Yacov Kaufman Steps Down as CFO of Perion; Seasoned Financial Executive Ophir Yakovian to Join Perion as Its CFO

TEL AVIV, Israel & NEW YORK, May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Perion Network Ltd. (NASDAQ:PERI), a global technology leader in advertising solutions for brands and publishers, announced today that Yacov Kaufman, Perion CFO for the last 11 years, has decided to step down in order to pursue other opportunities. Perion also announced that Ophir Yakovian has agreed to join Perion as its Chief Financial Officer effective June 13.


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Ophir is an experienced public company CFO with more than a dozen years of experience working with NASDAQ-listed companies.

In the last 16 years, Ophir has held CFO positions in global publicly traded companies. Most recently, Ophir served as CFO of the Tnuva Group, Israel’s largest food group, where he was responsible for leading a major organizational change in the Finance division, including centralization of functions and streamlining the workforce. Previously, he was CFO of Lumenis (traded on NASDAQ under "LMNS"), where he contributed to a successful business turnaround, including leading cost-reduction efforts to improve profitability and debt refinancing initiatives to streamline the balance sheet, ultimately leading to the successful acquisition of Lumenis by the XIO Group. After beginning his professional career at Deloitte-Touche (Israel) as an Audit Senior, he worked as a corporate controller at Metalink, a NASDAQ-listed company, before joining Verint Systems as Vice President of Finance and CFO of the local company.

“I am excited to contribute my expertise in optimizing the expense structure, streamlining operations and enhancing processes to support sustainable and profitable growth,” commented Mr. Yakovian.

Doron Gerstel, Perion’s CEO commented, “Ophir’s public company experience, expertise in operational improvements and cost reduction are essential factors to facilitate Perion’s expense optimization, enabling us to redirect investments to drive long-term growth. I wish to thank Yacov Kaufman for his years of dedication to Perion. Yacov was instrumental in Perion’s growth, creating its financial departments, establishing its presence in multiple capital markets and facilitating numerous international M&A transactions, taking Perion from a private Israeli startup, with less than $8 million in revenues, to a publicly traded global leader in two established market segments with revenues exceeding $300 million. These are significant accomplishments, and on behalf of the board, shareholders, and the employees of Perion, I wish him well in his future endeavors.”

About Perion Network Ltd.

Perion is a global technology company that delivers advertising solutions to brands and publishers. Perion is committed to providing data-driven execution, from high-impact ad formats to branded search and a unified social and mobile programmatic platform. More information about Perion may be found at www.perion.com, and follow Perion on Twitter@perionnetwork.

Forward Looking Statements
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Contact Information: Perion Network Ltd. Investor relations Vicky Batkin +972 (73) 398-1000 investors@perion.com

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