Board of Directors
Yigal Jacoby, Chairman
Yigal Jacoby co-founded Allot in 1996 and served as CEO until 2006 and Chairman of the Board of Directors until 2008. In 1992, he founded Armon Networking, a manufacturer of RMON-based network management solutions, which was sold to Bay Networks in 1996. Following this acquisition, Yigal continued on as General Manager of Bay Network’s Network Management Division from 1996-1997. Prior to this, he held a variety of engineering and marketing management positions at Tekelec, a manufacturer of telecommunications monitoring and diagnostic equipment. Throughout his career, Yigal has founded several start-ups in the communications field, served on their boards of directors and taken an active role in guiding the companies. He has a BA cum laude in Computer Science from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and an MSc in Computer Science from University of Southern California.
Nurit Benjamini, Director
Ms. Benjamini has served as an outside director since 2007 and serves as the lead independent director on our board. Since December 2013, Ms. Benjamini has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Crazy Labs Ltd. a company that provides mobile content. Ms. Benjamini served as the Chief Financial Officer of Wix.com Ltd. (NASDAQ: WIX) from 2011 to 2013. Previously, from 2007 to 2011, Ms. Benjamini has served as the Chief Financial Officer of CopperGate Communications Ltd. (now Sigma Designs Ltd.) that was acquired by Sigma Designs Inc. (NASDAQ:SIGM) in November 2009. Prior to her position with CopperGate Communications Ltd., Ms. Benjamini served as the Chief Financial Officer of Compugen Ltd. (NASDAQ: CGEN) from 2000 to 2007. Ms. Benjamini serves as an outside director of BiolineRX Ltd. (NASDAQ/TASE: BLRX), a member of its compensation committee, and as a chairman of its audit committee. Ms. Benjamini serves as a director and chair-person of the audit committee of Redhill Biopharma (NASDAQ/TASE: RDHL). Ms. Benjamini serves as a director and chair-person of the audit committee of Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ: GMDA). Ms. Benjamini holds a B.A. in Economics and Business and an M.B.A. in Finance, both from Bar Ilan University, Israel.
Manuel Echanove, Director
Mr. Echanove brings over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, most extensively serving in various management positions in the Telefonica group between 1996 and 2012. During his tenure at Telefonica, Mr. Echanove held various senior management positions as Commercial General Manager, General Director of Business Development and General Director of Multimedia and Brand Business. He also served as General Manager in the Corporate Strategy area of Telefónica S.A. before leaving the company in 2012. Prior to joining Telefonica, Mr. Echanove served in sales and marketing management positions at France Telecom, British Telecom, and Data General. Mr. Echanove is currently the CEO of Wetania Consulting S.L. a management consulting company, which he founded in 2013.
Itsik Danzinger, Director
Itzhak Danziger has served as a director since 2011. Prior to his appointment as a director, Mr. Danziger served as an observer to our Board since 2010. Itzhak Danziger serves as a member of the board of Galil Software, an Israeli software services company, and as a director of Jinni Media, a privately held technology company. From 1985 to 2007, Mr. Danziger held various executive positions at Comverse, a technology companies group that develops and markets telecommunications systems, including as president of Comverse Technology Group, as president of Comverse Network Systems and as chairman of Comverse subsidiary – Starhome. Prior to joining Comverse, Mr. Danziger held various R&D and management positions in Tadiran Telecom Division. In the non-profit sector, Mr. Danziger serves as the chairman of the Center for Educational Technology (CET), as Vice President and board member of the New Israel Fund (NIF), the chairman of Israel Venture Network (IVN)- Yozma fund for investments in social businesses and a director in Israel Venture Network (IVN), a venture philanthropy NGO. Mr. Danziger was also a member of the National Task Force for the Advancement of Education in Israel (Dovrat Committee). Mr. Danziger holds a B.Sc. cum laude and an M.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and an M.A. cum laude in philosophy and digital culture from Tel Aviv University.
Steven D. Levy, Director
Steven D. Levy has served as an outside director since 2007. Mr. Levy served as a Managing Director and Global Head of Communications Technology Research at Lehman Brothers from 1998 to 2005. Before joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Levy was a Director of Telecommunications Research at Salomon Brothers from 1997 to 1998, Managing Director and Head of the Communications Research Team at Oppenheimer & Co. from 1994 to 1997 and a senior communications analyst at Hambrecht & Quist from 1986 to 1994. Mr. Levy has served as a director of PCTEL, a broadband wireless technology company since 2006 and served as a director of Edison Properties a privately held U.S. real estate company since 2018. Mr. Levy previously served as a director of privately held GENBAND Inc., a U.S. provider of telecommunications equipment. Mr. Levy holds a B.Sc. in Materials Engineering and an M.B.A., both from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Miron (Ronnie) Kenneth, Director
Miron (Ronnie) Kenneth has more than 20 years of experience in the global hi-tech businesses and is currently a private investor in hi-tech startups. He currently serves as the Chairman of Teridion Technologies Ltd., a privately-held company specializing in overlay network technologies for service providers. From 2011 to 2013, Ronnie served as the CEO of Pontis Ltd., a privately-held company specializing in providing online marketing and analytics platforms for service providers. Prior to this, he was the Chairman and CEO of Voltaire Technologies Ltd. (2001 to 2011), until it was acquired by Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX). Before Voltaire, Ronnie was a General Partner in Telos Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture firm and prior to this, he held senior management positions in Cadence Design Systems Inc.’s (NASDAQ: CDN) European organization. Ronnie has an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California and a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Bar Ilan University, Israel.
Nadav Zohar, Director
Nadav Zohar has extensive business, banking and investment experience with a focus on technology and financial services. He currently serves as Head of Business Development at Gett Inc. (previously GetTaxi) and as an Independent Non Executive member on the Board of Directors of the international digital marketing company, Matomy Media Group Ltd. Prior to this, Nadav served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Soluto between 2008 and 2013 and Chief Operating Officer at Delek Global Real Estate PLC between 2006 and 2009. Between 2001 and 2006, he held a number of senior management positions within Morgan Stanley’s financial and banking departments and between 1997 and 2001 he served as a Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions in Lehman Brothers’ London office. In these roles he advised leading European industrial, technology and pharmaceutical companies on raising capital and M&A. He began his career as a lawyer in the corporate team at Gouldens (now Jones Day) in the City of London. He has an LLB degree in Law from the University of Reading (UK) and an MSc degree in Finance from the London Business School.