Gideon Wertheizer has served as our Chief Executive Officer since May 2005. He joined our board of directors in January 2010. Mr. Wertheizer has 36 years of experience in the semiconductor and Silicon Intellectual Property (SIP) industries. He previously served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the DSP business unit at CEVA. Prior to joining CEVA in November 2002, Mr. Wertheizer held various executive positions at DSP Group, Inc., including such roles as Executive VP – Strategic Business Development, Vice President for Marketing and Vice President of VLSI design. Mr. Wertheizer holds a BsC for electrical engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel and executive MBA from Bradford University in the United Kingdom.
Yaniv Arieli has served as our Chief Financial Officer since May 2005. Prior to his current position, Mr. Arieli served as President of U.S. Operations and Director of Investor Relations of DSP Group beginning in August 2002 and Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of DSP Group’s DSP Cores Licensing Division prior to that time. Before joining DSP Group in 1997, Mr. Arieli served as an account manager and certified public accountant at Kesselman & Kesselman, a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a leading accounting firm. Mr. Arieli is a CPA and holds a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Haifa University in Israel and an M.B.A. from Newport University and is also a member of the National Investor Relation Institute.
Michael Boukaya has served as our Chief Operating Officer since April 2019. Prior to this position, Mr. Boukaya served as our Vice President and General Manager of the wireless business unit since 2014. Previously, Mr. Boukaya served as VP and Chief Architect with overall responsibility for the research and development of next generation DSP cores, wireless platform architectures and multimedia processors. Before joining CEVA, he was with DSP Group, Inc., holding different engineering and research and development management positions. Mr. Boukaya holds a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from the Technion Technology Institute, graduated from Executive Program of Stanford Graduate School of Business, and holds several patents on DSP technology.
Issachar Ohana has served as our Vice President, Worldwide Sales, since November 2002 and our Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales, since July 2006. Prior to joining CEVA in November 2002, Mr. Ohana was with DSP Group beginning in August 1994 as a VLSI design engineer. He was appointed Project Manager of DSP Group’s research and development in July 1995, Director of Core Licensing in August 1998, and Vice President—Sales of the Core Licensing Division in May 2000. Mr. Ohana holds a B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel and an MBA from Bradford University in the United Kingdom.
Dana Maor-Megiddo serves as our VP People since January 2020. In this role, she leads the global human resource strategy and implementation at CEVA. Dana is a seasoned human resources executive with over 20 years of experience across industries and geographies, in companies that are fast growing, merging, and evolving. Previously, Mrs. Maor-Megiddo has served as Chief People Officer of ThetaRay, VP HR of MX1, and SVP HR at Perion, Frutarom Industries, Radvision (an Avaya Company) and Amdocs. She also spent two years as an independent human resources consultant for tech start-ups. Mrs. Maor-Megiddo holds a B.A. in Psychology and Criminology, and an M.A. in industrial and Social Psychology, both from Bar Ilan University.
Erez Bar-Niv has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor and silicon industries. Prior to joining CEVA, Mr. Bar-Niv served as the Vice President of R&D at the Cores BU of DSP Group. Prior to joining DSP Group in 1998, Mr. Bar-Niv held various R&D and application positions in National Semiconductor. Mr. Bar-Niv holds a B.Sc. for electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University in Israel and holds several US patents.
Moshe Sheier serves as our Vice President of Marketing. Mr. Sheier brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor IP and chip industry in both development and managerial roles. Prior to this position, Mr. Sheier was the Director of Product Marketing at CEVA and before that he has managed Xilinx Inc. partner program in EMEA. Before joining CEVA, he was with the DSP Group since 1993, holding different engineering and R&D management positions, including the VLSI Department Manager. Mr. Sheier holds several US patents in the area of DSP architectures, a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A.
Ran Snir serves as our Vice President of Research & Development at CEVA. Prior to this, Mr. Snir was the Director of VLSI. Mr. Snir has worked with CEVA / Licensing Division of DSP Group since 1999 serving as the Director of VLSI as well as various R&D positions within the department. Mr. Snir holds a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the Tel-Aviv University.
Aviv Malinovitch serves as VP and General Manager of the Mobile Broadband Business Unit since April 2019. Prior to this, Mr. Malinovitch has served as General Manager of CEVA’s Connectivity Business Unit since 2013, and before that he was CEVA’s VP of Operations since 2007. He brings with him many years of experience in the semiconductor industry starting from 1989. Mr. Malinovitch previously served as the General Manager of Infineon’s site in Israel, and before that as a Director of the engineering unit at National Semiconductor. Mr. Malinovitch holds a B.Sc. for electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University, Israel and an MBA (with honor) from The Arison School of Business, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Mr. Malinovitch holds several US patents.
Erez Natan serves as our VP and General Manager of the Vision Business Unit since January 2020. Prior to this, Mr. Natan was the Director of CEVA’s Machine Learning group since September 2018, a field which he originated and led at CEVA. He brings with him more than 14 years of experience in the Hi-Tech industry in both development and managerial roles, including being one of the pioneers of the Machine Learning field since 2015. Prior to joining CEVA, Mr. Natan served as the head of computer vision software development at Samsung LSI and as an OpenVX consortium member focused on bringing an open standard for cross platform acceleration of computer vision applications, and before that as an embedded algorithm engineer in the fields of video and computer vision. Mr. Natan holds a B.Sc. for Electrical Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University in Israel.
Ange Aznar has served as Vice President and General Manager of CEVA’s Wireless IoT Business Unit since April 2019. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in both development and managerial roles. Mr. Aznar was founder and CEO of RivieraWaves, a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi IP licensing company, which was acquired by CEVA in 2014. Following the acquisition, Mr. Aznar was Director of R&D and Strategy at CEVA from July 2014 until March 2019. Previous to RivieraWaves, he worked for WiPro-NewLogic as Director of Wireless IP, and for IBM in various engineering roles. Mr. Aznar has an Engineering degree from University of Nice, France and holds a number of patents in the areas of ATM and other Communication Technologies.
Chad Lucien serves as Vice President and General Manager of CEVA’s Sensor Fusion Business Unit. Previously, Mr. Lucien was President of Hillcrest Labs, a sensor fusion software and systems company, which was acquired by CEVA from InterDigital in July 2019. He brings nearly 25 years of experience having held a range of roles that have spanned sales, marketing, business development, and corporate finance. Before joining Hillcrest Labs, he held positions in software, consulting and investment banking firms. Mr. Lucien has a degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia in the United States.
Moshe Ragones serves as our Vice President of Software Deployment and Infrastructures. Prior to this, Mr. Ragones was CEVA’s Director of Software Development Automation Group since 2015. He brings with him more than 17 years of experience in the software industry in a range of roles spanning Software Development and Infrastructures in the domains of Cyber Security, Finance, Accounting, Algorithmic Trading, Data Science, and Business Development. Mr. Ragones holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the HIT Academy, and a B.A. in Accounting and Business Management from the Colman Academy.