MEET THE TEAM

As a global company with headquarters in the U.S. and multi-national manufacturing, sales and support operations abroad, our technical expertise is readily accessible to our customers around the world.  Our extensive network of resources enables Aitech to provide a unique and innovative approach to design and customization, an important differentiator in the rugged embedded computing industry.

An important aspect of Aitech’s industry leadership position is that we invest more than 10% of sales back into our R&D efforts – well above the industry average. This fact is instrumental in helping us advance embedded computing technology with more cost-effective solutions and a faster time-to-market for customers needing to accommodate unique requirements. Our customers benefit from this forward-thinking approach, whether we are developing completely new designs or modifying existing base designs to meet your specific needs.

Yaron Mund

  • Responsibility: CEO
  • Joined Aitech: 2019
  • Education: B.Sc. Industrial Engineering, majoring in Information Systems – Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Graduated with honors. M.E. Industrial Engineering, majoring in Operations Management. Graduated Summa Cum Laude. Director's and Officer's Course - Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

Experience:

Over the past two decades, Yaron has managed a variety of business organizations. Most recently, he was COO of Caesarstone Ltd., a NASDAQ publicly traded entity, and CEO of Rotex, a TA publicly traded textile company.

Before that, Yaron was the Managing Director of Aviv AMCG, anl international consultancy with more than 250 professionals. Aviv specializes in providing guidance and support to CEOs of multiple companies, including several Israeli market leaders in the fields of Electronics and Mil & Aero, throughout significant processes of restructuring, growth, efficiency, turnaround, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and implementation.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” -Henry Ford

Daniel Kord

  • Responsibility: EVP
  • Joined Aitech: 1985
  • Education: B.Sc.BSEE - Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa MSEE - Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa Business Management for Executives – Tel Aviv University, Lahav Executive Education

Experience:

Early in his career, Dani served for five years in the Israeli Navy as an Electronics & Computers Officer, and led the team that specified and managed the design of rugged computers for a new class of ship for the Israeli Navy.

Dani has been with Aitech for more than three decades, initially as an engineer. Since 1993, he has held various management positions, where he provided leadership as the company grew from a startup, with just a few employees, to a world leader in rugged computing solutions with facilities in three countries. He also played a key role in establishing Aitech Defense Systems in the US in 2001.

Aitech will never leave a customer stranded.

Erez Konfino

  • Responsibility: CFO of Aitech Rugged Group, Inc.
  • Joined Aitech: 2008
  • Education: CPA (Israel) with a B.Sc. in Accounting and Finance, University of Buckingham

Experience:

With over 22 years of extensive experience in senior financial and operations management positions in high-tech industries, Erez has served as CFO of the Aitech Group for the last five. Prior to this appointment, Erez was VP Finance for Aitech Systems Ltd., the Group’s subsidiary in Israel.

As CFO, Erez’s primary focus is implementing the Aitech business strategy through the use of budgets, forecasts, cash flow management and accounting tools.

Prior to working at Aitech, Erez held senior finance management positions at Nuance Communications Inc. (a NASDAQ traded company that provides speech and imaging applications), Tadiran Telematics Ltd. (part of the Ituran group, an Israeli traded company specializing in vehicle security and RF telecommunication), and at KPMG as an auditor.

Maximizing customer value drives Aitech’s profits.

David Saar

  • Responsibility: CTO
  • Joined Aitech: 1985
  • Education: Electronic Engineering

Experience:

David joined Aitech in 1985, one year after the company was founded. He started as a hardware design engineer and became VP R&D in 1992. David was responsible for the design and development of most Aitech products, including systems, processor boards, graphics cards, power supplies, switches and more. David was also responsible for selecting the technologies, such as GPGPU and Intel processors, and the standards, such as VPX, VME, and CompactPCI, upon which Aitech’s products are based.

In his Business Development role, David works closely with customer technical and projects teams to define custom products for a wide range of applications, helping customers understand how Aitech’s products can provide the solutions they need.

At Aitech, David has put an emphasis on customer support, earning the company a reputation for going above and beyond to ensure customer satisfaction and project success.

Provide our customers with the most robust, reliable, and state of the art products.

C. S. Murthy

  • Responsibility: General Manager of Aitech Innovations India
  • Joined Aitech: 2017
  • Education: Bachelor of Engineering Instrumentation Technology – Bangalore University

Experience:

Having led the Indian office since its inception, Mr. Murthy brings with him a demonstrated and proven track record of helping to build the company, focusing on revenue growth, strategic financial planning, and partnerships. He has been working with Aitech since 2003.

Mr. Murthy has 20 years of experience in the defense industry, and ha worked with a range of technologies, from high tech computing solutions to communications systems, providing a rich blend of hardware solutions, services, system integration, and full-up projects for the local (India) and global defense and industrial markets.

Throughout his career, Mr. Murthy has developed an extensive network of contacts in both the public and private sectors, across multiple markets in India, and worldwide.

Build and lead the company to achieve market penetration.

Pratish Shah

  • Responsibility: General Manager of Aitech USA
  • Joined Aitech: 2019
  • Education: MBA from Pepperdine University – Malibu, CA. BS Computer Science with Minor in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Troy, NY.

Experience:

Pratish brings over 30 years of engineering, business development, marketing and management experience across enterprise, consumer electronics and defense industries to Aitech. In addition to leading the American business unit, Pratish helps develop the company’s global growth initiatives as well as manage its technology offerings.

For 10 years prior to joining the company, he lead global military defense companies, identifying new opportunities, leading mergers and acquisitions and building successful businesses.

 

Douglas Patterson

  • Responsibility: VP of Global Marketing
  • Joined Aitech: 2005
  • Education: BSEE – Bridgeport Engineering Institute, Sacred Heart University

Experience:

In his more than 30-year career working with embedded systems, Doug has been deeply involved in marketing, business development and product management, with several technical accomplishments in the field of harsh environment embedded computing and electronics for the defense and aerospace industries.

Doug’s focus at Aitech is to increase market share by generating new opportunities for product development and identifying strategic inroads into new and existing applications. This includes enhancing the Aitech brand and communicating the company’s value proposition, collaborating on R&D projects and promoting the company’s innovations in areas such as GPGPU processing, SWaP-optimized small form factors, and rad-hard systems for deployment in demanding rugged and space environments.


He continually contributes to industry standards that advance the embedded community, and served on the board of directors for the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA) from 2007 to 2012. During his tenure at Radstone Technology (now Abaco), Doug authored the first article (1988) that introduced the concept of NDI (Non-Developmental Item), now better known as COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf), as defined in the Perry Memo (1994).

Customer First, Quality Always.

Nitzanit Bar Levy

  • Responsibility: VP Human Resources
  • Joined Aitech: 2019
  • Education: MA in Labor Studies from the Tel-Aviv University.

Experience:

Nitzanit is responsible for the company’s human resources strategy and practices. With more than 15 years of experience as a senior HR leader at a number of companies, Nitzanit applies her extensive expertise for shaping the employee experience, driving cultural transformation, building both talent and leadership capabilities, and improving management processes for Aitech.

Prior to joining Aitech, Nitzanit was VP Human Resources at Taldor Computer Systems, VP Global HR at Ericom Software and head of the Human Resources Development branch at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

“Success in business is all about people, people, people. Whatever industry a company is in, its employees are its biggest competitive advantage.” –Richard Branson

Boris Baer

  • Responsibility: VP R&D
  • Joined Aitech: 1999
  • Education: BA Computer Science - The Open University of Israel MBA - The Open University of Israel Practical Electronic Engineer - Tel Aviv University, School of Practical Engineering

Experience:

Boris began his career at Aitech as a testing technician and worked his way up to hardware designer and, finally, VP R&D. Having come up through the ranks, Boris is intimately familiar with all aspects of development and testing at the company.

As VP R&D, Boris is responsible for the development of dozens of Aitech products including single board computers (SBCs), video/graphics boards, Ethernet switches, I/O boards, power supplies and rugged computer enclosures as well as the hardware and software/firmware engineers who develop them.

Boris is also supports customers when integrating Aitech products into their systems.

People – employees and customers – are the driving force of technology innovations.

Shylee Ben-David

  • Responsibility: VP Global PMO
  • Joined Aitech: 2019
  • Education: B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management – Technion, Israel Institute of Technology Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI) - Swinburne University of Technology (ISEMI).

Experience:

Over the past two decades, Shylee has worked as a senior project management specialist at various organizations and consulting firms, most recently at Aviv AMCG, a Subsidiary of MATRIX.

Her experience includes managing a group of 30 consulting engineers, in connection with various high risk, mega development projects in both the civil and defense sectors, for companies such as Elta, IAI, Rafael, IDF, MOD, IMI, Nice, Clicksoftware, Bank Hapoalim, IEC, Applied Materials, Tadiran, Elbit and others.

If you don’t know where you want to go, don’t be surprised if you don’t get there…” -Yogi Berra

Motti Shapira

  • Responsibility: VP Global Quality
  • Joined Aitech: 2019
  • Education: B.Sc. Electronics Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
    M.Sc. Reliability & Quality Assurance, Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
    MBA, The Open University of Israel. Graduated with honors

Experience:

With almost three decades of experience in quality management positions at industry-leading, multinational companies such as Kramer Electronics, Lumenis, and ECI Telecom, Motti has a proven track record in establishing quality management systems (QMS) that have significantly improved processes and product reliability, while reducing costs. He has also established environmental & safety management systems in order to comply with local, national and international requirements & regulations to ensure worker safety and to promote environmental responsibility.

Motti has extensive experience managing multinational quality teams (US, China, Japan) and supporting leading global customers. During his army service, he spent five years in the IDF Signal Corps as the head of a reliability group responsible for various defense projects.

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” -Henry Ford

Gil Barak

  • Responsibility: VP Global Operations
  • Joined Aitech: 2019
  • Education: EMBA – Executive Business Administration - Bar Ilan University, BA – Economics and Management – Academic College of Tel Aviv

Experience:

Gil brings to Aitech 20+ years of experience with global companies in the electronics sector, including rugged solutions, such as Enercon, Kramer Electronics and Alvarion.  He has vast experience in all aspects of operations including planning, purchasing & sourcing, production, engineering, configuration control, logistics, and supply chain management.

When you say jump, we say how high.

A. Murugan

  • Responsibility: R&D Manager, Aitech India
  • Joined Aitech: 2019
  • Education: Bachelor of Computer Science & Applications

Experience:

Murugan has more than two decades of experience in the field of product design & system integration. He has extensive expertise designing standard and custom system solutions in form factors such as VME, VPX, CompactPCI, and PMC/XMC, including small form factor (SFF) computing solutions.

Before Joining Aitech, Murugan spent over 18 years as a product engineering manager at an Indian defense system integration and product design company. He was instrumental in creating and mentoring the design team, and played a major role in the design and production of high speed backplanes, boards and custom solutions.

Murugan has executed and managed more than 200 custom solutions & integration projects for customers in India and worldwide.

Don’t wait for opportunity…create it!

Jerzy "George" Romaniuk

  • Responsibility: Director, Space R & D
  • Joined Aitech: 2013
  • Education: M.Sc. Electronic Engineering- Warsaw Technical University

Experience:

George has almost three decades of experience in senior management and product development positions, having been instrumental in the development of high reliability products for the telecommunications and oil & gas industries. During his career, he has designed VME cards as well as developed a state-of the art ASIC DMA, a family of low to medium power TV transmitters, PCI cards with up to 16 DSPs, DSP algorithms and an FPGA for real-time signal acquisition.

At Aitech, George concentrates on defining products to meet the needs of the growing space market. This requires familiarity with radiation effects mitigation, EEE parts reliability and up-screening of commercial parts. During the last six years, George provided technical assistance and direction for the following programs: Orbcomm Og2, CTS-100 CIS, Orion Media Converter, Dream Chaser, and many other commercial ventures.

He has also founded two start-ups, one of which was sold and subsequently became a public company.

Deliver affordable, high reliability systems for demanding space missions.

Emil Kheyfets

  • Responsibility: Director, Product Lines
  • Joined Aitech: 2006
  • Education: MSEE - University of Radio-Electronics and Automation, Moscow

Experience:

Emil has more than three decades of experience in engineering, engineering management, business development and product management positions. Prior to joining Aitech, Emil worked at VISTA Controls/Curtiss Wright Embedded Computing and at Applied Display Technologies, Inc. Throughout his career, Emil has been involved in the design and development of multiple embedded systems and card level products for defense, aerospace and space applications.

Since 2004, Emil has served as an active member of several working groups in the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA), including the VITA 65 OpenVPX working group.

Reliable, rugged, state-of-the-art technical solutions from Aitech are key ingredients for our customers’ success.

David Peterson

  • Responsibility: Chief Operating Officer, Aitech Defense Systems
  • Joined Aitech: 2012
  • Education: B.Sc. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering - Purdue University

Experience:

David has over 35 years of experience in the aerospace industry, having started out as a design engineer on the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) program at Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, CA. Since that time, David has taken on several challenging positions and projects in the industry, including owning and operating his own business for 12 years.

Throughout his career, David met many challenges head on and has always prevailed.

We are always facing new challenges in our industry, it is exciting to take these on and support our customers.

Avi Oriane

  • Responsibility: Projects Group Manager, IT Manager
  • Joined Aitech: 2001
  • Education: Electronics & Computer Science - Tel Aviv College PMP - Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Experience:

Avi joined the Aitech team in 2001 as configuration manager, and soon took on project management and IT manager responsibilities. He established the Projects Group at Aitech, which is responsible for projects involving rugged computer systems development for major defense and aerospace customers.

As the group leader, Avi manages performance, schedule, risk and budget for complex projects throughout their entire lifecycle. This incorporates end-to-end accountability both internally, with R&D, engineering, production, testing, integration, supply chain, QA and finance, and externally with subcontractors and customers.

Customer success is our success.

Dan Mor

  • Responsibility: Director, Product Lines
  • Joined Aitech: 2009
  • Education: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Experience:

Dan Mor is Aitech’s product line manager for GPGPU and HPEC computers, playing a key role in the architecture/design, strategic planning and roadmaps for those products. Dan is often seen at important trade shows, demonstrating these products and helping potential customers understand how Aitech’s GPGPU and HPEC products can benefit their programs. These interactions also inform Dan’s decision making process regarding product evolution and development of new products.

With both hardware and software expertise (five years of board design and 15 years of programming), Dan has a unique grasp of the elements required to develop a successful product and can anticipate potential system integration issues as well as envision the customization needed to meet specific customer requirements.

Prior to his current position at Aitech, Dan worked at Elbit Systems as software team leader for a Head Tracking System for Aircraft Helmets. In this capacity Dan was awarded a certificate of outstanding achievement in programming.

Dan also served as VP R&D at a high tech startup, contributing to its successful exit.

“The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.” -US Army Corps of Engineers