The Management Team


Amir Elbaz

Amir Elbaz

Chief Executive Officer

Amir has extensive experience in managing technology companies through their critical growth stages and utilizes his background to bring innovative ideas and products into the companies he manages. Amir has been advising companies on business strategy, restructuring and business development since 2005.

During his career he held CFO, marketing and business development positions. Prior to turning to managerial roles Amir had several positions with investment funds in the US and Europe, focusing on high-tech investments. Amir holds a BA and MBA in Finance and Investments. In spite of his many duties, Amir likes to run and exercise, travel with his family to exotic places and initiate bridges between business people around the world.
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Mitch Fleming

President

Mr. Fleming oversees all commercial aspects of the company including Strategy, Sales, Product Development & Marketing. He is responsible for further targeting the company’s mission and vision and ensuring overall alignment across the organization. 

Mr. Fleming was previously Executive Vice President of Global Sales for Ingenu, focused on delivering LPWAN IoT solutions. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Sales for Huntsville-based Adtran Inc, and Silicon Valley based telecommunication companies Cyanoptics and Calix. He has a long history of successfully leading both private and public organizations in all stages of growth.  He has had vast selling and business management experience for both hardware and software technologies furthering projects from proof of concept to commercial viability consistently, and has a proven track record in selling new technology to Service Providers in all Tier Levels.

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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Ryan’s career spans over twenty years and encompasses a broad scope of financial expertise that includes building and implementing business and accounting systems, arranging financings, profit forecasting, budgeting, M&A activities and supervision of business lines in the telecom sector.

Most recently, Mr. Ryan was an executive at Tellabs where he led the financial activities of the broadband products division. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Ryan was CFO of Chiaro Networks, Inc. a developer of infrastructure-class IP routing platforms. From 2000 to 2004, he served as CFO at Xtera Communications. For more than 12 years, Mr. Ryan held key positions in various divisions of Alcatel. Mr. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Francis Marion College, South Carolina and an MBA from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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Joel Futterman

Joel Futterman

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Futterman has a long history in the telecommunications industry. Before joining iPhotonix, he was Director of R&D for Siemens Communications. His 32 years of network architecture and product development experience includes Class 5 Central Office, access technologies, fiber-to-the-home and Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions.

Mr. Futterman has expertise in the development of products for both US and worldwide carriers along with 10 years of operations experience with international supply chain and fulfillment. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Rollins College, Orlando, Florida.
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The Board of Directors


 

Mr. Timothy Harden

Chairman

Mr. Timothy S. Harden, also known as Tim, joined the iPhotonix in January of 2018 and was appointed Chairman in May 2018. Previously, Mr. Harden served as President of Supply Chain and Fleet Operations – AT&T Services, Inc., where Mr. Harden oversaw all aspects of the business, including wireless, IP-based communications, high-speed Internet access and voice. Mr. Harden served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Western Region of AT&T Inc., since November 13, 2006. Mr. Harden served as President of network services for AT&T Inc. in a region and covered Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. He worked for SBC, which merged with AT&T. He started at Pacific Bell, another AT&T predecessor, in 1982. He has extensive experience in numerous facets of the communications industry. He served executive assignments with AT&T, SBC and Pacific Telesis, where he created a diverse portfolio, including management of network services and engineering, significant business deployments, procurement, operations, business development and customer relations. Mr. Harden has been a Member of Board of Advisors at Smartlink, LLC since February 18, 2015. He holds Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and Operations Research from U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. More

 

Amir Elbaz

Chief Executive Officer

Amir has extensive experience in managing technology companies through their critical growth stages and utilizes his background to bring innovative ideas and products into the companies he manages. Amir has been advising companies on business strategy, restructuring and business development since 2005.

During his career he held CFO, marketing and business development positions. Prior to turning to managerial roles Amir had several positions with investment funds in the US and Europe, focusing on high-tech investments. Amir holds a BA and MBA in Finance and Investments. In spite of his many duties, Amir likes to run and exercise, travel with his family to exotic places and initiate bridges between business people around the world.
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Boaz Gorfung

CEO, Molodan Ltd.

Mr. Gorfung is an accomplished manager with extensive experience in business development, strategy, sales and marketing. Mr. Gorfung serves as Director and Chief Executive Officer of Molodan Ltd., the technology investment arm of Tedea Technological Development & Automation Ltd, since early 2010. Previously, Mr. Gorfung served as the Tedea’s Vice President – Business Development from 2007 to January

2010. Mr. Boaz Gorfung currently serves as External Director at Communication Ltd, a large publicly traded company in the Israeli Stock Exchange, since March 2011. Prior to Molodan, Mr. Gorfung served as the CEO of Excalibur Ventures Ltd. Mr. Gorfung serves on the boards of several portfolio companies and providing guidance to few Israeli startup companies. Mr. Gorfung started his career as an attorney with the Law Firm of Offer & Frightag in Israel, focusing on IPOs, private placements and M&As. Mr. Gorfung has an LLB degree from Coventry University in England.
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Ronen Shviki

Mr. Shviki is an active angel investor in various high tech startups. From 2013-14 Mr. Shviki served as the VP for Business Development at Mendelssohn LTD and the CEO of one of their subsidiaries in Israel. Until late 2012 Ronen served as a Colonel in the Israeli Army and served in many leadership roles of combat and command units. Ronen’s academic background includes leadership, strategy and management seminars and courses. He holds a BA in Business Administration and LLB. Mr. Shviki has an LLB degree from one of the leading universities in Israel, The Interdisciplinary Center.