About gazit-globe

Management & Board

  • Management
  • Board Members
Roni Soffer
Roni Soffer President

Mr. Soffer serves as President of Gazit-Globe.  Since joining the company in 1997, Mr. Soffer has held several senior executive roles and leadership positions.  During his tenure at Gazit-Globe, Mr. Soffer has attained extensive expertise in both the retail and healthcare real estate sectors in public as well as private markets and has been involved in the Group’s worldwide M&A activity and the growth of its global platforms to a total value of approximately $18 billion across 20 countries. 

 

From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Soffer was located at the Group's offices in the United States.  More recently, Mr. Soffer led Gazit-Globe’s IPO in the United States and the listing of  its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. 

 

Mr. Soffer also serves as CEO of Gazit Group USA, , a private subsidiary of the company, a Director of Atrium European Real Estate (VSX/Euronext: ATR), and Executive Chairman of ProMed Properties and Gazit Senior Care,  Gazit-Globe's private subsidiaries. 

 

Mr. Soffer holds a B.A. in Economics and an LL.B from the College of Management, Academic Studies, in Israel.

Mr. Soffer serves as President of Gazit-Globe.  Since joining the company in 1997, Mr. Soffer has held several senior executive roles and leadership positions.  During his tenure at Gazit-Globe, Mr. Soffer has attained extensive expertise in both the retail and healthcare real estate sectors in public as well as private markets and has been involved in the Group’s worldwide M&A activity and the growth of its global platforms to a total value of approximately $18 billion across 20 countries. 

 

From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Soffer was located at the Group's offices in the United States.  More recently, Mr. Soffer led Gazit-Globe’s IPO in the United States and the listing of  its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. 

 

Mr. Soffer also serves as CEO of Gazit Group USA, , a private subsidiary of the company, a Director of Atrium European Real Estate (VSX/Euronext: ATR), and Executive Chairman of ProMed Properties and Gazit Senior Care,  Gazit-Globe's private subsidiaries. 

 

Mr. Soffer holds a B.A. in Economics and an LL.B from the College of Management, Academic Studies, in Israel.

Read More Read Less
Gil Kotler
Gil Kotler Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kotler has served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since October 2012. Mr. Kotler joined Gazit-Globe in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer, a position he held for 12 years. From 2009 to 2012 Mr. Kotler served as Chief Strategy Officer and was located at the Company's offices in Miami, Florida. During his tenure as Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Kotler was engaged in a wide range of strategic activities including leading the group’s international financial activities. Prior to joining Gazit-Globe, Mr. Kotler served as a Manager at Ernst & Young Israel. Mr. Kotler holds a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Tel-Aviv University and he is a graduate of the Harvard Business school General Management Program for executives. Mr. Kotler is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Mr. Kotler has served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since October 2012. Mr. Kotler joined Gazit-Globe in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer, a position he held for 12 years. From 2009 to 2012 Mr. Kotler served as Chief Strategy Officer and was located at the Company's offices in Miami, Florida. During his tenure as Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Kotler was engaged in a wide range of strategic activities including leading the group’s international financial activities. Prior to joining Gazit-Globe, Mr. Kotler served as a Manager at Ernst & Young Israel. Mr. Kotler holds a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Tel-Aviv University and he is a graduate of the Harvard Business school General Management Program for executives. Mr. Kotler is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Read More Read Less
Rami Vaisenberger
Rami Vaisenberger Vice President and Controller

Rami joined Gazit-Globe in July 2004 as Controller and since then he has been leading the controlling and reporting department, dealing with various challenging professional projects and processes.  From 2000 through 2004, Rami served as an auditor at Ernst & Young.  Rami holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the College of Management in Tel-Aviv and is a certified public accountant.

Rami joined Gazit-Globe in July 2004 as Controller and since then he has been leading the controlling and reporting department, dealing with various challenging professional projects and processes.  From 2000 through 2004, Rami served as an auditor at Ernst & Young.  Rami holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the College of Management in Tel-Aviv and is a certified public accountant.

Read More Read Less
Varda Zuntz
Varda Zuntz VP of Corporate Responsibility and Member of the Executive Committee

Mrs. Zuntz serves as VP of Corporate Responsibility since March 2012. Most recently Mrs. Zuntz served as our Company Secretary, a position she held since December 1998. Mrs. Zuntz serves as a director in some of Gazit-Globe's subsidiaries. Previously she was personal assistant to Mr. Chaim Katzman.

Mrs. Zuntz serves as VP of Corporate Responsibility since March 2012. Most recently Mrs. Zuntz served as our Company Secretary, a position she held since December 1998. Mrs. Zuntz serves as a director in some of Gazit-Globe's subsidiaries. Previously she was personal assistant to Mr. Chaim Katzman.

Read More Read Less
Shlomi Drori
Shlomi Drori VP Supervision and Control

Mr. Drori has been serving as VP Supervision and Control since January 2013. Mr. Drori joined Gazit-Globe in November 2011 and is in charge of supervision and internal control activities, administrative enforcement and SOX for the Group in Israel and overseas.

Prior to joining Gazit-Globe, Mr. Drori served as the internal auditor at Pelephone Communications, VP Finance and Operations at TADSEC and head of risk management at Cellcom.
Mr. Drori holds a BA in business administration and accounting from the College of Management Academic Studies and is a qualified CPA (Isr.).

Mr. Drori has been serving as VP Supervision and Control since January 2013. Mr. Drori joined Gazit-Globe in November 2011 and is in charge of supervision and internal control activities, administrative enforcement and SOX for the Group in Israel and overseas.

Prior to joining Gazit-Globe, Mr. Drori served as the internal auditor at Pelephone Communications, VP Finance and Operations at TADSEC and head of risk management at Cellcom.
Mr. Drori holds a BA in business administration and accounting from the College of Management Academic Studies and is a qualified CPA (Isr.).
Read More Read Less
Ronen Geles
Ronen Geles VP Finance

Mr. Geles has been serving as VP Finance of Gazit-Globe since January 2013. Mr. Geles joined Gazit-Globe in July 2006 and formerly held the position of treasurer and financial risk manager. As part of his duties, Mr. Geles is responsible for the financial operations of the company, which include, inter alia, managing the credit array and the hedging strategy.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Geles worked in Bank Leumi on the corporate desk in the foreign currency trading room and as an economist for its construction and real estate sector.
Mr. Geles holds a BA with honors in economics and business administration from Bar-Ilan University, as well as an MBA, specializing in finance and accounting, from Tel Aviv University.

Mr. Geles has been serving as VP Finance of Gazit-Globe since January 2013. Mr. Geles joined Gazit-Globe in July 2006 and formerly held the position of treasurer and financial risk manager. As part of his duties, Mr. Geles is responsible for the financial operations of the company, which include, inter alia, managing the credit array and the hedging strategy.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Geles worked in Bank Leumi on the corporate desk in the foreign currency trading room and as an economist for its construction and real estate sector.
Mr. Geles holds a BA with honors in economics and business administration from Bar-Ilan University, as well as an MBA, specializing in finance and accounting, from Tel Aviv University.
Read More Read Less
Chaim Katzman
Chaim Katzman Chairman

Mr. Katzman is the founder, controlling shareholder and Chairman of Gazit-Globe (NYSE; TSX; TASE: GZT) . Mr. Katzman is also the Chairman of Norstar (formerly Gazit Inc.), the parent company of Gazit-Globe.  Mr. Katzman has served as Chairman of Gazit-Globe and Norstar, since 1998 and 1991, respectively.


In June 2010, Mr. Katzman was appointed Chairman of Citycon Oyj (OMX: CTY). Mr. Katzman also serves as Chairman of the Board of Equity One (NYSE: EQY), a leading U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) he founded in 1992.  He served as EQY Chairman & CEO from 1992 to 2006.  Mr. Katzman also serves as Chairman of First Capital Realty (TSX: FCR) since 2000. In 2008, Mr. Katzman was named Chairman of Atrium European Real Estate (VSX and Euronext Amsterdam: ATRS).


A pioneer of the retail investment and development industry, Mr. Katzman is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the Real Estate Roundtable and the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) and a trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).


Mr. Katzman serves as a trustee on the Board of Governors at Tel-Aviv University. 


 Mr. Katzman is also the founder of the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel.


 Mr. Katzman is a graduate of Tel Aviv University Law School.
 

Mr. Katzman is the founder, controlling shareholder and Chairman of Gazit-Globe (NYSE; TSX; TASE: GZT) . Mr. Katzman is also the Chairman of Norstar (formerly Gazit Inc.), the parent company of Gazit-Globe.  Mr. Katzman has served as Chairman of Gazit-Globe and Norstar, since 1998 and 1991, respectively.


In June 2010, Mr. Katzman was appointed Chairman of Citycon Oyj (OMX: CTY). Mr. Katzman also serves as Chairman of the Board of Equity One (NYSE: EQY), a leading U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) he founded in 1992.  He served as EQY Chairman & CEO from 1992 to 2006.  Mr. Katzman also serves as Chairman of First Capital Realty (TSX: FCR) since 2000. In 2008, Mr. Katzman was named Chairman of Atrium European Real Estate (VSX and Euronext Amsterdam: ATRS).


A pioneer of the retail investment and development industry, Mr. Katzman is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the Real Estate Roundtable and the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) and a trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).


Mr. Katzman serves as a trustee on the Board of Governors at Tel-Aviv University. 


 Mr. Katzman is also the founder of the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel.


 Mr. Katzman is a graduate of Tel Aviv University Law School.
 

Read More Read Less
Arie Mientkavich
Arie Mientkavich Deputy Chairman

Mr. Arie Mientkavich is Active Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazit-Globe and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazit Globe Israel (Development); Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDB Holdings Corporation; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Elron Electronic Industries; Chairman of the Board of Directors of RDC - Rafael Development Corporation and member of the Boards of Directors of both Given Imaging and NuLens, of the IDB group.


In addition to these, Mr. Mientkavich also serves as a Member of the License Committee and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Bank of Israel (Israel's Central Bank) on Matters Concerning Banking and as Member of the Advisory Board of the National Defense College of Israel.


Prior to this, (1997- 2006) Mr. Mientkavich served as Active Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Israel Discount Bank and several of its major subsidiaries – Israel Discount Bank of  New York, Mercantile Discount Bank and Discount Management Provident Funds. During that period, he led the remarkable recovery program and the resulting successful privatization of the Bank.


Formerly, (1987-1997) he served as Active Chairman of the Board of the Israel Securities Authority (the Israeli equivalent of the American SEC), leading far reaching reforms which shaped the structure of the Authority and the nature of the Israeli capital markets. He was also a member of the Israel CPA Advisory Council and a member of the Advisory Board of the Bank of Israel .


Prior to that, (1979-1987) Mr. Mientkavich served as General Counsel to the Israeli Ministry of Finance, which entailed overall responsibility for legislation and supervision in the areas of finance, budget and banking in Israel.


In the civic domain, Mr. Mientkavich is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of the Quality of Government Movement in Israel, In addition, he is Chairman of the Public Committee of Yad Sarah, an NGO in the field of humanitarian support of public health.


In 1995 he was honored with the award of Knight of Quality Government by the Quality of Government Movement.


Mr. Mientkavich was born in 1942 and grew up and was educated in Jerusalem, where he now resides. He is married and the father of four children.


Mr. Mientkavich holds degrees in Law and Political Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was admitted to the Israeli Bar in 1972.


Mr. Mientkavich's native language is Hebrew and he is fluent in English and Polish.
 

Mr. Arie Mientkavich is Active Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazit-Globe and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazit Globe Israel (Development); Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDB Holdings Corporation; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Elron Electronic Industries; Chairman of the Board of Directors of RDC - Rafael Development Corporation and member of the Boards of Directors of both Given Imaging and NuLens, of the IDB group.


In addition to these, Mr. Mientkavich also serves as a Member of the License Committee and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Bank of Israel (Israel's Central Bank) on Matters Concerning Banking and as Member of the Advisory Board of the National Defense College of Israel.


Prior to this, (1997- 2006) Mr. Mientkavich served as Active Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Israel Discount Bank and several of its major subsidiaries – Israel Discount Bank of  New York, Mercantile Discount Bank and Discount Management Provident Funds. During that period, he led the remarkable recovery program and the resulting successful privatization of the Bank.


Formerly, (1987-1997) he served as Active Chairman of the Board of the Israel Securities Authority (the Israeli equivalent of the American SEC), leading far reaching reforms which shaped the structure of the Authority and the nature of the Israeli capital markets. He was also a member of the Israel CPA Advisory Council and a member of the Advisory Board of the Bank of Israel .


Prior to that, (1979-1987) Mr. Mientkavich served as General Counsel to the Israeli Ministry of Finance, which entailed overall responsibility for legislation and supervision in the areas of finance, budget and banking in Israel.


In the civic domain, Mr. Mientkavich is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of the Quality of Government Movement in Israel, In addition, he is Chairman of the Public Committee of Yad Sarah, an NGO in the field of humanitarian support of public health.


In 1995 he was honored with the award of Knight of Quality Government by the Quality of Government Movement.


Mr. Mientkavich was born in 1942 and grew up and was educated in Jerusalem, where he now resides. He is married and the father of four children.


Mr. Mientkavich holds degrees in Law and Political Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was admitted to the Israeli Bar in 1972.


Mr. Mientkavich's native language is Hebrew and he is fluent in English and Polish.
 

Read More Read Less
Dori Segal
Dori Segal Executive Vice Chairman

Mr. Segal is the Executive Vice-Chairman of Gazit-Globe; President and CEO of First Capital Realty;  Vice Chairman and Director of Equity One; Director of Gazit-Globe Israel (Development), Director of U. Dori Group and a Director on the board of Norstar. 

Mr. Segal currently serves as Executive Vice Chairman of Gazit-Globe (TASE/NYSE/TSX: GZT), as the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Realty, Inc. (TSX: FCR), and as Vice Chairman of Equity one, inc. (NYSE: EQY). Mr. Segal joined the Gazit Group in 1993 both as principal investor and as senior member of the management team. In the past 20 years he has been active in the acquisition, development and redevelopment of shopping centers in the company's main markets. Having played a key role in the expansion of Gazit Globe to Canada, Mr. Segal's led the acquisition of First Capital Realty, Inc. in August 2000, and its growth since

 

Mr. Segal is the Executive Vice-Chairman of Gazit-Globe; President and CEO of First Capital Realty;  Vice Chairman and Director of Equity One; Director of Gazit-Globe Israel (Development), Director of U. Dori Group and a Director on the board of Norstar. 

Mr. Segal currently serves as Executive Vice Chairman of Gazit-Globe (TASE/NYSE/TSX: GZT), as the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Realty, Inc. (TSX: FCR), and as Vice Chairman of Equity one, inc. (NYSE: EQY). Mr. Segal joined the Gazit Group in 1993 both as principal investor and as senior member of the management team. In the past 20 years he has been active in the acquisition, development and redevelopment of shopping centers in the company's main markets. Having played a key role in the expansion of Gazit Globe to Canada, Mr. Segal's led the acquisition of First Capital Realty, Inc. in August 2000, and its growth since

 

Read More Read Less
Ronnie Bar-On
Ronnie Bar-On External Director

Between 2003-2013, Mr. Bar-On served in a variety of governmental positions in Israel, including as Minister of Finance, Minister of the Interior, Minister of National Infrastructure, Minister of Science and Technology, Chairman of the State Control Committee, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and as a member of the Knesset.

 
Prior to entering public service, Mr. Bar-On practiced law for twenty seven years in a private law firm of which he was also the founding partner. Mr. Bar-On has a law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

Between 2003-2013, Mr. Bar-On served in a variety of governmental positions in Israel, including as Minister of Finance, Minister of the Interior, Minister of National Infrastructure, Minister of Science and Technology, Chairman of the State Control Committee, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and as a member of the Knesset.

 
Prior to entering public service, Mr. Bar-On practiced law for twenty seven years in a private law firm of which he was also the founding partner. Mr. Bar-On has a law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  
Read More Read Less
Haim Ben Dor
Haim Ben Dor Director

Mr. Ben Dor is a corporate consultant in the field of finance and investments. Mr. Ben Dor holds a degree in Accounting from the College of Management in Jerusalem and an auditors' certificate from the Ministry of Justice.

Mr. Ben Dor is a corporate consultant in the field of finance and investments. Mr. Ben Dor holds a degree in Accounting from the College of Management in Jerusalem and an auditors' certificate from the Ministry of Justice.

Read More Read Less
Gary Epstein
Gary Epstein Director

Mr. Epstein is chair of the Global Corporate and Securities Department, a member of the Executive Committee and a Principal Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, an international law firm. Mr. Epstein has been with Greenberg Traurig since 1980. Mr. Epstein received a B.A. and B.H.L. in English and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, an M.A. in English Literature from New York University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Mr. Epstein is chair of the Global Corporate and Securities Department, a member of the Executive Committee and a Principal Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, an international law firm. Mr. Epstein has been with Greenberg Traurig since 1980. Mr. Epstein received a B.A. and B.H.L. in English and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, an M.A. in English Literature from New York University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Read More Read Less
Noga Knaz
Noga Knaz External Director

Mrs. Knaz is the CEO of Rosario Capital Ltd. She formerly served as CEO of Dash Underwriting Ltd. and Chief Investment Officer in Dash Securities and Investments Ltd. Previously, Mrs. Knaz also held positions with Migdal Capital Markets, including Co-CEO of Madanes Financial Services Ltd. Mr. Knaz holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Haifa University.

Mrs. Knaz is the CEO of Rosario Capital Ltd. She formerly served as CEO of Dash Underwriting Ltd. and Chief Investment Officer in Dash Securities and Investments Ltd. Previously, Mrs. Knaz also held positions with Migdal Capital Markets, including Co-CEO of Madanes Financial Services Ltd. Mr. Knaz holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Haifa University.

Read More Read Less
Yair Orgler
Yair Orgler External Director

Mr. Orgler until 2006 served as the Chairman of the Board of the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange. Until January 2010, Mr. Orgler served as a director of Bank Hapoalim. He is Professor Emeritus of the Management Faculty at Tel Aviv University. Mr. Orgler holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion; an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in Management- specializing in Finance from the Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Orgler until 2006 served as the Chairman of the Board of the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange. Until January 2010, Mr. Orgler served as a director of Bank Hapoalim. He is Professor Emeritus of the Management Faculty at Tel Aviv University. Mr. Orgler holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion; an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in Management- specializing in Finance from the Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Read More Read Less
Shaiy Pilpel
Shaiy Pilpel Director

Mr. Pilpel is the CEO of Wexford Capital Israel Ltd. Mr. Pilpel holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Philosophy both from Tel-Aviv University; an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; and an M.B.A. from Columbia University in New York. Mr. Pilpel also holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Pilpel is the CEO of Wexford Capital Israel Ltd. Mr. Pilpel holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Philosophy both from Tel-Aviv University; an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; and an M.B.A. from Columbia University in New York. Mr. Pilpel also holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Read More Read Less
Douglas Sesler
Douglas Sesler Director

Mr. Sesler is a private real estate investor. From January 2009 through February 2011, Mr. Sesler served as head of global real estate principal investments of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch. From 2005 until December 2008, Mr. Sesler served as managing partner and later as co-head of real estate investment banking at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Sesler received a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.

Mr. Sesler is a private real estate investor. From January 2009 through February 2011, Mr. Sesler served as head of global real estate principal investments of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch. From 2005 until December 2008, Mr. Sesler served as managing partner and later as co-head of real estate investment banking at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Sesler received a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.

Read More Read Less

Subscribe