Dov Baharav continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors
Petah Tikva, Israel, March 17, 2016 — Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that it has appointed Yona Ovadia as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective March 31, 2016, replacing Dov Baharav, who shall remain Gilat’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.
On behalf of Gilat’s Board of Directors, Dov Baharav stated, “We are very excited by the appointment of Mr. Ovadia as Gilat’s next CEO. Yona, as a business leader with a strong track record of delivering results, will be taking Gilat forward to materialize its promising strategic directions. Yona and I have worked closely together for many years, and recently at Gilat. His experience and capabilities will be crucial to Gilat’s continued long-term profitable growth, building and expanding Gilat’s strategic business pillars.”
Mr. Baharav continued, “After nearly a year as interim CEO of Gilat, we have successfully positioned the company as a leader in its strategic growth markets. I am confident in Gilat’s continued success under the leadership of Yona and the management team in place, which is poised to successfully capture new opportunities. As Chairman, I will remain active in realizing Gilat’s great potential in 2016 and beyond”.
Mr. Ovadia added, “I am both honored and excited at the opportunity to be Gilat’s next CEO. I am positive that Gilat has the strategy, the leadership, the technology, the global presence, and most importantly – the people – to deliver upon its vision, expand the success we already see and achieve long term profitable growth as well as make Gilat a place of excitement and fulfillment for its employees, all over the world.”
Mr. Ovadia joined Gilat in April 2015 and had previously served in various managerial posts at Amdocs for 30 years, including as Amdocs Executive Management member. In the past, Mr. Ovadia managed thousands of employees and projects of hundreds of millions of dollars. Yona holds a BSc in Math and Computer Sciences from Tel Aviv University.
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in Peru and Colombia.
With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 90 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat’s high-performance SOTM solutions. Gilat controlling shareholders are the FIMI Private Equity Funds. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com.
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