a Gemmology Diploma GG from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
VP SalesToggle Profile
Brad Campbell has been the VP Sales of Sarine North America since April 2015 with responsibility for all polished diamond products and services sales in the region, with emphasis on Sarine ProfileTM and its related products (i.e, DiaMensionTMHD, Sarine LightTM, Sarine LoupeTM, Sarine ConnectTM, etc.). Mr. Campbell came to Sarine with over 35 years of experience in the U.S. retail jewelry business in sales, administration, management and business development. Prior to joining Sarine, in 2013 he established the consulting firm Innovative Core Solutions that provided a wide range of services to both jewelry retailers and wholesalers. From 1995 to 2013 Mr. Campbell served as the President and Vice President of Merchandising of Mountain West Jewellery, a chain of retail jewelry stores in the western United States, having worked his way up through positions such as General Manager, special events coordinator and diamond buyer. From 2001 through 2013 he served, the only non-owner ever to do so, on the Buying Committee for the Leading Jewelers Guild where he built brands and developed market strategies and support organisations. From 1985 to 1995 Brad worked as a regional supervisor for Barry Jewelers, where he managed 18 stores in different capacities, and was also responsible for merchandising and marketing. From 1981 to 1985 Mr. Campbell was a store manager for the same Mountain West Jewelry chain in which he would later serve as President after working as an assistant manager and a salesman there. From 1980 to 1981 he worked as a regional trouble shooter and store manager rebuilding stores for Chess King, a division of the Melville Corporation. From 1979 to 1980 Mr. Campbell attended Central Oregon Community College and Eastern Oregon State College studying Business Management.