The management of EMC’s Israel Center of Excellence is comprised of a group of industry veterans with years of experience in international corporations, venture capital funds and the Israeli military. In complete synergy with the ecosystem, the Center´s leaders work to uphold the principles of EMC´s corporate management – accelerating the journey to cloud computing, designing cutting-edge products and services, offering security as a service and, promoting innovation, career development and sustainability.
Orna Berry, Ph.D.
Corporate Vice President and Center of Excellence General Manager
Dr. Berry is a recognized entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the Israeli science, technology and venture capital industries. She is known for her efforts to promote excellence, entrepreneurship and innovation in Israeli society. Throughout her career, Dr. Berry has held a wide range of key positions with significant social and public impact – she was a founding partner of OrNet Communications, held the position of Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the Israeli government, served as the Chairperson of the Israeli Venture Capital Funds Association (IVA), and was previously a Venture Partner at Gemini Israel Funds. Dr. Berry has also held a number of positions related to consulting and management of scientific research at Fibronix, IBM, Intel and UNISIS. She currently serves as the Corporate Vice President of EMC Corporation and the General Manager of Israel's EMC Center of Excellence. In addition, Dr. Berry serves as a Director at PrimeSense, a globally recognized technology company; the Chairperson of the Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce (IACC) and the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Academic College Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Most recently, she was the recipient of the "Yakirat Ha'Negev" award from Ben Gurion University, which recognized her achievements and excellence in the technology industry, as well as her successful entrepreneurship ventures and profound involvement in establishing an EMC R&D branch in the Negev region.
Vice President, Global New Business Development
Gil heads EMC Global New Business Development activities in Israel and Russia, and also supports similar efforts in China. In Israel, Gil leads EMC’s relationship with local venture capitals funds, investment banks, private investors, entrepreneurs, universities and startups. He represents EMC externally with partners, the Israeli government, and at various technology forums, and develops the plans and oversees execution of EMC's strategic investments. Furthermore, Gil represents EMC on the board of its Israeli investment portfolio companies. He joined EMC in 2002 at the company's headquarters in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and relocated back to Israel in 2007. Previously, he served in a range of engineering positions at Cisco and Intel. He holds an MBA from Boston University and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion.
Vice President, RecoverPoint
Gil is a professional executive with over 30 years of engineering experience in leading large global engineering organizations, setting strategies, and driving organizational operations. Since joining EMC in 1998 to manage the Symmetrix quality-assurance organization, Shapira has held a range of positions in the engineering unit, where he contributed to the quality and interoperability of EMC products. Prior to joining EMC, Shapira held different positions in the Israeli high-tech industry, including managing an IT group and leading various R&D organizations that develop digital transmission equipment and access systems, integrate and adopt telephone switches to different market needs, and develop software applications supporting billing and complementary control functions. Gil holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion.
Yael Villa, Ph.D.
RSA CTO & Israel Site Leader
Yael has nearly more than 25 years of experience in statistical consulting and research and has strong leadership for both technological direction of RSA analytical/risk based products and for customer delivery.
Yael joined RSA in 2007 to lead RSA’s Fraud-oriented Risk and Analytics team. In 2012, Yael was recognized as a distinguish engineer and joined the highly respected community of EMC Distinguished Engineers.
Prior to joining RSA, Yael served as VP of Research at Celebros, which develops a Textual search engine based on NLP analysis and machine learning algorithms; as well as the VP of Research Textology, which develops solutions for unstructured information based on linguistic analysis and statistical learning models.
Yael holds Ph.D. in Statistics from Tel Aviv University and is a Professor at the Academic College at Tel-Aviv Jaffa.
Anat Eyal, Ph.D.
Director of Engineering, Flash Business Unit
Anat is a seasoned R&D manager with over 20 years of experience delivering enterprise-level products. She has experience with databases, storage, file systems, security and access, both from the technology side and the academic side. Anat joined EMC in April 2011 to manage the engineering efforts of the Flash Business Unit. Prior to joining EMC, Anat managed the development of the Win7 Direct Access Gateway solution at Microsoft. Before that, she held various R&D positions including Director of Core Technology at Exanet and was Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. Anat holds an M.Sc. in Management Sciences and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.
Maya Hofman Levy
Site Leader, EMC/RSA Beer Sheva
Maya has more than 18 years of professional experience in Human Resources, Management & Operations roles in Hi-Tech & Bio-Tech industry, with senior executive management experience. Maya joined EMC in May 2011 to build and manage the HR of the new Center of Excellence site in Beer Sheva taking leading part in defining the vision, strategy and business growth for the site and executing accordingly, collaborating and building relations with external Negev and southern eco-system partners. Prior to joining EMC, Maya worked at Atlantium Technologies where she served as the Director of Human Resources responsible for all HR activities and member of the executive team , before that as CEO & consultant at See++, providing HR outsourcing services for high-tech companies at all stages. In addition, Maya served in various HR & Operation Managerial roles in Compugen Ltd, Pilat & IDF.
Maya holds a BA in Social Sciences from the Open University.
Director of Finance, Center of Excellence
Hila has more than 17 years of professional experience primarily in the high-tech and software industries, and has been working at EMC for over six years. Prior to her current position as Director of Finance, she served as the controller of the EMC Israel “light CoE” (before RSA joined the Israeli CoE). She also held of the position of Director of Finance of nLayers Ltd., a startup acquired by EMC in 2006, and was significantly involved in of the acquisition process. In the past, Hila served as the controller at Interwise Ltd., where she managed the financial and operational aspects of its subsidiaries worldwide, and also held managerial positions at PWC. Hila holds an MBA in Finance and International Management, a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Accounting and Taxation Studies, and a BA in Accounting and Economics, all from Tel Aviv University. She has been an Israeli Certified Public Accountant since 1997.
Director of Operations, Center of Excellence
Shlomi has over 15 years of experience in managing and running business operations for companies in the high-tech sector. Prior to joining EMC’s Israel Center of Excellence, Shlomi served as the Chief Operating Officer at SAP for four years. In this capacity, Shlomi was responsible for the operations, program and quality management of the unit overseeing on-demand solutions for global business. Prior to that, Shlomi held various positions at Teledata Networks over a period of nine years, the last being Vice President of Operations, where he led supply chain management, production, project management & IT for the company. Shlomi holds a B.Sc. in Industrial and Management Engineering from the Technion and an MBA from Bar-Ilan University.
Israel Director of Human Resources
Ayelet brings years of experience in managing human resources at global corporations to the EMC Israel Center of Excellence. Prior to joining EMC, Ayelet worked at Comverse for eight years, where she served as the VP of Global Human Resources responsible for HR regional teams in Israel, Europe & APAC, and before that as Associate Vice President and also Senior HR Business Partner. Prior to Comverse, Ayelet served as the HR Director at Arthur Andersen Israel, one of the world’s ‘big five’ accounting firms. Ayelet holds an MA in Labor Studies (HR Management and Organizational Consulting) from Tel Aviv University, and a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Bar-Ilan University.