Stratasys appoints Yoav Zeif as its new CEO
January 6, 2020
Stratasys Ltd, headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA, and Rehovot, Israel, has appointed Yoav Zeif as its CEO, effective from February 18, 2020. Elchanan (Elan) Jaglom, the company’s current Interim CEO, will continue in his role as Chairman.
Zeif reportedly brings global experience in industry transformation to Stratasys, having served in senior leadership roles for both public and private multi-billion-dollar corporations, leading worldwide operations across industries and professional domains.
Previously, he was President of the Americas Division, Head of Product Offering and Chief Commercial Officer at micro-irrigation company Netafim, from 2013 to 2018. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Products and Marketing at Makhteshim (now Adama Ltd.), a global crop-protection company, where he managed the entire portfolio of products and all global commercial relationships.
Since 2018, Zeif has been a partner in the New York office of McKinsey & Company. He obtained an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a PhD in International Economics from Bar-Ilan University.
Zeif is said to have an extensive executive management background in leading sales, product, R&D and manufacturing activity in complex competitive environments. At Netafim, he led the global development of an advanced irrigation system that leveraged Internet of Things (IoT) technology and artificial intelligence. He also restructured the organisation’s go-to-market strategy and expanded its coverage through an M&A strategy.
He is said to have transformed Netafim’s global product offering, digital marketing, and Crop Management Technology unit. With responsibility spanning a number of global geographies and multiple lines of business, Zeif reportedly delivered growth rates significantly higher than the surrounding market.
“Stratasys has led the expansion of the 3D printing industry for more than three decades, but the potential impact of this transformative technology across all industries is just beginning,” stated Jaglom. “Yoav brings the strong combination of leadership and global operational experience to fuel our next stage of growth. We are confident that as CEO he will advance our offering and further our vision to reshape the world of design, prototyping and manufacturing.”
Zeif commented, “Stratasys pioneered and continues to power the Additive Manufacturing landscape, enabling companies across virtually all industries to build and improve their businesses through 3D printing technology.”
“In particular, thanks to its outstanding innovations and application engineering, it is clear that Stratasys is poised not only to reshape product development and prototyping but also to transform supply chains and manufacturing through efficiency and personalisation,” he stated. “I am excited to be joining the company and its talented and dedicated teams around the world at such a pivotal time.”