Board of Directors
Dror Jerushalmi, CEO & Co-founder
As CEO and Co-founder of Valens, Dror Jerushalmi draws upon 20 years of high-level international business development and marketing management experience in the semiconductor industry to steer the company on a path of growth and success. Dror defines the company’s market penetration and business strategies, as it establishes its HDBaseT technology as the global standard for digital connectivity. Under his leadership, the company has completed rounds of financing, continues to introduce several families of products, and has reached significant milestones, including the award of a Technology & Engineering Emmy in 2016. Dror is currently overseeing HDBaseT’s successful introduction to the automotive market, to optimize in-vehicle connectivity.
Previously, Dror was Director of Business Development at Saifun Semiconductor (acquired by Spansion), a provider of intellectual property (IP) solutions for the non-volatile memory (NVM) market. Before that, he was Vice President of Marketing at Emblaze Semiconductor (acquired by Zoran Corporation), where he established the company’s reputation as an industry leader recognized by customers, press and analysts. He also held Business Development and Marketing management positions at Tioga and DSPG.
Dror holds a Bachelor's and a Master's (Cum Laude) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ben-Gurion University, Israel, and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Israel branch.
Massad Eyal, Vice President Research and Development and Co-founder
With 30 years of R&D management, VLSI engineering, and mixed signal design experience, Massad Eyal manages Valens’ R&D and engineering activities. Massad established the company’ R&D team and developed HDBaseT technology from concept to reality. Massad oversees the development and launch of the company’s families of products, and is now closely involved with the company’s penetration into the automotive market.
Before Valens, Massad was a co-founder of Mysticom Semiconductor, where he built the mixed signal design expertise of the company from the ground up. After Mysticom was acquired by TranSwitch, Massad managed the entire engineering activities of TranSwitch Israel. Prior to that, he held engineering management and design positions, developing mixed-signal modules at LSI Logic and at National Semiconductor.
Massad holds a Bachelor's degree (Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from the Technion –Israel Institute of Technology. He is a senior member of IEEE.
Dr. Eyal Kishon, Director
Dr.Eyal Kishon is co-founder and managing partner of Genesis Partners, on of Israel's leading technology-driven venture capital firms. He began his venture capital career in 1992 and is recognized as one of Israel's leading venture investors. He possesses a unique and intimate combination of a broad technology background and an intimate understanding of Israel's VC industry. He focuses primarly on communications and semiconductor investments. Eyal is currently a board member at Allot Communications, AudioCodes, Celtro, FIS and Valens.
Before entring the venture capital industry, he worked at the IBM Research Center, where he led a team that developed notebook computer handwriting recognition products. He also led a team at AT&T Bell Laboratories Robotics Research Department which was granted a patent for signature verification for interactive security systems.
Eyal holds a doctorate in computer sciense and robotics from the Curant Institute of Mathematical sciences at New York University and a bachelor's degree in computer sciense from the Technion - Israel Institue of Technology.
Yahal Zilka, Director
Mr. Zilka has been active in the technology sector for more than fifteen years as an entrepreneur; mentor; and executive. He served as a senior executive and CFO of VocalTec Ltd. (NASDAQ: VOCL) from 1993-1999; where he was responsible for funding the company from seed through IPO and thereafter bringing on board strategic investor Deutsche Telekom. At VocalTec; Mr Zilka took part in the team that spear- headed the creation of Voice over IP (VoIP). As Chairman and acting CEO of phonetic Systems Ltd.; a Magma portfolio company; Mr Zilka led a repositioning of the company as a market leader enabling its acquisition by Nuance Communications Ltd. (MASDAQ: MUAN).
Mr Zilka brings to Magma strong financial; operational and hands-on management experience in the communications space in addition to the Boards of DesignArt Networks; SignEra; Onavo; Valens Semiconductor Ltd.
Gideon Y. Ben-Zvi
Mr. Gideon Ben- Zvi brings to Aviv Venture Capital nineteen years of experience in entrepreneurship. Gideon founded and co-founded five companies, two of which he led up to exit events. The other three continue to operate and progress. Gideon founded Ligature, as CEO he led the sale of Ligature and the integration of Ligature as the technology foundation of Wizcom Technologies.
Gideon served as Executive VP of the integrated company till it went public In 2001 Gideon co-founded HumanEyes Technologies, and served as CEO until 2006. In 2003 Gideon helped found ASOCS, was its first angel investor and Chairman. The Company develops a multi-com chip and has a partnership with Fujitsu Japan.In 2008 Gideon cofounded BriefCam and acts as its active Chairman and President. Gideon holds MBA and BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from Hebrew University Jerusalem.Gideon is a Board member of: Wizcom Technologies, (Chairman), BriefCam (Active Chairman), HumanEyes and Valens
Ben Rabinowitz, Director
Mr. Rabinowitz has worked for over a decade in leadership roles in Israeli high tech. He serves on the Board of Directors of Safend and Valens Semiconductor- Amiti Ventures portfolio companies. Prior to founding Amiti Ventures; Ben held various General Manager and Vice President roles in AudioCodes (NASDAQ: AUDC); including leading sales; product marketing; investor relations R&D; operations; support and M&A in North America. He has a successful track record in leading mergers and acquisitions; integration acquisitions; executing product strategies and building, turning around and growing profitable organizations. Ben has also provided strategy and marketing consulting services on mobile solutions; cloud computing and IT outsourcing.
Mr. Rabinowitz serves on the board of directors of Safend and Valens Semiconductor- Amiti Ventures portfolio companies. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University.
Stephen Girsky, Director
Stephen Girsky is a veteran of the automotive industry, and he brings significant executive experience to the Board. Mr. Girsky is currently a Board member at General Motors. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Redbend, a provider of software and device management services focusing on the automotive sector. Before that, Mr. Girsky served as General Motors’ Vice Chairman, with overall responsibility for global corporate strategy, new business development, global product planning and program management and more. He was also Chairman of the Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board, and Acting President of GM Europe.
Mr. Girsky also served as President of S.J.Girsky & Co, an independent advisory firm based in New York. Previously, he served as the lead Director of Dana Holdings Corp. Mr. Girsky was President of Centerbridge Partners, a private investment firm, and Special Advisor to the CEO and CFO of General Motors. Earlier in his career, he was Managing Director of the Global Automotive and Auto Parts Research Team at Morgan Stanley and Equity Research Automotive Analyst at Paine Webber. Mr. Girsky holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and an MBA from Harvard Business School