Erez Kahani, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kahani was nominated CEO of PowerID Ltd. after serving as Executive Vice President of Power Paper's PowerID Division from early 2006. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of Power Paper for four and a half years, during which he led two major fund raising rounds. Before joining Power Paper in 2001, Mr. Kahani held management positions for 10 years as at Gilat Satellite Networks (Nasdaq: GILT), a world leader in satellite communications. In his capacity as director of business development, he worked with strategic partners in the USA and Europe, established and managed several joint ventures in China, and was involved in securing financing from several international partners. As controller, he was very involved in Gilat's initial public offering on Nasdaq and several follow-on public offerings. Mr. Kahani holds a B.A. in economics and business administration from Tel Aviv University, where he also completed three years of MBA studies.
Zvi Nitzan, Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Nitzan is the inventor of PowerID's thin and flexible batteries. He co-founded Power Paper -- the company from which PowerID was spun off -- and served as its CTO since its inception. Mr. Nitzan was instrumental in developing Power Paper's manufacturing technologies and in integrating the battery into various devices, including cosmetics patches and RFID labels. He holds ten patents and co-patents in various fields, three of which are related to the Power Paper battery and its uses. Mr. Nitzan is an electronics engineer with 30 years experience in research and development of electronic products and systems. He began his career in the defense industry, where he was active for some 10 years (up to the level of Division Manager at Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd.), acquiring extensive expertise in sophisticated electronic systems, through the development of special advanced electronic warfare techniques and technologies. In 1980, he established Atir Ltd. and served as its VP and R&D Manager until 1997, where he developed and produced a tracking radar system intended for upper air meteorological and pollution monitoring.
Lior Rapaport, Vice President of Sales
Mr. Rapaport brings to PowerID more than 12 years of experience in managing worldwide sales organizations. He was previously co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of a wireless automation startup company developing long range active RFID tags and also served as VP Sales and VP Business Development for various telecommunication startup companies. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Gilat Satellite Networks Europe (NASDAQ: GILT), where he headed sales and marketing activities in the EMEA region.