Top Executive to Leave Microsoft's Israeli Outpost
Yoram Yaacovi, general manager of Microsoft's Israel R&D center, will be leaving the company at the end of the year
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Mr. Yaacovi is considered to be the manager who put the Israeli R&D center on Microsoft's global map. He previously served as VP of product development at software corporation Amdocs.
|General manager Yoram Yaacovi||צילום: צביקה טישלר|
Microsoft's Israel R&D center was established in 1991, and became independent from Microsoft's other Israeli units in 2007. The center has two main locations, in Haifa where it originally opened and in Herzliya, 7 miles north of Tel Aviv. Microsoft also opened an R&D branch in Nazareth in 2016 in an effort to attract Israel's Arab citizens."Leaving wasn't an easy decision," Mr. Yaacovi wrote in a letter sent to employees Thursday morning. "Over the years we grew to 1000 engineers and built products like PowerBi, Excel Online and parts of Cortana." Mr. Yaacovi didn't provide a reason for his decision, though he did say he was leaving the company for "new challenges," without specifying details. He also didn't say who will replace him as general manager.