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Board of Directors
David Schapiro, CEO
A visionary and seasoned executive in the field of business software solutions, Mr. Schapiro has over 20 years of marketing, technology and business experience in senior management positions. Prior to Earnix, Mr. Schapiro served as Executive Vice President of Markets and Products at ClickSoftware (NASDAQ: CKSW), where he was also a key factor in driving the company from its founding, through an IPO, to the position of leading provider of Service Optimization Solutions. Mr. Schapiro is well versed in growing software companies in dynamic markets. He has consulted for numerous venture capital funds and leading startup companies where he helped define the marketing, product, and overall business strategy. Prior to his position at ClickSoftware Mr. Schapiro held management and development positions at Applied Materials, Scitex, and Control Data Corporation. Mr. Schapiro holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University, and a Master’s in Computer Science from Bar-Ilan University.
Sammy Krikler, Founder & Head of Insurance Business
Mr. Krikler founded Earnix in 2001 with the vision of empowering financial institutions to harness customer data, make optimal business decisions and improve their performance. As the company’s Head of Insurance Business, he is responsible for leading Earnix strategy for insurer carriers worldwide as well as governance of project delivery, analytic innovation and account management globally.
Over the past 20 years, Mr. Krikler has been a pioneer in the innovation of analytical solutions for financial service companies, advising numerous clients on leveraging the power of their data and applying it to optimization in pricing and customer interactions. Prior to founding Earnix, Mr. Krikler worked as R&D Manager of Eventus R&D, where he led teams of mathematicians, statisticians, economists and software engineers in the development of mathematical models for forecasting, derivatives pricing and risk management of financial markets. Mr. Krikler holds a BSc in statistics from Hebrew University.
Haim Kopans, Venture Partner JVP & Partner and CTO, JVP Studio
Haim is one of the foremost experts in the field of database and business process technologies in the world today. Founder and former CTO of Precise Software Solutions, a JVP portfolio company and leading provider of business and e-commerce application performance management solutions, Haim assisted in growing Precise from its founding in 1990 through a successful IPO in 2000. In 2003, Precise was acquired by Veritas for $609 million. Before joining Precise, Haim was a consultant with SCP Systems, and a systems analyst for the Israeli Defense Forces. With over 25 years of high-tech experience, Haim’s reputation and in-depth knowledge of the sector helped to make Precise the industry leader that it is today. Haim holds a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Bar Ilan University, and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Amit Frenkel, General Partner, Vintage Investment Partners
Amit Frenkel is a general partner at Vintage Investment Partners, the only secondary fund manager and fund of funds manager focused on Israel with $460 million under management. Prior to joining Vintage Investment Partners in 2005, Amit acted as venture capitalist for 15 years and was a General Partner in Carmel Ventures, Israel Infinity, and Clalit Capital Fund LP. Amit was active in investing, building and promoting portfolio companies throughout their life cycle. His track record includes exits in the following companies: Alvarion, Nur Macroprinters, Paradigm Geophysical, Celletra, Radvision, NiceCom, Viryanet, ProActivity, Unipier, Netformx and others. Before becoming a venture capitalist, Amit was Vice President of Clal Issuing Ltd., the largest investment banking house in Israel, where he led numerous M&A and private placement transactions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Red Bend, Trivnet, Earnix, Ophirtech and various Vintage entities.
Amit received an MBA from the University of Michigan with honors and a BA in Accounting and Economics from Tel Aviv University.
Raffi Kesten, Managing Partner at JVP
Raffi brings to Earnix a breadth of experience and a long track record in growing businesses on a global scale. Raffi serves now as special advisor to the Cisco Video division as well as advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Cisco, Mr. John Chambers. Until recently, Raffi was Vice President of Service Provider Video Security, Software & Solutions Group at Cisco Systems. Prior to the acquisition of NDS in 2012 by Cisco, Raffi was Senior Vice President and the Chief Operating officer of the NDS Group, and General Manager of NDS Israel. Prior to joining NDS, Raffi was VP of Operations and Production of Imaging Products at printing innovator Indigo, subsequently sold to HP. Raffi also held several engineering and managerial positions at Intel in the US and Israel.