Zohar Zisapel Chairman of RAD Data Communications, founded the company in 1981 together with his brother, Yehuda. In a relatively short period, RAD has grown into a group of fifteen companies with aggregate sales of $820 million in 2007. Five of those companies are traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange: RADVISION, Ceragon Networks, Radware, RADCOM, and Silicom. Seven of the companies that started under the umbrella of the Group merged or were acquired and most continue to operate in Israel under different names (Siemens, Avaya, etc.).
Prior to founding RAD, Mr. Zisapel served as head of the Electronic Research Department of the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv and received the Israel Defense Prize in 1979. Mr. Zisapel was honored with both the Israel Export Award and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1994 and the Hugo Raminceanu Award for Economics in 1996. He was nominated by the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology as a Distinguished Fellow of its Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 1998, received an Israeli Industry Life Award in 1999, a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Technion in 2001, and the Israel Communications Award in 2004.
Zohar Zisapel received both his bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from the Technion. He also holds a masters degree in business administration from Tel Aviv University.
From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Zisapel served as Chairman of the Israel Association of Electronic Industries.