Israel-based Kornit Digital, a manufacturing company focused on the digital textile printing market, announces the retirement of the firm's chief technology officer, Ofer Ben-Zur, who founded the company in 2002. Over the course of his tenure Ben-Zur served in multiple roles for Kornit, including CEO and manager of research and design. Ben-Zur will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.
“I would like to thank Ofer for 13 amazing years with Kornit,” says Gabi Seligsohn, the company’s CEO. “As founder of the company, Ofer led Kornit from an idea to a leadership position in a fast growing market which he helped define.”
With Ben-Zur’s retirement, Kornit names Dr. Nuriel Amir, Ph.D., as the company’s new CTO, effective immediately. Amir joins the company with more than two decades of leadership experience, including his recent position as technology director for KLA Tencor, a supplier of LED, semiconductor and nanoelectronics products. Prior to KLA Tencor, Amir served as research and design director at NOR Technology and he filled various leadership and research roles at the Intel corporation for 11 years. In the education field, Amir has taught at multiple universities in Israel and has produced 40 publications and holds 20 current and pending patents under his name.
“Our tireless work over the past several years has helped to build a world class research and development team capable of expanding Kornit’s product and technology offerings in order to take advantage of the continued growth of our sector,” says Ben-Zur. “There is no doubt that Dr. Amir brings a great strategic fit to help lead these efforts.”
The new appointment comes as part of a busy year for Kornit. In early 2016, the company announced it was shipping multiple Avalanche 1000 systems to Amazon for a merchandising program; in May the company widened international channels with the addition of a new distributor in the United Kingdom; and just last week it announced that it was buying the direct-to-garment printing assets of SPSI, a Maple Grove, Minnesota-based distributor targeting the screen and digital printing and embroidery markets.