Yaron Galai is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Outbrain. Prior to founding Outbrain, Mr. Galai was Co-Founder, SVP of Quigo, Inc., a provider of performance-based marketing solutions for advertisers and premium publishers. He previously served as the CEO of the company for three years. Quigo was acquired by AOL in December 2007. Previously, Mr. Galai was Co-Founder & VP Business Development at Ad4ever, a developer of rich-media advertising technologies for the web which was later acquired by Atlas (a division of aQuantive). Earlier, he was the Founder of NetWorks Web Design - an SEO and web design firm. At NetWorks he oversaw the production and search engine optimization of over 30 websites. Mr. Galai studied industrial design at the Holon Technological Institute, and is a Major (reserve) officer in the Israel Navy.
Ori Lahav is Co-Founder and General Manager, Israel at Outbrain. Ori oversees the company's R&D center located in Israel. Ori's duties include overseeing all technical aspects of the company including algorithmic design and product innovation. Prior to co-founding Outbrain, Ori led the R&D groups in search and classification at Shopping.com, which was acquired by eBay for $634 million. Ori also previously led the video streaming Server Group at financial technology company Vsoft. A practical engineer from the Rupin Academic Institute Ori is also a Major (reserve) officer in the Israeli Navy.
Jeff Davison has served as Outbrain's Chief Financial Officer since August 2013. Jeff brings more than 25 years of experience working at both public and private companies to the team. From 1999 to 2012, he was with RightNow Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ RNOW), where he was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 2008 through 2012 when the company was acquired by Oracle, Inc and previously served as VP, Finance and VP, Worldwide Sales operations. Prior to RightNow Technologies, Jeff served as controller for Powerhouse Technologies (NASDAQ PWRH), as well as holding auditing and account positions with PacifiCorp and KPMG early in his career.
John LoGioco is Executive Vice President at Outbrain. John is responsible for managing revenue, publisher distribution, P&L, account services and marketing across North and South America. Prior to joining Outbrain, John held sales and management positions with Time Inc. and Reuters in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida. Working with top brands and advertising agencies, John focused on delivering digital solutions both in the consumer and enterprise sectors. Before crossing over to the sales side, John started his career in the media department of ad agency, Ammirati & Puris in New York. An honors graduate from the University of Colorado, John resides in Fair Haven New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
Simon Edelstyn is the European Vice President of Business Development at Outbrain. Simon has more than 14 years of experience in European business development across the telecommunications, Web and mobile industries. Simon served as EMEA Director of Syndication at Google, where he established and managed relationships with all of the leading European ISPs, publishers and portals. Simon also served as European General Manager for EQO, a mobile application developer. He also co-founded SOMO, a full-service mobile advertising agency.
Eytan Galai is Managing Director, APAC & EEMEA at Outbrain. Eytan started his job at Outbrain as the Director of Finance and later on moved on to the business side. As VP of business development, Eytan was responsible for Outbrain's expansion into Europe. In his current role, Eytan is spearheading Outbrain's expansion into new markets in Asia and the EEMEA region. Prior to joining Outbrain, he worked in the banking sector at Citibank and Clal Finance. Eytan has a BA in Economics and Statistics and an MBA (with honors) from the Hebrew University. Eytan lives in Israel.
Gilad de Vries is Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at Outbrain. Previously, he led the brands and agencies team at Outbrain. Gilad brings more than 19 years of experience in the digital media and technology fields. Before joining Outbrain, Gilad was VP of Digital Media and Principal at Carmel Ventures, one of Israel's top tier venture capital firms, where he was highly engaged in Carmel's investments in digital media, Internet and mobile startups. Before Carmel, Gilad was a Senior Director of Marketing and Product Management at Comverse Technology, a leading provider of value-added services for Telco Providers. Gilad holds a B.A. in economics and business management from Bar-Ilan University and a Global MBA cum laude from the IDC Herzelia. Gilad is also a first lieutenant (reserve) in the Israeli Army's technology unit (Mamram).
Lisa LaCour is Vice President of Global Marketing at Outbrain. Lisa previously served as Director of Marketing at fashion and lifestyle brand DailyCandy where she built and managed the company's first marketing team. Prior to DailyCandy, Lisa led audience development and branding efforts for AOL's network of content sites. Her Internet career started in Los Angeles where she was responsible for building the online presence for some of the world's biggest musical acts. Lisa is a New Orleans native currently residing in Brooklyn.
Patrick Kelly is Senior Vice President of Finance. Patrick has more than 20 years of experience in finance, across a variety of industries. He is responsible for all financial and accounting functions at Outbrain. Prior to joining Outbrain, Patrick was Director of Finance at Quigo Technologies. Before joining Quigo in 2003, Patrick held positions at The Blackstone Group and Morgan Stanley. Patrick has a Bachelor's of Communications from University College Dublin and has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. Patrick lives in Orange County, New York.
Jennifer Daniel is Vice President of HR for Outbrain. Based in New York, she oversees the company's global human resources and recruiting strategies. Prior to joining Outbrain, Jennifer was Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth at Juno Online Services (later part of United Online), and Vice President of HR and Strategic Growth at Schrodinger, a computational chemistry software startup, both of which were portfolio companies associated with D. E. Shaw & Co., a NY-based, technology-focused hedge fund. Jennifer graduated from American University with a BA in International Relations. After working with USIA- and State Department-funded institutions, she received a Masters in a combination of electrical engineering and geology from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Connecticut with her three children and husband Kermit.
Amit Elisha is Vice President of Products. He oversees Outbrain's Product Management group and has more than 10 years of experience in digital media and technology, in Israel and New York. Prior to joining Outbrain, Amit was an early employee and a Production Director at Quigo Technologies' Feedpoint Division, a provider of search engine and comparison shopping engine marketing solutions. He currently resides in Israel.
Itai Hochman is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Outbrain. Prior to joining Outbrain, Itai served as Director of R&D at Schema Ltd. a provider of advanced network optimization solutions and professional services for telecom operators. Itai also held various management roles at Bandwiz, an information asset delivery company, and banking and payment solutions company VSoft. Itai holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He resides in Israel.
Josh Feller is Vice President of Business Development, USA at Outbrain. Josh and his team are responsible for all new and existing US-based distribution partnerships, including mobile, desktop and video. Josh has spent the past 10 years working with publishers both large and small across the web. Prior to joining Outbrain, he spent four years at Microsoft working in Business Development in both Seattle and New York focusing on Strategic Partnerships and prior to that spent 3 years in a similar role at Quigo, Inc. Josh started his digital career on the sales side working at Lycos, Inc. Josh currently resides in New York City with his wife and son.
Karen is Senior Vice President of Account Management, Americas at Outbrain. Karen has over 10 years of experience in digital media spanning from media buying and planning to SEM and campaign management.She currently oversees account management for both publisher distribution and traffic acquisition.Prior to joining Outbrain, Karen managed the account services team of the AdSonar division at Quigo Technologies, which was acquired by AOL in 2007.Karen graduated from Cornell University and resides in New York City with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Erik Cima is the GM, LATAM for Outbrain, the leading content discovery platform. With more than seven years of experience in Hispanic digital sales, Erik is primarily responsible for creating new relationships with publishers and brands across U.S. Hispanic and Latin America markets for Outbrain. Prior to joining Outbrain, Erik directed and managed sales operations for Univision Interactive Media and Televisa Digital, where he launched Televisa Digital’s commercial operations in the U.S. Erik also launched the U.S. operations for the Spanish language ad network, Click Diario, as their U.S. Business Development Manager. Erik earned his Masters in International Management from University of California, San Diego and his Bachelors from Brown University. Erik lives in New York.
Tom Foran is Chief Revenue Officer at Outbrain. As CRO, Tom leads all Sales, Business Operations and Client Services globally. Prior to joining Outbrain, Tom was the CRO of Crisp Media, a leading mobile rich media company. As GM of Ad Sales & Operations for Quigo, Tom was instrumental in driving the company's rapid growth (Quigo was acquired by AOL for $340 million in 2007). Tom also worked in business development at NBCi and Yahoo!. Tom graduated summa cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University and resides in New York City with his wife and 2 daughters.
Avi Zimak is Vice President of Sales, North America at Outbrain. With over 15 years of advertising sales experience working at the world's leading publishers, Avi has served as Advertising Director for HEARST Tablet Media, where he oversaw all aspects of tablet media advertising and marketing for HEARST's 20 domestic magazine brands, including titles such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire and Good Housekeeping. Prior to that, he served as Advertising Manager for Town & Country where he helped oversee a team responsible for millions in annual advertising revenue from leading brands and agencies. Avi has also held sales director positions at Gourmet, Details and Business 2.0 Magazine. He graduated from the State University of New York at Potsdam and lives in New York City with his wife and three daughters.
Shai Peretz is Senior Vice President of Operations and IT at Outbrain. Prior to joining Outbrain, Shai ran his own consulting firm, working with many Israeli Internet startups on the scalability and architecture of their Internet infrastructure. Shai also served as VP of Operations at Cyota Ltd. (acquired by RSA Security), a provider of security systems for the banking industry, fraud prevention and online phishing. Shai was VP of Operations for Shopping.com (acquired by eBay), a leading provider in online retail. Shai also held several technology management positions in various Israeli startups as a founder, CTO and Operations management. Shai holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as Jazz Piano studies in the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem. He resides in Israel.
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