Israel (Izzy) Tapoohi, widely regarded
as one of Israelís most innovative and successful business
executives, became president and CEO of Development Corporation
for Israel/Israel Bonds on October 31.
In welcoming Tapoohi, Chairman of the
Board Richard Hirsch said, "Mr. Tapoohiís forward-looking
business acumen, together with his heartfelt Zionist ideals,
make him exceptionally well-qualified to elevate the Bonds
organization to new levels of achievement."
Born in Israel and
raised in Melbourne, Australia, Tapoohi was a Zionist activist
in New South Wales and served as chairman of the local aliyah
organization. In 1979, he immigrated with his family to Israel.
Tapoohi brings an
outstanding level of experience to the Bonds organization.
Highly regarded for his private sector expertise and insights,
he served as a top executive for many of Israelís most prominent
companies, including chairman of the board of Africa-Israel
Investments and executive chairman of the board of Bezeq,
Israelís telecommunications provider and largest corporation.
A proactive entrepreneur, Tapoohi
was founder and CEO of InQSOFT, Ltd., which evaluated
early-stage start-ups and provided recommendations to top-level
As president and CEO of Israel
Bonds, Tapoohi said his agenda will be to "deliver a two-part
message: Israel bonds are not only an important means of
connecting with Israel, but also excellent additions to
Emphasizing this approach, Tapoohi
said, "Every day in Israel brings forth new technological
breakthroughs with extraordinary implications for the entire
world. When people invest in Israel bonds, they instantly become
partners in this ongoing success, while acquiring securities
that make good business sense Ė a powerful and compelling
motivation to buy Israel bonds."