Dean M. Krutty became our President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2018 after having served as our acting Chief Executive Officer since January 2017. Mr. Krutty became President of our Training and Simulation Division in January 2005, after having spent the prior thirteen years as a member of the FAAC management team, and was promoted to Arotech’s Senior Vice President, Operations – North America in January 2015 and Executive Vice President, Operations – North America in June 2016. He began his career at FAAC as an electrical engineer in FAAC’s part task trainer division and served as FAAC’s Director of Operations prior to becoming its President. He also has significant experience managing programs in the training and simulation industry. Mr. Krutty holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Michigan State University.
Thomas J. Paup has been our Vice President—Finance since December 2005 and our Chief Financial Officer since February 2006; in May 2013, Mr. Paup was promoted to Senior Vice President—Finance. 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 us, 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.
Ms. Kellar joins Arotech with strong experience in the field of finance. From November 2013 until accepting this position with Arotech, she was Senior Manager of External Reporting, PP&E Reporting and IFRS Accounting with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. From May 2009 until November 2013, Ms. Kellar was Vice President and controller of Silverpop Systems, Inc., a privately-held, international software development company. Since 1995 Ms. Kellar has held accounting and finance positions with both public and private companies, including serving from 2007 to 2009 as Chief Accounting Officer with Premier Exhibitions, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed provider of global museum-quality touring exhibitions. Ms. Kellar holds a bachelor’s of accounting and a master’s of science in taxation from Florida International University.
Yaakov Har-Oz has served as our Vice President and General Counsel since October 2000 and as our corporate Secretary since December 2000; in December 2005 Mr. Har-Oz was promoted to Senior Vice President. 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.
Ronen Badichi became the General Manager of Epsilor Electronic Industries in May 2005 and the head of our Battery Division in December 2007. Prior to joining Epsilor, Mr. Badichi served since 1999 as the General Manager of Maoz Industries, a high end supplier of displays to the aviation industry. Prior thereto, Mr. Badichi was a project manager at BAE Systems and served as the F-16 Avionics Integration manager in the Israeli Air Force, with the rank of Captain. Mr. Badichi holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Electro-Optic Engineering from the Lev Institute of Technology in Jerusalem.
David Modeen was named President of UEC Electronics in December 2016, after serving as Director of Product Management since joining the company in 2015. Prior to joining UEC, Mr. Modeen served as Director of Operations for IEC Electronics, an contract manufacturing services company serving the military, industrial and medical markets. Mr. Modeen also spent eleven years at Ultralife Corporation where he served as Vice President of Government & Defense Sales, VP - RD&E, and VP - Manufacturing for the Battery & Energy Products business unit. Mr. Modeen holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo and an M.B.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Kurt Flosky has been President of our Training & Simulation Division since January 2015, after having spent the prior 10 years serving as its Executive Vice President with ten additional years as member of FAAC’s senior management team. He has been with the organization since 1990 with extensive experience in program management and business development within the training and simulation arena. Mr. Flosky holds a M.S and B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. As President, Mr. Flosky oversees and directs the overall functioning of the company to include implementing corporate policy and process to ensure quality and promote productivity. He is also responsible for the preparation of the corporate business plan, overarching corporate strategy, and annual goals.
Colin Gallagher has served as our Controller and Chief Accounting Officer since May 2015. Prior to joining Arotech, Mr. Gallagher served as a Finance Director and Director of Accounting for Owens Corning, a NYSE listed company that is the world’s largest manufacturer of fiberglass and related products. Prior to Owens Corning, he was a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers based in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Gallagher holds a BBA in Accounting from Western Michigan University and obtained his MBA from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Michigan.