Who We Are

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Mark Gazit

CEO

Prominent senior executive with 20 years of experience in Israeli and international high-tech companies. Mark served as General Manager of Nice Track, which provides software and hardware solutions to government agencies worldwide in the areas of information intelligence and cyber. He was also the CEO & Co-founder of SkyVision, which he took from the start-up stage to a valuation of $115 m. Mark has held additional pivotal roles in leading companies.

Prof. Amir Averbuch

Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer

World renowned expert in applied and computational harmonic analysis, Big Data processing and analysis, wavelets, signal/image processing and scientific computing. At the Tel Aviv University, Prof. Averbuch has supervised fourteen post-doctoral researchers, as well as more than 30 PhD students and 100 MSc students. Prior to joining ThetaRay, Prof. Averbuch was Research Staff Member with IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center in New York.

Shiri Septon-Etchin

Chief Financial Officer & Deputy CEO

Shiri is a highly accomplished and experienced Finance Management Executive with cross-industry experience in Technology, Energy & Infrastructure, Real Estate and Manufacturing. She brings with her many years of senior financial management experience from several executive finance roles, including CFO of Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy, which develops and operates mega projects in renewable energy, independently and with the public sector, CFO of ELAD CANADA, a leading real estate company in Canada, CFO of Azimuth Technologies, a public company traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and CFO of Jungo. Shiri holds an MBA degree and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics, and is a certified public accountant.

Ovad Harari

EVP R&D and Site Manager

A seasoned software executive with a well proven track record of successfully building and leading global organizations, from small startups to large enterprises. Ovad served as General Manager of the Nice Enterprise Product and Technology Unit, leading Cloud, Big Data and Analytics groundbreaking innovation. Prior to Nice, Ovad served as VP R&D at HP Software, responsible for IT Management products of $1B business. Ovad holds a MSc in Management Science (Cum Laude) and BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, both from Tel Aviv University.

James Heinzman

EVP Financial Services Solutions

As EVP of Financial Services Solutions, James oversees strategy for ThetaRay’s financial services solutions and its financial crime analytics platform. James is a highly experienced Risk and Compliance expert with over 25 years’ experience working with customers and technology in this sector. He has held positions such as Chief Compliance Officer, Head Trader and Senior Operations Director for leading financial services companies. He has also served in senior leadership roles with prominent technology providers to the financial services industry including EVP Risk & Compliance at SunGard and Managing director global compliance solutions at Nice Actimize. James also served as Managing Director for Global Equities at Bear Sterns, where he was responsible for surveillance, supervision and mitigating regulatory exposure. James holds a BA in Business Administration from National University, San Diego, and is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Professional (CRCP) by FINRA/Wharton School of Business.

Kris Robinson

EVP Americas

Kris Robinson began at NCR Corporation, who acquired Teradata , the original Big Data firm. Her senior management achievements included developing breakthrough strategies with Fortune 100 clients, and transforming the go to market strategy for Teradata’s Financial Services industry. Her teams disrupted traditional approaches to information management across the industry by offering a new analytic framework that linked detailed data to fraud, risk management, and compliance. Personally recruited by the Hewlett Packard CEO in 2006, she served in a number of global leadership roles across HP, including Vice President and General Manager of HP Software’s Business Intelligence Solutions . Kris also lead several global teams supporting their most strategic customers where she successfully accelerated industry initiatives including IT Transformation, Connected Intelligence, and the Industrial Internet.

Shay Dovev

VP Sales

Shay is the VP of Business development and Sales at ThetaRay. An experienced entrepreneurial senior executive with a long standing and diverse sales record. Shay’s career includes large scale commercial management, strategic partnerships development, direct sales, Projects management and system engineering experience. Having held senior positions with companies such as Verint Systems and I8, Shay possesses deep knowledge in Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics, SIGINT/COMINT Intelligence systems, Homeland Security (HLS), and Safe Cities. Shay holds a BA/SA, System Analysis and Business Management from the IDC, and an MBA, IT and Business Management from the Bar Ilan University.

Dalit Bizan

VP Human Resources

Dalit Bizan joined Thetaray as the Vice President of Human Resources in 2016. Ms.Bizan has vast HR experience in building HR infrastructure, global HR, leading advanced HR solutions, M&As, and Organizational and People development.

Prior to joining Thetaray, Ms. Bizan held several senior positions in various organizations type including start-up and mature global companies in field, regional, and corporate roles. Before joining Thetaray she was Director of Global HR at Mellanox where she was responsible for EMEA & APAC HR and was Business Partner for the Business divisions. Before that she held the position of Vice President of Human Resources at On Track Innovations (OTI) and Director of HR at DSP Group.

Ms. Bizan holds a BA in Political Sciences with honors and MBA specializing in Management and Organizational Behavior both from Tel Aviv University.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Yoav Tzruya

Partner at JVP

Mr. Tzruya leads the JVP Cyber Labs. Prior to joining JVP, Yoav headed Altus Media Ltd., a venture capital consulting business for VCs, as well as digital media and content-related startups, including JVP portfolio companies. Previously, Yoav spent five years as General Manager, COO and CMO of Exent Technologies, an industry leader in the area of games on-demand. Prior to this he held multiple executive positions at TeleKnowledge. In addition to ThetaRay, Yoav is on the board of AnyClip, AE-Squared, UIU, Correlor, Wishi and CrossReader. Yoav holds an International Executive MBA from Kellogg/Northwestern and Tel Aviv universities, as well as an MSc in Computer Science (cum laude) and a BSc in Mathematics (cum laude) from Tel Aviv University.

Gadi Tirosh

General Partner at JVP

Gadi is one of the two General Partners of JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners). With his strong background in media-related software and internet based R&D organizations, Gadi oversees and leads JVP’s investments in the areas of media, web, gaming and applications. Gadi serves as a board member of Cyber-Ark, having orchestrated the most recent investment round by JVP, as well as Siano Mobile, Funtactix, ComQi and Playcast. Gadi’s track record in the digital media space has provided him with strong domain expertise in both the consumer infrastructure world and the needs of service providers. Prior to JVP, Gadi was Corporate VP of Product Marketing and a member of the executive committee of NDS, a leader in digital pay-TV systems, supporting some of the largest digital broadcast platforms such as DIRECTV, BSkyB, Canal Digital and more. In recent months it was announced that Cisco Systems acquired NDS for $5 bn. At NDS, Gadi established the business of digital interactive TV in the late 90s, catering to the likes of Sky Sports, MTV, Discovery, QVC and other leading TV channels. Prior to NDS, Gadi held a variety of positions in software and Internet-based R&D organizations, including Director of Product Marketing at ServiceSoft Corp. Gadi holds a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics, as well as an Executive MBA, from the Hebrew University.

Prof. Amir Averbuch

Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer

World renowned expert in applied and computational harmonic analysis, Big Data processing and analysis, wavelets, signal/image processing and scientific computing. At the Tel Aviv University, Prof. Averbuch has supervised fourteen post-doctoral researchers, as well as more than 30 PhD students and 100 MSc students. Prior to joining ThetaRay, Prof. Averbuch was Research Staff Member with IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center in New York.

Mark Gazit

CEO

Prominent senior executive with 20 years of experience in Israeli and international high-tech companies. Mark served as General Manager of Nice Track, which provides software and hardware solutions to government agencies worldwide in the areas of information intelligence and cyber. He was also the CEO & Co-founder of SkyVision, which he took from the start-up stage to a valuation of $115 m. Mark has held additional pivotal roles in leading companies.

ADVISORY BOARD

Prof. Ronald Coifman

Co-Founder

Prof. Coifman is a faculty member at Yale University and he is one of the world’s leading mathematicians, with over 35 years of research and teaching experience. His focus is on non-linear Fourier analysis, wavelet theory, numerical analysis and big data processing. Prof. Coifman was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Clinton and he is a member of DARPA’s Advisory Board and the National Academy of Sciences.