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Israel’s largest tech investment group Viola appoints executive search industry partner to lead human capital and establish fund as a premier talent powerhouse


TEL AVIV, Israel, November 16, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Viola, that of Israel largest technology investment group, today announced that Jeff shapiro will join the firm as a partner and new head of human capital operations. Driven by intense competition for high tech talent in Israel, Shapiro will set up a dedicated operation to support portfolio companies in their search for experienced executives both in Israel and globally, particularly in Vice President and C-level positions.

Shapiro, a seasoned executive recruiter for technology and life science companies, brings to Viola over 25 years of executive search experience. Until recently, Jeff was a Senior Partner at Kingsley Gate Partners, a global firm specializing in the placement of management and board members for corporate clients in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Shapiro has worked extensively with many that of Israel leading technology companies and funds.

Zvika Orron, general partner at Viola, commented, “Israeli businesses are growing faster and aiming higher than ever. As a result, entrepreneurs need to build their leadership teams early in the business lifecycle, intensifying competition for high quality executives. As investors, we believe it is part of our role to design solutions that give our businesses an edge in the market. This understanding drove our decision to change the conversation about VC’s human capital operations and place more emphasis on talent acquisition, particularly at the executive level. We are delighted that Jeff has joined Viola and firmly believe that we will now be in the ideal position to help the companies in our portfolio build the leadership teams they need to grow successfully. ”

As Viola’s partner and head of human capital operations, Shapiro will interface with the management teams of over 100 portfolio companies across Viola’s four investment arms, from start-ups to publicly traded companies.

The new human capital operation adds to the comprehensive data resources that Viola has built up over the past two years to facilitate the recruitment and retention needs of employees at its portfolio companies.

Jeff shapiro, Partner, Human Capital at Viola, commented, “Human capital has become a significant challenge for Israeli startups and is expected to intensify amid increasing competition in the local ecosystem. venture capital market. “

Shapiro added: “Over the past few years we have seen an increasing number of Israeli companies keep their headquarters in Israel, including the managerial positions they used to recruit from overseas. The era of digital distribution supports this trend, which I believe will continue to grow and, as a result, will increase the demand for local executives. “

About Viola

The viola is that of Israel largest technological investment group with $ 3.5 billion of assets under management in four investment branches: Viola Ventures, Viola Growth, Viola Fintech and Viola credit. To date, Viola has invested in over 200 companies, 12 of which have become unicorns, such as IronSource, Payoneer, Pagaya, Outbrain, SimiliarWeb, Redis Laboratories, Immunai, and more.

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