As of October 2008 Ze'ev Drori is on the board of directors and Vice Chairman of Tesla. Prior to this position, he was the President and CEO.
He is a successful high-tech entrepreneur and an experienced chief executive with the proven ability to create and manage companies with innovative products in both the high-tech and automotive sectors. He has more than 30 years of continual success and has demonstrated the ability to lead a company from conception to profitability and public offering.
The first company he founded was Monolithic Memories, a Silicon Valley semiconductor firm that pioneered fundamental advances in memory and logic technology, before being acquired by Advanced Micro Devices in 1987. Under his leadership, Monolithic introduced programmable read-only memory (PROM) and programmable array logic (PAL), which revolutionized many aspects of computer and electronic systems technology. As CEO through 1981, Zeâ€™ev was responsible for R&D, manufacturing, marketing, finance, worldwide sales and overseas operations for product assembly. Zeâ€™ev served as chairman of the board from 1981 through 1987.
After the sale of Monolithic Memories, Zeâ€™ev purchased a controlling interest in Clifford Electronics, then a small start-up in auto security systems and the perfect combination of his twin passions for technology and automobiles. As chairman and CEO, he rapidly developed Clifford into the worldâ€™s leading automobile security company through significant innovations, such as remote control alarms and distribution relationships with domestic and international car manufacturers as well as a network of thousands of retail dealers. In 1999, Zeâ€™ev sold Clifford Electronics to Allstate Insurance.
Competitive and focused, Zeâ€™ev has taken up racing Formula cars, pitting his skills against young drivers aspiring to become professional racers. In his every pursuit, Zeâ€™ev brings his passion and commitment, with an eye on the finish line, and translates that focus into a winning formula for technology companies.
- 06/30/08 -techcrunch.com