Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Mati Kochavi is Founder and CEO of AGT International, a global provider of advanced public safety and security solutions. Our world today is being rapidly shaped by globalization, mobile technology and the Internet. Although these developments are seeds for progress, they must be fully understood and appreciated in order to secure and manage in today’s uncertain and evolving environment. AGT International understands this reality, and our knowledge is embedded in our products and solutions. Established in 2007, with 2,500 employees, representing nearly 50 nations, AGT operates in 5 continents and manages work with $1 billion in annual revenue. AGT is widely considered one of the world’s fastest growing security and public safety companies. We partner with organizations, helping them predict, prepare for, prevent and manage their unique challenges and threats, allowing them to pursue the myriad possibilities and opportunities offered by a safe and secure future.
Martin Edelman is AGT International’s Chairman. With more than 30 years’ experience in international real estate, corporate transactions and the hospitality industry, Mr. Edelman is currently of counsel to Paul Hastings LLP, where his focus has been large, complex transactions, including cross-border transactions. He has been involved in all stages of legal development of pioneering financial structures, including participating debt instruments, institutional joint ventures in real estate and joint ventures between U.S. financial sources and European real estate companies. He has also done extensive work in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the Middle East and Latin America. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences. Mr. Edelman is on the Board of Directors of Capital Trust, Avis Budget Group, Inc. and Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. He is on the advisory board at Columbia University’s Business School. Mr. Edelman is an advisor to Grove Real Estate Partners, The Related Companies and Fisher Brothers. He is on the boards of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Fisher House Foundation. Mr. Edelman graduated from Princeton University and Columbia Law School.
President, Product & Technology Group
Geoff Baird is President, Product & Technology Group at AGT International. He has 25 years’ experience in the high- tech industry, having driven growth and product strategies for start-ups and F500 companies. Mr. Baird has served as CEO of telecommunications firms Commtag, Xtempus and Psion. Immediately before joining AGT, Mr. Baird was VP, Global Product Operations at Avaya, where he oversaw $1B P&L and 500 global employees, reengineered the supply chain and achieved operational excellence. Mr. Baird received his MBA from the London Business School and a BSc in Cybernetics from the University of Reading.
Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Partnerships
Wayne Hull is Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Partnerships at AGT International, and a member of the company’s executive management team. Wayne has had a major impact on AGT’s growth since joining the company in 2012. His prior roles at AGT have included Vice President of Sales, Middle East & Africa and Vice President, Partner Management. Notably, Wayne was responsible for bringing to market AGT’s joint IoT offering with partner Cisco Systems. He also sits on the boards of several companies within the AGT network of companies.
Wayne’s expertise includes systems integration, the application of analytics to open source intelligence and the development of integrated safe-smart and IoT solutions for cities and critical assets. Before joining AGT he spent 20 years directing sales, business development, CRM and P&L for industry leaders Cisco, IBM and Accenture. His leadership positions have included Director and General Manager for Cisco in the Middle East and Global Executive for IBM’s System Group in Southern Africa.
Wayne is the founder of a non-profit organization focused on education projects across Southern Africa, and a board member at Teach South Africa and the Young Presidents’ Organization Emirates Chapter.
Wayne earned a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in industrial relations from the University of Cape Town and holds numerous professional certificates, including one from the General Management Executive Program at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland
Chief Human Resources Officer
Aviva Arnon is the Chief Human Resources Officer for AGT International. Prior to AGT, she was Director of Human Resources at Nice Systems, Inc. following a successful career as Chief Human Resource Officer and Managing Director at a number of other international companies. Ms. Arnon holds a BA in Psychology, an MA in Experimental Psychology and a PhD ABD in Business Management.
Chief Finance Officer
Tony Plesner is Chief Finance Officer (CFO) at AGT International, overseeing all finance and strategic business operations related to AGT’s global expansion. He served as EVP, Finance since joining the company in 2012. Mr. Plesner was previously CFO at IntraLinks, a global provider of content management and collaboration solutions, where he led the company through several transformative capital-raising events, including an LBO and subsequent IPO. He also oversaw upgrades to staff, systems, processes, controls and policies that facilitated fourfold revenue growth (to $200MM) and significantly stronger profits during his seven years with the company. Mr. Plesner’s experience includes COO and CFO positions at several global software and media companies, including key operating entities at Reuters (now Thomson Reuters), 24/7 Real Media, Medscape (now WebMD), thenewsmarket.com and Confer Software. Mr. Plesner received his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in Economics from Manchester University (UK).
Chief Portfolio and Marketing Officer
Amir Pushinsky is the Chief Portfolio and Marketing Officer of AGT International and Head of Corporate Marketing. He was the former Vice President of Marketing at Comverse, a publicly traded technology company. Mr. Pushinsky has over 20 years’ experience in management and leadership roles across many industries, including extensive experience in banking. He also currently serves as a board member in various corporate and non-profit organizations.
Chief Information Officer
Samer Ghanem is CIO of AGT International. Formerly the company’s Global VP of IT Systems, Mr. Ghanem is a seasoned technology executive with more than 15 years’ experience enhancing business operations through smart, efficient use of technology. His areas of expertise include global IT strategy and operations management, enterprise system architecture, design and integration, IT infrastructure and IT risk management. Before joining AGT, Mr. Ghanem was an entrepreneur and IT consultant at BMW Group, The New York Times, the United Nations and Applied Technologies International. He holds a Master’s In Technology Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Management from the University of Alexandria in Egypt.
Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau
CEO & Country Head, AGT Netherlands
Pieter-Christiaan (PC) van Oranje-Nassau is Vice President, Business Development and Country Manager, AGT Netherlands at AGT International. His experience includes work at Equity Capital Markets in London, a joint venture between ABN AMRO and NM Rothschild. He is also Chairman of the Dutch Association of Security Managers (VBN), a Board member at the Dutch Red Cross and a former Lieutenant Colonel of the Directorate of Operations of the Royal Military and Border Police Staff in Holland. PC obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) from Utrecht University and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.
Gadi Lenz, PhD
Gadi Lenz is Chief Scientist at AGT International. Leveraging more than 20 years’ experience in the high-tech sector and expertise in the IoT, including sensors, data analytics, machine learning, video and C2 systems, Gadi oversees AGT’s largest and most complex IoT projects for its government and corporate customers.
Prior to his current role, Gadi spent 8 years at AGT helping to define the company’s technical strategy, and placing it on course to be a leader in the IoT space. Previously, Gadi spent several years working for Bell Labs, where he was a Member of Technical Staff (MTS) and conducted optics and other research in Bell’s Physical Sciences Labs.
Gadi holds 17 patents, has published nearly 100 scientific peer-reviewed papers and co-founded an optical communications company that was sold to a large publicly traded optical communications equipment firm. He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD (the latter from MIT) in Electrical Engineering.
Senior Vice President, Global Services
Alain Pouget is SVP, Global Services at AGT International. With more than 25 years of services, support and operations experience in the telecommunications and networking industries, Alain is responsible for defining, developing and delivering world-class professional services in support of AGT’s global business objectives, including its IoT-based solutions (e.g., smart transportation and traffic management, featuring fully interconnected devices and data sources) for cities and other customers. Before joining the company, Alain was VP, Services at Juniper Networks and GM at Cisco Systems, where he led services and support, services sales, operations and business development. He was also Global VP and GM of OEM Business at Nortel Networks. Alain holds a Master’s degree in computer science and networks.
Joachim Schaper, PhD
Vice President & Head, Research Organization
Joachim Schaper is Vice President & Head, Research Organization at AGT International. Having created the company’s global research organization in Darmstadt, Mr. Schaper leads collaboration between internal-external researchers and business organizations to find innovative solutions for the global safety and security marketplace. Mr. Schaper’s research interests include information management and extraction, user interface technologies and IT security. Before joining AGT International, Mr. Schaper was Vice President, Research, EMEA at SAP AG. He holds a Doctorate (PhD) in Computer Science from Universität Karlsruhe (TH).
Olof Henricsson, PhD
SVP, Head of Business Continuity & Resiliency Solutions
Olof Henricsson is Senior Vice President at AGT International where he leads the company’s Business Continuity & Resiliency unit. Mr. Henricsson has more than 20 years of international leadership experience in the areas of telecommunications and strategy consulting. Previously an executive at Nokia Siemens Networks, he directed a multi-billion P&L and several hundred sales professionals covering 28 countries. Mr. Henricsson has also held several executive-level posts at Nokia Networks, including VP Sub-Region Central Europe and Head of Strategy and Business for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was also a strategy consultant in Boston Consulting Group’s high-tech practice, based in Zurich. Mr. Henricsson graduated from Lund Institute of Technology (Sweden) and received a Doctorate (PhD) from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
Yehuda Herbst is General Counsel at AGT International. An international lawyer with strong cross-border transactional and corporate experience, Mr. Herbst’s expertise includes private equity-related transactions and complex investments as well as the negotiation of agreements across all aspects of commercial activity. He also has experience establishing domestic and foreign investment funds and other alternative investment structures. Mr. Herbst holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, an LL.B and an MBA.