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Israel Appoints New Head for Government’s Technology Investment Arm

Israel Appoints New Head for Government’s Technology Investment Arm

Israel’s Minister of Economy appointed KLA-Tencor executive to head the Israeli Innovation Authority

Meir Orbach  :  2017-09-11T14:35:00..

Israel's Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen appointed Ami Appelbaum as chairman of the Israeli Innovation Authority, a role previously known as Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry announced Monday.

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Also known as the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy, the Israeli Innovation Authority is a government-funded organization directing governmental investments in technology research and development in Israel. It has an annual budget of over $450 million (1.6 billion shekels).
Chairman of the Israeli Innovation Authority Ami Appelbaum Chairman of the Israeli Innovation Authority Ami Appelbaum Chairman of the Israeli Innovation Authority Ami Appelbaum

A veteran of the semiconductor industry, Mr. Appelbaum is the former president of the Israeli subsidiary of chip defect inspection equipment company KLA-Tencor.

"Dr. Appelbaum's experience leading the Israeli operation of an international company, plus his expertise in development and production as well as export, are necessary to promote other Israeli companies in their transition from research and development to production," Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen said in a statement.

Earlier this year, Mr. Cohen appointed Aharon Aharon, former head of Apple’s activity in Israel, to the role of CEO of the Israeli Innovation Authority.
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