Robert S. Ehrlich has
been our Chairman of the Board since January 1993 and our President
and Chief Executive Officer since October 2002. From May 1991 until
January 1993, Mr. Ehrlich was our Vice Chairman of the Board, and
from May 1991 until October 2002 he was our Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Ehrlich was a director of Eldat, Ltd., an Israeli manufacturer
of electronic shelf labels, from June 1999 to July 2003. From 1987
to June 2003, Mr. Ehrlich served as a director of PSC Inc. (“PSCX”),
a manufacturer and marketer of laser diode bar code scanners, and,
between April 1997 and June 2003, Mr. Ehrlich was the chairman of
the board of PSCX. Mr. Ehrlich received a B.S. and J.D. from Columbia
University in New York, New York.
Steven Esses has
been a director since July 2002 and our Executive Vice President
since January 2003 and Chief Operating Officer since February 2003
and our President since December 2005. From 2000 till 2002, Mr.
Esses was a principal with Stillwater Capital Partners, Inc., a
New York-based investment research and advisory company (hedge fund)
specializing in alternative investment strategies. During this time,
Mr. Esses also acted as an independent consultant to new and existing
businesses in the areas of finance and business development. From
1995 to 2000, Mr. Esses founded Dunkin’ Donuts in Israel and
held the position of Managing Director and CEO. Prior thereto, he
was Director of Retail Jewelry Franchises with Hamilton Jewelry,
and before that he served as Executive Director of Operations for
the Conway Organization, a major off-price retailer with 17 locations.
Yaakov Har-Oz has
served as our Vice President and General Counsel since October 2000
and as our corporate Secretary since December 2000. From 1994 until
October 2000, Mr. Har-Oz was a partner in the Jerusalem law firm
of Ben-Ze'ev, Hacohen & Co. Prior to moving to Israel in 1993, he
was an administrative law judge and in private law practice in New
York. Mr. Har-Oz holds a B.A. from Brandeis University in Waltham,
Massachusetts and a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School (where he was
an editor of the law review) in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a member
of the New York bar and the Israel Chamber of Advocates.
Norman E. Johnson has
served as our Controller and as our chief accounting officer since
August 2006. Prior to joining Arotech, Mr. Johnson was the Corporate
Controller with Catuity Inc., a Nasdaq-listed provider of loyalty
and gift card solutions. Prior to Catuity, he was with the McCoig
Group, a Detroit based holding company, and from March 2000 to August
2004 he was the Corporate Controller of Learning Care Group Inc.,
a $250 million Nasdaq-listed provider of child care and educational
services. Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. in Accounting from Central Michigan
University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Thomas J. Paup has
been our Vice President – Finance since December 2005 and
our Chief Financial Officer since February 2006. Mr. Paup is currently
also a Finance Lecturer at Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Paup
was an Affiliated Partner with McMillan|Doolittle LLP from March
2002 until accepting this position with the Company, and prior thereto,
he was an Executive in Residence and Finance Instructor at DePaul
University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Prior
to his teaching experience, Mr. Paup spent over 25 years in the
retail industry. Most recently, between 1997 and 2000, Mr. Paup
was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and
member of the Board of Directors of Montgomery Ward and Company.
Mr. Paup brings a broad background of strategic and operational
management experiences from the department store industry, where
he served as CFO of Lord & Taylor and Kaufmann’s and Controller
of Bloomingdale’s and Robinson-May. Mr. Paup holds an MBA
in Finance and a BBS from Eastern Michigan University.