Ronit Atad was tapped on Monday to be the next CEO of Ra’anana-based Microsoft Israel. She will take up the position in October, succeeding Shelly Landsmann, who announced about a month and a half ago that she would be stepping down as head of the tech company’s business operations in Israel. The business division is focused on Microsoft’s cloud services.
Over the past two years, Atad has been the CEO of Elad Software Systems, an Israeli company with a workforce of about 1,000. Prior to that she worked as a senior vice president responsible for management and sales at Amdocs, including 12 years in the division that worked in the United States with AT&T. On her return from the U.S., she became a vice president in the business division of Amdocs and was involved in the company’s acquisition of Comverse.
She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in industrial engineering and management from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Microsoft also operates separate research and development operations in Israel that have been headed by Assaf Rappaport since last year.