Leadership

Management

Avinoam Nowogrodski

Avinoam Nowogrodski

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Avinoam Nowogrodski brings over 20 years of experience in sales, engineering and business management to Clarizen. He brings insight and expertise gained in those positions to Clarizen's vision of bringing collaborative project management to every business.

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Jason Schwartz

Jason Schwartz

Chief Financial Officer

Jason Schwartz brings a proven record of success in financial and operations management and leadership to Clarizen. Previously, he served as CFO and head of marketing for ActivePath, where he led its initial sales and marketing initiatives and raised $10 million of venture financing. 

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Ted Purcell

Ted Purcell

Senior VP Worldwide Sales & Customer Success

Ted Purcell leads Clarizen’s global sales and customer success initiatives, drawing on 15 years of experience across a broad range of start-up and mature companies. He joins Clarizen from SAP, where he held a variety of sales and senior sales leadership roles at a key time during the company’s transition in the US and EMEA.

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Rachel Haim Hadas

Rachel Haim Hadas

VP Product

Rachel Haim Hadas has been with Clarizen from its first days, working on product definition and the setup of the company's EMEA sales operations. Rachel has 15 years of experience in the software industry, dealing mostly with product management and customer success programs.

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Michael Modan

Michael Modan

VP Engineering

Michael (Micha) Modan brings more than 15 years of executive-level experience in research and development to his role at Clarizen. He has a proven track record of helping technology companies develop and implement technology roadmaps in order to meet emerging customer needs.

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Lori Bush Shepard

Lori Bush Shepard

VP Corporate Marketing

Lori Bush Shepard is responsible for Clarizen's corporate positioning, market awareness and customer marketing initiatives. She is a marketing executive with extensive experience in creating markets and guiding technology companies to market leadership positions.

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Anne Catambay

Anne Catambay

VP Demand Generation

Anne Catambay leads Clarizen’s global demand generation initiatives, drawing on more than 20 years of leadership experience in Silicon Valley. She joins Clarizen from Badgeville, where her global marketing efforts helped the company achieve a leadership position in a new market category (gamification).

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Guy Shani

Guy Shani

VP Strategic Alliances and APJ

Guy brings over 15 years of experience in sales, engineering and business development to Clarizen. He leads Clarizen’s strategic initiatives and business development activities as the company moves into its next phase of growth. Guy also runs the company’s growing Asia Pacific and Japan territory.

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Board of Directors

Avinoam Nowogrodski

Avinoam Nowogrodski

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Avinoam Nowogrodski brings over 20 years of experience in sales, engineering and business management to Clarizen. He brings insight and expertise gained in those positions to Clarizen's vision of bringing collaborative project management to every business.

Prior to establishing Clarizen, Avinoam co-founded SmarTeam Corporation, a leading provider of collaborative product life cycle management (PLM) solutions. As CEO from 1995 – 2005, Avinoam's leadership molded SmarTeam into a leading enterprise PLM solution which was sold and supported by IBM. In 1999 SmarTeam was acquired by Dassault Systemes (DS) and Avinoam served on the DS General Executive Management team for 6 years. At his departure from the company, SmarTeam had 3,500 customers across diverse industries and over 100,000 users worldwide. Avinoam holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Michael Eisenberg

Michael Eisenberg

Partner, Benchmark Capital

Michael Eisenberg has been a key figure in Internet and software investing in Israel since 1995, playing a central role in the development of many of Israel's leading companies and startups. Prior to joining Benchmark, Michael was a partner at Israel Seed Partners for eight years. Michael joined Israel Seed in 1997 from Jerusalem Global, where he started and headed the firm's successful investment banking group and partnership with Montgomery Securities.

Investments: Conduit, Clarizen, Digital Fuel, Finjan, Funtactix, Gigya, Gurunet (Amex GRU), Picturevison (acquired: EK), Seeking Alpha, Shopping.com (Nasdaq: EBAY), Tradeum (acquired: VERT), Xacct (acquired: DOX), and Zlango. Other Affiliations: Michael serves on the board of Snunit, Israel's foremost nonprofit organization, specializing in integrating technology and the Internet into Israel's elementary schools. Michael also lectures frequently on the topics of venture capital and entrepreneurship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Education: Michael holds a BA in Political Science from Yeshiva University in New York.

Avi Zeevi

Avi Zeevi

General Partner, Founder, Carmel Ventures

Avi Zeevi, a veteran high-tech executive, is a co-founder of the Viola Group, a leading innovative Israeli private equity investment group with $2B under management. Avi is a co-founder of Carmel Ventures, a top-tier Israeli venture capital firm, and a member of the Viola Group.

Avi has a proven track record as an entrepreneur, executive and investor with more than 30 years of experience. Avi serves as a General Partner at Carmel and his investment interests include Software, Financial Services and Digital Media.

Avi was the first VC investor in Actimize, where he served as an active Chairman from 2001 and until it was sold to NICE Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE), in August 2007, for $280 million. Avi's investments include Oversi (acquired by Allot), Payoneer, OpTier, YCD, Clarizen, SundaySky, Personetics, TradAir and Abe's Market.

Avi is a leading figure in the Israeli VC community and he serves as the Chairman of the VC Committee at the Israel Advanced Technologies Industries Association. Avi is a lecturer at the Kellogg Recanati International Executive MBA Program where he teaches the "VC –What's it all about" course.

Avi served as CEO of MINT Technologies, a provider of intelligent application integration solutions for financial institutions. Following MINT, Mr. Zeevi was the CFO of Oshap and played a key role in the sale of Oshap to SunGard for $220M. Mr. Zeevi also served as an active director of successful Israeli software companies, including Tecnomatix, MINT and Decalog.

Avi is involved in several educational not-for-profit organizations.

Hillel Moerman

Hillel Moerman

Co-Head, Private Capital Investing Group, Goldman Sachs

Hillel Moerman co-heads the Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing Group. The Private Capital Investing group is the firm’s investment platform dedicated to providing preferred equity and mezzanine capital to growth and middle market companies.

Previously, Hillel was the CFO of Icahn Enterprises, L.P. (NYSE-IEP) and a senior member of the team responsible for operational oversight of the companies in which Carl Icahn had a controlling interest. Earlier in his career, Hillel was a senior manager with Ernst & Young, LLP, performing financial and business due diligence for private equity firms, in the Transaction Advisory Group. Hillel began his career in public accounting with Grant Thornton LLP and worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission in its corporation finance group. Hillel is a CPA and holds a bachelors degree from Ner Israel College and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Dan Avida

Dan Avida

General Partner, Opus Capital

With 16 years experience building successful companies and guiding them through to profitable outcomes, Dan Avida brings a strong operating background to Opus Capital. Most recently, Dan was President and CEO of Decru Inc., a pioneering storage security company that Dan co-founded in 2001. Decru was acquired for $272.5M by Network Appliance (NASDAQ: NTAP) in 2005.

In 1989, Dan was a founding member of Electronics for Imaging (NASDAQ: EFII), which received its only round of venture funding from Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners, in 1992. Initially, Dan led the Fiery project—the cornerstone of EFI's success. He went on to be promoted several times, ultimately to Chairman and CEO. Under Dan's leadership, EFI experienced five years of dramatic, consecutive growth, placing the company on Business Week, Fortune and Forbes lists of fastest growing companies, and on the Nasdaq 100 index. Dan served as an officer in the Israel Defense Force during the years 1984-1989. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Paul Albright

Paul Albright

Chief Executive Officer, Captora

As CEO and co-founder of Captora, Paul brings unique experiences from leading product, marketing and sales in some of Silicon Valley’s most innovative, market-creating, private and public software companies. Most recently Paul was Chief Revenue Officer at Marketo (NASDAQ: MKTO) where he drove the overall revenue strategy across sales and marketing that delivered global revenue growth over 100% year-over-year, from $14m to $58m. In a similar position at SuccessFactors, he grew revenues to more than $200m and over 80% year-over-year growth. Previously, Paul led worldwide marketing at NetApp (NASDAQ:  NTAP) and at Informatica (NASDAQ: INFA), which he joined pre-revenue through their successful IPO. He also served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Greylock.

Paul currently serves on the Board of Directors of Clarizen, and is a frequent speaker and blogger, helping to demystify modern marketing strategies that accelerate growth in high-performing companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from James Madison University.

 
 

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Investors

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Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world. Private Capital Investing (“PCI”) is Goldman Sachs’ investment platform dedicated to providing preferred equity and mezzanine capital to growth and middle market companies based in North America. PCI invests $20 million - $150 million of equity per transaction in the form of common, preferred, and structured equity. For more information on Goldman Sachs, visit its website at www.goldmansachs.com

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Benchmark Capital

Benchmark Capital, a leading international venture capital firm, was founded in 1995 to help talented entrepreneurs with original ideas build successful technology companies. Benchmark's general partners take a team-oriented, labor-intensive approach to venture investing to deliver a superior level of service to the firm's portfolio companies. Benchmark's portfolio includes high-profile start-ups like MySQL, Metacafe, Seeking Alpha, Zillow, Yelp, and Linden Lab's Second Life, and franchise companies such as eBay, Juniper Networks and Red Hat. Managing more than $3.5 billion in committed venture capital, Benchmark has offices in Silicon Valley, Europe and Israel. For more information on Benchmark Capital, visit its website at www.benchmark.com

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Carmel Ventures

With over $600 million currently under management, several successful exits, and a growing portfolio of promising start-ups, Carmel is among Israel's top-tier venture capital funds. Carmel's investments are focused primarily on early stage companies in the fields of Software, Internet, Digital Media, Communications, Semiconductors, and Consumer Electronics. Founded in 2000 by pioneers and leaders of the Israeli high tech industry, Carmel provides significant capital and active, hands-on support through the growth cycle of its portfolio companies and is recognized as a true company building fund in Israel. Carmel, headquartered in Herzliya, Israel enjoys a worldwide network of industry, strategic and investment resources.

Carmel is a member of the Viola Group, Israel's premier technology focused PE group with $2B under management. For more information, please visit www.carmelventures.com

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DAG Ventures

DAG Ventures is a venture capital partnership investing in and helping outstanding entrepreneurs create leading, long-term companies across a range of markets. With roots from the 1980's in cable TV, infrastructure, media, and wireless industries, the partnership today is privileged to work with world-class entrepreneurs as they build tomorrow's leaders in the information technology, energy, and life science sectors. DAG Ventures invests in companies with proven technology, from the prototype stage onward. For more information on DAG Ventures, visit its website at www.dagventures.com

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Opus Capital

Leveraging over 60 years of operating experience at market leading companies such as Apple, AOL, Decru, EFI, Juniper Networks, Nike, Nokia, Radius and UUNet, Opus Capital focuses on early-stage funding of technology companies. For more information on Opus Capital, visit its website at www.opuscapitalventures.com

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Vintage Investment Partners

Located in Herzliyah Pituach Israel, Vintage Investment Partners was founded in 2003 and currently has more than $700 million under management. The firm manages a series of venture capital funds of funds, secondary funds and co-investment funds focused on Israel and Europe. Through its co-investment funds, Vintage's team provides expansion stage venture capital for leading private technology companies. Vintage's concentration on expansion stage technology companies allows it to provide assistance that is complementary to that of early stage firms, including through its extensive network of investors and strategic partners in the United States and Europe. Vintage's investors consist of some of the world's leading institutional investors, including pension funds, endowments, foundations, and financial institutions throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Israel. www.vintage-ip.com.

 

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