Managing Director in Israel
Israel has a rich background in management, technology, and capital formation and brings his expertise to strategize on the company structure and development to ensure successful outcomes.
Israel was the Executive Chairman of Idanit in Israel, a world leader in large format printing. Israel led Idanit from inception in 1995 through its acquisition by publicly traded Scitex Corporation Ltd., a leader in digital imaging technologies.
Israel was the Executive Chairman for Objet Technologies, a developer of three-dimensional network printers, which he founded in 1998 and guided through 2001 including product development and initial funding rounds, ultimately raising over $30 million in capital.
Israel was the Managing Director of Mirage, an investment company publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Israel advised on the capital formation of Healinx, an Internet-based doctor-patient communication services, enabling secure, clinically structured, auditable communications between doctors and patients. Healinx is used by Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, National Data Corp, and other leading healthcare organizations and it has become a popular online prescription tool. Since Healinx's founding in January 1999, Healinx has attracted more than $36 million in funding. The venture firms include U.S. Venture Partners, Venrock Associates, SI Venture Management (a Gartner Group affiliate), Genesis Partners (a CIBC World Markets venture arm), and Concord Ventures.
Israel served for 30 years in the Israel Air Force, retiring from service as Brigadier General. During his term of service, he was a front line fighter pilot as well as Squadron Leader. Subsequently, he held executive and operational roles within the Israel Defense Forces, including Head of Air Force Intelligence, Defense Attaché for Austria and Switzerland, and Head of IDF Strategic Planning. In this latter role, Israel led a team establishing and defining the Israel-US Strategic Cooperation framework.
Israel is an Ace Pilot of Israel and has shot down twelve MIG 21s ranking him as one of the world leaders in MIG 21 shoot downs.
Israel is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal from the President of Israel for his leadership and command over his squadron following the death in action of the squadron's commander in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Israel is a graduate of the Royal Air Force Staff College and holds a BA in History with Honors from the Tel Aviv University and an MA in Political Science and Business Administration from Haifa University.