31 Aug New Management Appointments at IAI Ltd.
August 31, 2021– Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) recently announced a series of executive management appointments. The company’s growth is evidenced by its record-breaking performance over the past two years. As such, the company seeks to strengthen its executive management to tackle the challenges presented by the ever changing market and to continue the company’s growth.
Guy Bar Lev will be the Executive VP & GM of the Systems, Missiles and Space Group. Bar Lev served as deputy GM of Systems Missiles & Space Group and previously as Operations VP at Eltel. After serving in various commanding roles in the IDF’s Border Protection Division, Bar Lev finished his military services as Chief Intelligence Reconnaissance Officer.
Shmuel Kuzi will serve as Executive VP and General Manager of the Aviation Group. Kuzi led the initiative to unite the engines factory, accessories, flight lines, and MRO into a single business entity within the Aviation Group, and served as GM of the unified business line, Bedek-MRO division. In the past, Kuzi served as Executive VP of Central and North America at El Al, as well as Executive VP of Maintenance, Logistics and Engineering. Kuzi joined IAI in 2018, and in his last role in the IDF served as Commander of the Aerial Maintenance Unit.
Eitan Eshel has been appointed Executive VP and Chief Technology Officer. Eshel served as Executive VP of Marketing and Business Development in the Land and Military Manufacturing Division at Elbit. Prior to joining Elbit, Eshel served as Executive VP of Signal Intelligence at Elisra, which followed 18 years in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) in the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD), where he served as head of R&D in his last role.
Avi Elisha will be the General Manager of the MBT Missile Division. Elisha served as IAI’s TAMAM Division GM since 2015 and joined IAI in 2013 and served as Manager of Electro-Optics in the TAMAM Division. In his last role in the IDF, Elisha served as Director of Munition Systems in the Technological Division of the IDF Ground Forces.
Yehuda (Hodi) Lahav was appointed the Executive VP of Marketing. Lahav was the Chief Business Officer at NSO, the Director of the Rakia division of IAI’s Military Aircraft Group and a Director of Marketing in the company. Lahav, a former IDF combat navigator and Colonel in the reserves finished his military career after serving as the Commander of the Ovda Airbase and as IDF’s military attaché in Paris.