Gideon Wertheizer has served as our Chief Executive Officer since May 2005. He joined our board of directors in January 2010. Mr. Wertheizer has 35 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 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 serves as our COO since April 2019. Prior to this, 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 the DSP Group since 1998, holding different engineering and R&D 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.
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.
Ilan Yona serves as VP and General Manager of Vision Business Unit at CEVA. Previously, Mr. Yona served as director of Imaging and Computer vision in CEVA’s R&D. In this role he was responsible for the algorithmic research in the area of image enhancement and computer vision together with embedded and real time implementations on CEVA’s CV cores. Before joining CEVA, he worked for RADVISION, beginning in 2008, and for Polycom, beginning in 1998, both in the video conferencing industry. In these two companies he was holding different engineering and R&D management positions. Mr. Yona holds a M.Sc. in Mathematics from the Technion, Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel,and holds several patents on DSP Technology.
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.