Marc Zandman is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Chief Business Development Officer, and President of Vishay Israel Ltd. Mr. Zandman has been President of Vishay Israel Ltd. since 1998 and a Director of Vishay since 2001. Mr. Zandman was Vice Chairman of the Board from 2003 to June 2011, Chief Administration Officer from 2007 to June 2011, and Group Vice President of Vishay Measurements Group from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Zandman has served in various other capacities with Vishay since 1984. Mr. Zandman has served as the non- executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vishay Precision Group since the spin-off from Vishay on July 6, 2010. He is the son of the late Dr. Felix Zandman, founder and Vishay's former Executive Chairman. As Executive Chairman and Chief Business Development Officer, Mr. Zandman has a breadth of knowledge concerning the Company's businesses, as well as close familiarity with the Company's Israel operations where the Company conducts significant research and development and manufacturing activities.
Dr. Renee B. Booth has served since 1999 as President of Leadership Solutions, Inc., a boutique human resources consulting firm specializing in leadership assessment, selection, development and motivation. Prior to founding Leadership Solutions, Inc., Dr. Booth was the Eastern Regional Practice Leader for the Human Capital Group of Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Dr. Booth also served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources of financial services company ADVANTA Corporation, and spent more than a decade in senior positions with Hay Management Consultants. Dr. Booth is a Board of Trustee member at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia where she serves on the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Education Committee and past Chairman of the Compensation Committee. She previously served as a Board member of Kenexa, a human capital solutions provider, which was acquired by IBM and where she was Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Dr. Booth received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Maryland and a M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Booth brings to the Board extensive organizational experience with leadership assessment and development. Additionally, Dr. Booth’s current and prior positions as a director provide important expertise with human capital matters.
Michael J. Cody was, from 2009 until his retirement in 2017, Vice President of Corporate Development at Raytheon Company, a technology company specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. At Raytheon, Mr. Cody was responsible for overseeing all merger and acquisition activity, where he executed 18 transactions aggregating in excess of $4.3 billion in transaction value. From 2007-2009, Mr. Cody was a founding partner of Meadowood Capital LLC, a private equity firm focused on technology companies. From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Cody was Vice President of Corporate Development at EMC Corporation, a developer and provider of information infrastructure technology. Mr. Cody has previously served on the boards of Safeguard Scientific, Inc., a NYSE listed private equity and venture capital firm; and MTI Ltd., a private company in the UK specializing in cloud, security, and infrastructure. Mr. Cody brings to the Board extensive knowledge and experience with mergers and acquisitions as well as experience with technology and defense businesses. Additionally, Mr. Cody's experience as a director of publicly traded and private companies allows him to bring an important perspective to the Board.
Dr. Michiko Kurahashi has served since 2020 as an adjunct professor at New York University and College educating executives, graduate students, and undergraduates in the current trends in marketing, communications, public relations, and digital marketing technology applicable to a wide range of businesses and industries. From 2016 to 2020, Dr. Kurahashi was Chief Marketing Officer at AXIS Capital (NYSE: AXS), a global commercial insurer and reinsurer. In that role, Dr. Kurahashi launched the firm’s new “One AXIS” brand, implemented AI-driven marketing initiatives and streamlined marketing processes. Prior to that, Dr. Kurahashi was Head of Marketing at CIT Bank, an online bank, and held senior marketing and communication positions at global financial institutions including UBS AG and HSBC Private Bank. Throughout her career, Dr. Kurahashi has won numerous industry awards for her work. Dr. Kurahashi received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor; a M.A. in social stratification theory and a Ph.D. in quantitative research, labor markets from Cornell University. Dr. Kurahashi’s deep knowledge of corporate brand strategy and digital marketing expertise provides the Board with a key strategic and operational perspective in a continuously changing marketplace.
Dr. Abraham Ludomirski is the founder and, for more than the past five years, managing director of Vitalife Fund, a venture capital company specializing in high-tech electronic medical devices. He serves on the board of directors of POCARED Diagnostics, Ltd., Newpace Ltd., Sensible Medical Innovations Ltd., and Trig Medical, as well as serving as the Chairman of the Board of ENDOSPAN Ltd. and Endoran. He also serves as CEO of Illumigyn. He previously served on the board of Recro Pharma, Inc. and DIR Technologies. Dr. Ludomirski earned his M.D. at the Sackler Tel-Aviv University Medical School, specializing in OBGYN and completed his fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in maternal fetal medicine. In addition to his general familiarity with corporate affairs and governance, Dr. Ludomirski's work in the high-tech venture capital and medical fields gives him a valuable perspective on investment in innovative technologies.
Mr. Malvisi retired in 2021 as a senior partner in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s audit practice with more than 35 years of client service experience. During his career, Mr. Malvisi has managed several of Deloitte’s largest audit clients in the media & entertainment, and consumer products industries. He also spent several years in the firm’s Merger & Acquisition Services Group and National Office. Mr. Malvisi worked in Deloitte’s National Office Assurance Insights & Analysis Group and Accounting Research Group, where his responsibilities included quality and risk control and consultation on a wide range of accounting and financial reporting issues. He is a graduate of Fordham University, where he received an MBA in public accounting. Mr. Malvisi also served on the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York from 2008 through 2022, including its Audit Committee.
Ziv Shoshani is Chief Executive Officer and President, and a member of the board of directors of Vishay Precision Group, Inc., an independent, publicly-traded company spun off from Vishay on July 6, 2010. Mr. Shoshani was Chief Operating Officer of Vishay from January 1, 2007 to November 1, 2009, and had been Executive Vice President of Vishay from 2000 until the date of the spin-off, with various areas of responsibility, including Executive Vice President of the Capacitors and the Resistors businesses, as well as heading the Measurements Group and Foil Divisions. Mr. Shoshani was employed by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. from 1995 to 2010, and has been a member of the Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. Board of Directors since 2001. Mr. Shoshani's long-standing dedication to our Company, exemplified by his extensive management experience with Vishay Intertechnology prior to the VPG spin-off, as well as his experience as the CEO of a publicly-traded company, provide him with valuable insight into our business and operations, and makes him a valuable advisor to the Board. Mr. Shoshani is a nephew of Ruta Zandman.
Joel Smejkal was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and elected to the Vishay Board and to the Executive Committee, effective January 1, 2023. Mr. Smejkal has held various positions of increasing responsibility since joining Vishay in 1990 including Executive Vice President - Corporate Business Development (2020 - 2022), Executive Vice President and Business Head Passive Components (2017 - 2020) and Senior Vice President Global Distribution Sales (2012 - 2016). Mr. Smejkal's experience with Vishay includes worldwide and divisional leadership roles in engineering, marketing, operations and sales. He was a product developer of 18 U.S. Patents for the Power Metal Strip® resistor technology.
Timothy V. Talbert retired in 2018 from his positions as Senior Vice President of Credit and Originations for Lease Corporation of America ("LCA"), a national equipment lessor (since July 2000) and President of the LCA Bank Corporation, a bank that augments LCA's funding capacity (since its founding in January 2006). Previously, Mr. Talbert was Senior Vice President and Director of Asset Based Lending and Equipment Leasing of Huntington National Bank from 1997 to 2000; and prior to that, served in a variety of positions with Comerica Bank for more than 25 years. Mr. Talbert previously served on the board of directors and was a member of the audit committee of Siliconix incorporated, a NASDAQ-listed manufacturer of power semiconductors of which the Company owned an 80.4% interest, from 2001 until the Company acquired the noncontrolling interests in 2005. Mr. Talbert has also served on the board of Vishay Precision Group since it was spun off from the Company in 2010. Mr. Talbert's previous and current service as a director of publicly traded companies allows him to bring an important perspective to the Board. Additionally, Mr. Talbert's service as the president of a federally regulated institution gives him relevant understanding of compliance with complex regulations and current accounting rules which add invaluable expertise to our Board.
Jeffrey. H. Vanneste served, from 2012 until his retirement in 2019, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lear Corporation, a global automotive technology leader in seating and electrical and electronic systems. Prior to joining Lear, Mr. Vanneste served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for International Automotive Components Group ("IAC") from 2011 to 2012 and as Chief Financial Officer for IAC North America from 2007 to 2012. Prior to joining IAC, Mr. Vanneste worked with Lear Corporation in finance positions of increasing responsibility over more than 15 years. Our Board appointed Mr. Vanneste to become Chairman of the Audit Committee effective immediately prior to the commencement of the annual meeting, and our Board has determined that Mr. Vanneste qualifies as an Audit Committee financial expert under the rules of the SEC. Mr. Vanneste’s experience as the Chief Financial Officer of a multinational, publicly-traded company and as a board member of another publicly-traded company allows him to bring an important perspective to the Board and the Audit Committee.
Ruta Zandman is a private stockholder and the wife of the late Dr. Felix Zandman, Vishay's founder and former Executive Chairman. Mrs. Zandman has sole or shared voting power over approximately 42.8% of the Company's total voting power, for which it is deemed appropriate that she serve as a member of the Company's Board. Mrs. Zandman was employed by Vishay as a public relations associate from 1993 to May 2011, and usually accompanied Dr. Zandman as a representative of Vishay; she provides the Board with valuable insight into the Company and its history, as well as her understanding of Dr. Zandman's vision and the evolution of our operations.
Raanan Zilberman was Chief Executive Officer of Caesarstone Ltd., a NASDAQ-listed multinational manufacturer of high quality engineered quartz surfaces with operations in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., and Israel, from February 2017 to March 2018. Prior to that, from 2008 to 2016, Mr. Zilberman served as Chief Executive Officer of Eden Springs, a Swiss-based leading provider of water and coffee services to European workplaces with production facilities and subsidiaries in 18 European countries that was formed by a series of acquisitions that Mr. Zilberman led. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Zilberman was Chief Executive Officer of Danone Springs, a joint venture between Danone, a multinational food manufacturer, and Eden Springs, with a European-wide water production and distribution footprint. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Zilberman served as Chief Executive Officer of Tedea Huntleigh, a company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange engaged in the production and marketing of electromechanical sensors. Tedea Huntleigh was acquired by Vishay in 2002, and from 2002 to 2004, Mr. Zilberman was President of Vishay's transducers business, which was formed from a series of five acquisitions. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Zilberman served as Chief Operating Officer of Tadiran Appliances, a manufacturer of air conditioners and refrigerators and a subsidiary of Carrier Global. Mr. Zilberman's previous service as a Chief Executive Officer of publicly traded multinational companies, including his experience in M&A, allows him to bring an important perspective to the Board. Additionally, his past experience with Vishay provides him with valuable insight of our business and operations.