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Kontera’s Corporate Expansion Continues With Two Seasoned Executive Hires, and Scaling of the Products and Operations Group
By: Business Wire
Aug. 20, 2009 09:46 AM
Kontera, the leading provider of relevant In-Text advertising and information solutions, announced today that it has hired Ammiel Kamon as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Ayelet Levav as Vice President of Human Resources. The company has also promoted Assaf Henkin to Executive Vice President of Products, to lead an expanded products and operations organization. Kontera’s expansion comes on the heels of significant growth in the company’s network and business. Its network has grown by more than 40 percent in the past year, and its healthy operations recently attracted more than $15M in growth financing led by Sequoia Capital.
“We are accelerating our business through operational expansion and the addition of exceptional senior leadership in three key areas,” said Yoav Shaham, CEO of Kontera. “Now is the time to scale our marketing and bring our message to the broader market in a significant way. We are also investing in the growth of our people and strengthening our Human Capital across the organization. Lastly, we have some phenomenal technology innovations on deck, and we are scaling the products group and its leadership to capitalize on the clear market demand for our solutions.”
Ammiel Kamon brings 19 years of marketing, technology, products and Internet leadership experience. Previously he was the Vice President of Marketing at Rearden Commerce, and the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Products at Emptoris, where he was instrumental in attaining market leadership and establishing the company’s challenger brand. Earlier in his career Ammiel served as a Vice President and business unit General Manager at Netscape Communications, which he joined in the company’s first year of operations. During his five years with Netscape, Kamon also led marketing for Netscape’s e-commerce products which accounted for more than 30 percent of revenues, and he served as strategic marketing lead and Director of Technology in the CTO’s office. Prior to joining Netscape Kamon held several leadership positions with Oracle Corporation. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Business from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ayelet Levav comes to Kontera with more than 14 years of multinational experience in human capital management, consulting and business. Previously she was Vice President of Human Resources at Telrad Networks, and held senior positions at Hay Group, Viola Networks and Amdocs. During her time at Amdocs, her focus was on enabling rapid growth through effective organic on-boarding and accretive M&A transactions. In her five years with the company, it grew from 6,000 to more than 10,000 employees. Levav was responsible for Global Human Resources. She also led the Human Capital function within Amdocs’ global M&A team, playing an active role in managing large scale acquisitions, from initial planning through successful integration, in both the US and Europe. She graduated from Tel Aviv University with a BA in political science and labor studies.
Assaf Henkin is a co-founder of Kontera, and has led product management and product operations since inception. He has more than 11 years of experience in web-based products ranging from e-commerce to online advertising and content platforms. Prior to co-founding Kontera, he served as a technical lead on several large scale e-commerce applications at iXL, Inc. a leading interactive consulting firm. Henkin is a globally recognized expert on semantic-analysis products, delivering in-contextual information, and Internet advertising. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS in Computer Information Systems (Magna Cum Laude) and holds an MBA from the Joint Executive MBA Program at Kellogg, Northwestern University and Recanati, Tel Aviv University.
“I am delighted that we’ve been able to attract individuals of Ammiel’s and Ayelet’s caliber,” said Shaham, Kontera’s CEO. “They are top tier players with proven track records. Assaf has led our product direction since the company’s inception. His promotion recognizes the success that he has attained, as well as the investment and scaling that we are currently making within our product and operations group.”
Kontera delivers the most relevant In-Text Advertising & Related Information solutions online. Kontera’s patented technology performs real-time semantic analysis of content and other information to dynamically hyper-link the terms that most accurately represent and predict user-intent and engagement. Kontera enhances consumer experience through superior phrase relevance, driving increased user interaction, unparalleled campaign performance for advertisers, and substantial revenue for publishers. Reaching more than 100 Million unique users per month, Kontera’s exclusive network features over 15,000 premium and niche publishers and represents a unique opportunity for advertisers to reach their target audiences through innovative text, rich media and video advertising units. Founded in 2003, Kontera is backed by Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital and Carmel Ventures, and has offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and Tel Aviv. For more about Kontera, visit: www.kontera.com.
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