Leadership

Management Team

Ofer Shapiro, President, CEO, Board Member & Co-Founder

Ofer Shapiro

President, CEO, Board member and co-founder

Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry since 1996. He was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture and gatekeepers, developed the use of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for video conferencing, and led the development of a new media relay based architecture- the VidyoRouter. Ofer is a named inventor on 40 issued and 28 pending patent families. He was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and received the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Disruption in the category of Internet, Networking and Broadband.

David Kaminsky, Chief Financial Officer, Vidyo, Inc.

David Kaminsky

Chief Financial Officer

David is a veteran finance and administration executive with more than 25 years of diverse experience that includes significant positions overseeing all aspects of global financial, IT and business operations. Prior to joining Vidyo, David was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NTT Data Inc.(a combination of Keane, Inc., Intelligroup, Inc., MISI Inc., Revere Inc. and Vertex Inc.), where he oversaw global finance, IT management and Administrative Operations. Before his work at NTT Data Inc., David was the CFO of Altegrity, Inc., where he was responsible for all finance, tax, sourcing, and IT infrastructure operations. David spent 12 years at the General Electric Company where he was the CFO of GE Commercial Finances North American Leasing Operations, CFO of GE Commercial Distribution Finance, CFO of GE Information Technology Services Managed Services Business and European Operations. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Bridgeport.

Eran Westman, Chief Revenue Office

Eran Westman

Chief Revenue Officer

Eran leads all sales and support efforts worldwide and has more than 20 years of business leadership experience and a demonstrated track record of guiding sales organizations to the next level of growth. Eran served as EVP of Global Business, President of Asia Pacific and VP of EMEA at Ceragon Networks, the largest independent supplier of wireless backhaul systems. He joined Ceragon as one of the first 15 employees when the company was pre-revenue and built a global organization of over 800 people across Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. He led the global GTM strategy and managed teams that supported customers in cloud and telecom service providers, government, healthcare, education, and utilities. He received a Bachelor of Law degree from Bar Ilan University.

Dr. Alex Eleftheriadis, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder

Dr. Alex Eleftheriadis

Chief Scientist and co-founder

Alex drives the technical vision and direction for Vidyo and also represents the company on standardization committees and technical advisory boards. He is an award-winning researcher, bringing over 23 years of research experience in video compression and communications to his role at Vidyo. Prior to Vidyo he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. Alex has more than 100 publications, holds 64 patents (several of which are used in Blu-ray Disc, H.264/AVC, and ATSC digital television systems), and has served as the Editor of the MPEG-4 Systems specification, Co-Editor of the H.264 SVC Conformance specification, and Co-Editor of IETF’s RTP Payload Format for SVC.  He is a Member of the Boards of IMTC and of the UCI Forum, and co-chairs the IMTC SVC Activity Group as well as the UCI Forum’s SVC Technical Working Group.

Amnon Gavish, Sr. Vice-President, Vertical Solutions

Amnon Gavish

Senior Vice President, Vertical Solutions

Amnon brings more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications market. Before joining Vidyo in October 2009, Amnon was the Chief Technology Officer at Keisense Inc., an innovator in the field of textual user interface for Computer Electronics devices. Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Development at RADVISION, where he was responsible for the company’s strategic partnerships and for the definition of the company’s product offering to the service providers market. Amnon was the CEO and co-Founder of Surf Communications, where he was responsible for all company activities, from product inception, through go-to-market strategy, strategic partnerships and sales. Amnon holds a Sc.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Steve Lehman, General Counsel

Steve Lehman

General Counsel

Steve is a senior corporate counsel with deep expertise leading teams in business deals of major strategic importance. Before joining Vidyo, Steve served as chief corporate counsel for the global financial information, technology and media business of Thomson Reuters and its predecessor Reuters, where he played a pivotal leadership role in a number of major transformational transactions, including the combination of The Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group PLC in 2007-2008. Prior to joining Reuters, Steve was a corporate attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett law firm in New York where his practice included M&A, minority and venture capital investments, joint ventures/strategic alliances, public offerings, credit facilities, and general corporate advice and representation. Previous to that, he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable John S. Martin, Jr., US District Court in the Southern District of New York. Steve received his JD from Columbia University School of Law, and his BA from Dartmouth College in computer science.

Tami Lev-Golan, Sr. Vice-President, Human Resources

Tami Lev-Golan

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Tami is responsible for leading the strategy and initiatives for leadership development, recruiting, performance management, compensation, and benefits across all Vidyo offices worldwide. Mrs. Lev-Golan has over 15 years of leadership and development experience, with a diverse background in HR, recruiting, and operations management for fast growing high-tech organizations. Prior to joining Vidyo, she led the Global HR, and operations, at NICE-Actimize, the world’s largest and broadest financial crime, risk and compliance solutions provider. Mrs. Lev-Golan holds a BA in Business & Industrial Psychology from Baruch College and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

Yossi Massafi, Sr. Vice-President, Worldwide Sales Operations

Yossi Massafi

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales Operations

Yossi has over 13 years of experience in video technology having worked in numerous roles and capacities including sales, engineering, customer support and professional services. Prior to joining Vidyo, Yossi was General Manager, US Video Division, of Magal Security Systems Ltd., a worldwide provider of hardware and software solutions for the security market. Before his tenure at Magal, Yossi was Director of NiceVision Americas Customer Services at NICE Systems Inc. At NICE, Yossi was part of the core team that launched the company’s video security division in the US and key instrumental individual in securing the first deals for the US region. Yossi holds an Aerospace Engineering degree from the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

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Michal Raz

Vice President, Business Development

Michal Raz is Vice President of Business Development at Vidyo and is responsible for strategic partnerships that align with the Vidyo strategy for video collaboration and virtualization. Michal brings over 17 years of background in business development, strategic planning, marketing and engineering. Michal joined Vidyo from RADVISION where she served in a series of roles in engineering, business development, marketing and strategy. Michal is a visual communications veteran with a passion for innovation. Michal graduated with honors with a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Michal also received a Software Engineering scholarship from the Israeli electronics industry consortium and the Technion.

Roi Sasson, Sr. Vice-President, Engineering

Roi Sasson

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Roi has a proven track record of technology execution and delivery with 20 years in the telecom and datacom domains. Before joining Vidyo, Roi led the development of IP-based network access and soft-switching solutions. Prior to that he participated in the founding of a start-up company where he led the software development for a distributed, multi-service access multiplexer.

Amir Shaked, Sr. Vice-President, Product Marketing

Amir Shaked

Senior Vice President of Product Management

Amir brings a great wealth of experience to Vidyo’s product team and is driving the company’s entire product portfolio, road map and leading product strategy. Prior to joining Vidyo, Amir was responsible for ComQi’s North American ecosystem of partnerships and for channel sales. Amir also served as the CEO of DiskSites, an application acceleration company he sold to Expand Networks, and the founder and CEO of CeLight, where he raised $47M from leading investors including Goldman Sachs. Previously, Amir was President of North America at Accord Video Telecommunications where he was instrumental in achieving a 10X ROI for investors, realized when Polycom acquired Accord for $350M in 2001. Amir has a B.Sc. Summa Cum Laude in math and computer science from Tel Aviv University.

Joan Vandermate, Vice-President, Marketing

Joan Vandermate

Vice President, Marketing

Joan brings over 20 years of experience leading marketing, product management, sales and business development teams to her role at Vidyo. Her background includes tenures in a variety of industries including telecommunications, enterprise software, video conferencing and network infrastructure with companies ranging from micro-cap to Fortune 50. Prior to joining Vidyo, Joan’s roles included serving as global Vice President of Marketing for Polycom, Vice President of Product Management at Siemens Enterprise Communications and Director of Contact Center Product Management for Avaya.

Robb Cason, Vice-President, Adoption Services

Robb Cason

Vice President, Adoption Services

Robb brings over 25 years of Marketing and Sales experience and is a leader in creating programs for driving adoption of conferencing solutions. Before joining Vidyo, Cason served as Vice President of Sales at Voice Assist and served as Vice President of Collaboration at InterCall where he was responsible for delivery of Unified Communication products, training, and adoption services into Fortune 100 companies. Prior to InterCall, he was the Founder/CEO of Corvent, specializing in adoption services for conferencing vendors which quickly became the vendor of choice amongst partners, resellers and end users using web conferencing or implementing unified communications solutions. He also led a team at Microsoft/Placeware where he enabled strategic partners MCI, British Telecom, and Intercall to achieve greater than 100 percent year-over-year growth in Live Meeting revenue by “farming” their accounts through innovative adoption programs. Cason holds a BS in Business from Oregon State University and lives with his family in Portland, OR.

Jim Fairweather, Vice-President, Worldwide Channels & Sales

Jim Fairweather

Vice President, Worldwide Channels and Sales

Jim drives the recruitment, growth and profitability of Vidyo’s Global Channels, OEMs and Service Providers. Jim has held several Executive Management positions in the VC and UC market for over 13 years. His long standing commitment to client relationships and customer satisfaction has been a key contributor to his success. Prior to joining Vidyo, Jim was VP of Worldwide Sales for HP’s Visual Collaboration Business Unit. He was responsible for global sales, channel strategy, and HPVC field engagement with over 25,000 Sales Professionals at Hewlett Packard. Jim grew HPVC revenue, established sales plans and recruited strategic distributors and channels. Prior to his tenure at HP, Jim was Vice President, Americas & US Sales at Polycom, PictureTel and MCI WorldCom. He was responsible for the revenue attainment of over $1B, and led several large sales organizations. Jim is very well known and highly respected in the industry. His strategic relationships and influence have significantly contributed to the growth of the UC industry over the years. Jim completed the Executive Management Program at the University of Michigan and holds a BS in Accounting from Bentley University.

Brett Flenniken, Vice-President, Vertical Sales

Brett Flenniken

Vice President, Vertical Sales

Brett has over 22 years of communication and networking industry experience in a broad range of roles in both public and private companies, including Engineering, Sales Engineering, Product Marketing, Product Management, Sales, Business Development and Sales leadership at companies such as Bell Atlantic (now Verizon), Lucent Technologies, Polycom and Radvision. Brett was most recently Director of Sales at 2Wire where he led strategic sales efforts at 3 of the Top 11 US Service Providers, and prior to that was Vice President, Americas Sales and Business Development at WatchGuard Technologies. Brett earned a BS in Electrical Engineering (magna cum laude) from West Virginia University.

Eric Le Guiniec, Vice-President & General Manager, EMEA

Eric Le Guiniec

Vice President & General Manager, EMEA

Eric has a proven track record working with major enterprise accounts, service providers, system integrators, and telecom equipment suppliers. He joins from Arel where he was Vice President EMEA, and from First Virtual Communications (FVC) where he served as Vice President EMEA Sales. He has also spearheaded the sales operation in France at Tekelec Europe for the company’s service provider products. Eric has an MS, Sales and Marketing from Universite de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambresis, and a BS in Computer Science from Universite Paris X Nanterre.

Dan Hochberg, Vice-President & General Manager, Worldwide Service Provider Business

Dan Hochberg

Vice President & General Manager, Worldwide Service Provider Business

Dan has over 17 years of experience in senior management positions, 10 with companies centered around video technologies in general and video conferencing in particular. Prior to joining Vidyo, Dan held a number of key positions with DVTEL, a leader in the video surveillance market, including VP of Business Development and Global Sales and VP of Product and Marketing. Dan was the founder and an Executive VP of Business Development at Axxana, a vendor in the data protection and business continuity field. He also worked with RADVISION as the General Manager for its overall APAC operations and as VP of Product, Marketing and RoW Sales for its technology business unit. Dan received his BA in Economics and Management from Tel Aviv University in Israel and Masters in Business from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.

Greg Thener, Vice-President, Sales, CALA, Australia, New Zealand

Greg Thener

Vice President, Sales, CALA, Australia, New Zealand

Greg Thener joined Vidyo, Inc. just as the company began to offer it’s disruptive video conferencing technology. He has been a part of the video conferencing market almost since it’s inception, starting his career at Rockwell International as a Senior Telecommunications Analysts. Prior to Vidyo, Thener most recently came from Ubiquity Software (acquired by Avaya), and Voyant Technologies (acquired by Polycom). Thener has held a variety of positions ranging from systems engineering to senior sales management at leading videoconferencing players including PictureTel (acquired by Polycom), VideoServer/Ezenia, STARBAK, CUseeMe Networks (where he grew the region from 200K per year to 3 million dollars), First Virtual, Madge Networks and Teleos. Thener has developed significant relationships throughout the Asia Pacific/Australasia markets as well as Latin America and Canada.

Chris Thomas, Vice-President – Sales, North America

Chris Thomas

Vice President, Sales, North America

Chris brings over 19 years of senior management experience with leading global providers of technology, marketing and process management solutions. Prior to joining Vidyo, Chris was Senior VP of Business Development at Intralinks, Inc., where he was responsible for building a global network of strategic business partners. Chris was also the Eastern Regional Sales Manager at Kontiki, a venture-funded leader in business and broadcast video on-demand solutions for Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to Kontiki, he was President and CEO of Summitworks Technologies, Inc., a provider of project-based consulting and outsourced IT solutions. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

William Yu, Vice-President – Sales, Asia Pacific

William Yu

Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific

William joins Vidyo with over 17 years of video conferencing experience with Lifesize, Polycom and PictureTel. Prior to joining Vidyo, William was with Lifesize Communications, where he was the Director of Sales for APAC and built their channels and sales organization covering 14 countries in the region. William was also the Director of Asia Pac Sales for Polycom, where he led their expansion into the video conferencing market, and the Regional Technical Manager for PictureTel Asia. William received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. William is based in Hong Kong.

Board of Directors

Avery More

Chairman and co-founder

Avery brings more than thirty years of technology expertise to his leadership role at Vidyo. Avery has founded and guided technology startups, managed publicly traded corporations and led mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings for several companies during the past 30 years. He was Founder and CEO of CompuCom where his strategic direction and vision led the company to become a more than $1Billion publicly-traded company. In addition to Vidyo, he is currently the executive chairman of the boards of AeroScout, WaveBender and Phynomics, and a board member of SolarEdge.

Ofer Shapiro

President, CEO, Board member and co-founder

Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry since 1996. He was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture and gatekeepers, developed the use of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for video conferencing, and led the development of a new media relay based architecture- the VidyoRouter. Ofer is a named inventor on 40 issued and 28 pending patent families. He was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and received the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Disruption in the category of Internet, Networking and Broadband.

Dr. Jon Bayless

General Partner, Sevin Rosen Funds

Jon has been with Sevin Rosen Funds since its first fund, and has served as chairman of both Landmark Graphics Corporation and CIENA Corporation, two public companies funded by Sevin Rosen Funds. In addition to the Vidyo™ board, he is currently serving on the boards of Xtera Communications, General Bandwidth, Chiaro Networks, and Covaro Networks.

Doug Carlisle

Managing Partner, Menlo Ventures

Doug joined Menlo Ventures in 1982. Prior to Menlo Ventures, he worked as a design engineer at ROLM Corporation. At Menlo, Doug focuses primarily on information technology companies. Doug is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (B.S. in Electrical Engineering), Stanford University Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.), and Stanford University Law School (J.D.).

Timothy L. Krongard

Partner, QuestMark Partners

Tim joined QuestMark at its founding in 1998 as the Chief Financial Officer. He currently serves on the boards of Enpirion, Overture Networks, RF Code, and Thrift Recycling Management. In the past, he served on the boards of NetBotz (acquired by American Power Conversion), RealLifeHR (acquired by Hewitt Associates), SeniorHealth and Engineous Software (acquired by Dassault Systems).

Joshua Ruch

Managing Partner, Rho Ventures

Joshua co-founded Rho Ventures in 1981. Prior to 1981, he was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers in New York. He received an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a BSc. in electrical engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion). His current and recent board seats include: GenVec, Diversa, Sionex, Yantra, Enerkem, Inotek and WiNetworks.

Ken Sawyer

Managing Director and Founder, Saints

Ken is a managing director and founder of Saints. Saints is a venture capital and private equity firm founded in 2000 and is the largest global direct secondary firm in the world. Ken focuses on the software and internet industries and also serves on the boards of Alliance Consulting, Acsis, Coloredge, KXEN, Laureate Pharmaceuticals and on the non-profit board of the Hope Street Group. He has previously been selected as a member of the Forbes Midas list for several years, where he was recognized as one of the top 100 investors in venture capital globally. Ken received a BS in Engineering at Stanford University and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford.