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Bio/Description

With over 40 years of accomplishments in the digital TV industry, he started his television life in 1974 at IBM’s Research Division, working on advanced digital signal processing techniques. He is an Israeli businessman born in Romania. He graduated from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology with B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1967 and 1971 respectively. He did his graduate work at Princeton University in the U.S. on Digital Signal Processing and received his Ph.D. in 1974. From 1967 to 1971 he was a Technical Officer in the Israeli Army Signal Corps. From 1974 to 1993 he worked for IBM's Research Division in the United States; initially as a research scientist and later in research management, his last position was Vice President for Systems and Software, with management responsibility for all worldwide research and advanced development activities in the IBM Research Division. In December, 1991 he was featured in the cover story of the N.Y. Times Sunday business section for his innovative internal start-up on the Power Visualization System. From 1993 to 1995 he served as Senior Vice President for Business Development at Elron in Israel, where he started the first Internet ISP, and e-commerce sites in Israel. Until July 2012, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NDS Group, Ltd., a leading provider of technology solutions for the pay TV industry. He was appointed to this position in 1995 and during his tenure the company expanded rapidly and grew twenty fivefold to $1B in sales. NDS became known as the leading provider of content protection and software systems for pay TV providers, worldwide. A proportion of this growth, approximately 35% of revenues, has resulted from being News Corporation's in-house technology provider and the continuing success of that company's pay TV strategy. NDS was a public company listed on NASDAQ: NNDS between November 1999 to February 2009, and was taken private in February 2009 at a $3.6B valuation. It is now jointly owned by Permira, the majority shareholder, and News Corporation. In July 2012 Cisco acquired NDS Group Ltd. for $5B. From July 2012 to January 2014 he served as a Senior Vice President, Strategy in Cisco's Video and Collaboration Group. He is currently a Senior Advisor to Permira private equity, is on the Board of Inmarsat, and a principal in CyberCloud Ventures - an investment company he founded. In March, 2013 he accepted the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from Digital TV Europe, as part of its “Euro 50 Awards” at that week’s Cable Congress.