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Board Of Directors
The Melisron board of directors is chaired by Ms. Liora Ofer, together with non-executive directors Mr. Shlomo Sharf , Mr. Shuki Oren , Ms. Rinat Gazit, Mr. Oded Shamir, Mr. Nodary Zizov and Mr. Shlomo Zohar. The Board is comprised of non-executive directors with extensive experience in funds management, property investment and development, financial markets, retail, accounting and law.
Yehuda (“Yuli”) Ofer, Founder (1924-2011)
Yehuda “Yuli” Ofer was born in Romania and grew up in Israel from an early age. In the 1950s, together with his brother the late Sammy Ofer (1922-2011), he founded Ofer Properties (later known as Ofer Investments) and Mediterranean Routes, the shipping company that eventually expanded its global reach, specializing in fuel and phosphates transport and cruise operations. Mr. Yuli Ofer was a passionate investor in real estate. In 1987, he founded Melisron as part of the Ofer Investment Group, and led Melisron to become one of Israel’s major commercial real estate companies. The Ofer brothers later acquired a controlling interest in Hamizrahi Bank in 1994, and in 1999 acquired control of Israel Corp. After a division of the brothers’ joint holdings in 2002, Mr. Yuli Ofer became the controlling owner of Ofer Investments, which controlled Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank and Melisron, both publically traded on the TASE. Ofer Investments’ current operations include commercial real estate, residential real estate, hotels in Israel and abroad, and holdings in the banking sector. Throughout his life, Mr. Yuli Ofer contributed significantly to the development of the city of Herzliya, where he lived. Mr. Yuli Ofer died on September 11, 2011 at the age of 87 in his Herzliya residence.
At the early age of 20, Liora began working alongside her father Yuli Ofer in Ofer Investments, the company he had founded and headed. In 1995, Liora was appointed head of the Group’s hotel operations in Eilat, and in 2007 became the director and Deputy Chair of the real estate company Melisron. In 2008, Liora Ofer was appointed Board Chair. Ms. Ofer also serves as the Board Chair of Ofer Investments, Melisron’s parent company. Through a series of decisions led by Ms. Ofer, including the acquisition of the Ramat Aviv Mall and the acquisition and merger of 25 malls owned by British Israel, Melisron became one of the largest commercial real estate companies in Israel. Supported by the company’s stability, Ms. Liora Ofer initiated a unique move promoting corporate social responsibility when she announced her intention to limit her management fees and bonuses from the company. Alongside her extensive business endeavors, Ms. Ofer has devoted much energy to volunteer work, carrying on the family tradition and her father’s spirit, and she is active in efforts to reduce socio-economic gaps in Israel and promotes cultural projects in Israel’s towns and cities in the periphery.
Shlomo Sharf has served as an external director of Melisron since 2014. He also heads the Audit and Remuneration Committee, and is a member of the company’s Financial Statements, Hiring, and Tenders Committees. Mr. Sharf holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has a rich track record and has served in executive positions in public real estate companies, including CEO of the Azrieli Group Ltd. and CEO of Electra Real Estate Ltd. In addition to his position as external director, Mr. Sharf is an external director of Delta Galil Industries Ltd, a public company, and of Midroog Ltd, and also works as a real estate consultant.
Oded Shamir has served as an independent director of Melisron since 2013. He is a member of the company’s Audit and Remuneration, Financial Statements, and Tenders Committees. Mr. Shamir holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology. He has held a number of senior positions including CEO of Calcalit Jerusalem Ltd and CEO of the Aspen Group. He has extensive experience as a director in public companies, including ICL, Israel Buildings Corp Ltd., and Amidar Ltd, and has served as board chair of Petroleum & Energy Infrastructure Ltd. In addition to his position as an independent director, Mr. Shamir is the board chair of Netivei Yisrael National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd., an external director of Dor Alon Energy in Israel (1988) Ltd and Egoz Issuances and Finances Ltd, and the chairperson of the Jordan Valley Water Association.
Shouky Oren has served as an independent director of Melisron since 2018. He is a member of the company’s Audit and Remuneration, Financial Statements, and Hiring Committees. Mr. Oren holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a graduate degree in Business Administration. He has numerous years of experience in the financial sector and has held senior executive positions, including CEO of Karden N.V. and manager of Leumi Bank Switzerland. He also served as Accountant General at the Ministry of Finance. In addition to his position as independent director, Mr. Oren is a member of the credit committee of Harel Insurance Company Ltd, the board chair of Mirland Development Plc, and a director of Or Shay G.S. Ltd and of C^2 Communities Services Inc.
Rinat Gazit has served as an external director of Melisron since 2016. She heads the Financial Statements Committee and is a member of the company’s Audit and Remuneration and Hiring Committees. Ms. Gazit holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology, and a graduate degree in Business Administration. Ms. Gazit has extensive experience in the field of finance and investments and has held numerous senior executive positions. In the past she served as head of M&A of Shikun & Binui Group, VP of Poalim Capital Markets, and has held numerous senior executive positions in acquisitions, issuances, and project management in the BSG Group. In addition to her position as external director, Ms. Gazit is also a consultant on M&A issues and serves as a director of Vitania Real Estate Ltd, Alium Medical Ltd, Aeronautics Ltd, Ratio Petroleum Energy LP, Delta Galil Industries Ltd, and others.
Shlomo Zohar has served as an external director of the company since 2019. He is a member of the Audit and Remuneration and Financial Statements Committees. Mr. Zohar holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a graduate degree in Business Administration with a specialization in finance and accounting. Mr. Zohar has extensive experience in the field of finance and has served in senior executive positions in public companies. Previous positions include CEO of Sufersal Real Estate and Deputy CEO of Sufersal Ltd. He has served as CFO of Sufersal Ltd and of Pelephone Ltd. In addition to his position as external director, Mr. Zohar is also an external director of Silverstein Properties Limited and Pinto Afik 1 Ltd, and a director of, and consultant to, Max Stock Ltd.
In 2020, Segi Eitan was appointed an independent director at Melisron Ltd. Ms. Eitan is a certified accountant with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting from Bar-Ilan University, and graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard University School of Business. She currently serves as a board member at the Bank of Israel and as chairperson of a real-estate technology startup company. Ms. Eitan has many years of experience in public real estate companies: for 14 years she served as CEO of the Property and Construction Company, as deputy chairperson of Gav-Yam, Bayside Land Corporation, and as chairperson of Matam (Scientific Industries Center) and of ISPRO (the Israeli Properties Rental Corporation Ltd.). Before that she served as deputy CEO and CFO at Azorim Investments in Development and Construction Company Ltd. She began her career at KPMG Accounting Firm.
Yitzhak (“Nodary”) Zizov
Nodary Zizov has served as a member of Melisron’s board since March 2019. Mr. Zizov is a certified accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Law. Mr. Zizov is an experienced financial manager in the real estate and holdings sector. In the past he has held senior positions including CFO of the investment fund Bayit Vegag, CFO of the public company Energix Renewable Energies Ltd, and several executive positions in the holding company Alony Hetz. In addition to his service as a company director, Mr. Zizov also serves as CFO of Ofer Investments Ltd, the controlling owner of the company, and is a director in privately owned subsidiaries of the Ofer Group.