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About Argus

Argus, the global leader in automotive cyber security, provides comprehensive and proven solution suites to protect connected cars and commercial vehicles against cyber-attacks. With decades of experience in both cyber security and the automotive industry, Argus offers innovative security methods and proven computer networking know-how with a deep understanding of automotive best practices. Customers include car manufacturers, their Tier 1 suppliers, fleet operators and aftermarket connectivity providers. Founded in 2014, Argus is headquartered in Tel Aviv, with offices in Michigan, Silicon Valley, Stuttgart and Tokyo.

Argus is an independent company of Elektrobit, a leading provider of automotive software products and services.

  • Ronen Smoly
    Ronen Smoly CEO

    Ronen Smoly is CEO of Argus Cyber Security since December 2020. In his previous role Ronen served as VP of Sales at Argus for 3 years, successfully leading its market penetration and global expansion initiatives. Ronen brings over two decades of sales management and business development experience from the telecommunications, cyber security and media markets to Argus. Prior to joining Argus, Ronen served as VP Sales at Hola and held senior management positions at Cisco, NDS (a News Corp Company), Jungo and Cardonet. Ronen holds a B.Sc. in information systems, industrial engineering and management from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

  • Yaron Galula
    Yaron Galula Co-Founder & CTO

    Yaron Galula is co-founder and CTO of Argus. Yaron is a cyber security expert who served as Captain and a project manager in the Israeli IDF intelligence unit 8200 where he took part in two Israel Defense Prize winning projects and was awarded the Chief of Military Intelligence award twice. Yaron was previously an algorithms team leader at ConvertMedia and a VFX artist at Mr. X Inc. Yaron holds a B.Sc. in computer engineering, Cum Laude, from the Israel Institute of Technology.

  • Oron Lavi
    Oron Lavi Co-Founder & Chief Architect

    Oron Lavi is co-founder and Chief Architect of Argus. Oron is a cyber security expert who served as Captain and a R&D team leader in the Israeli IDF intelligence unit 8200 where he took part in two Israel Defense Prize winning projects. Oron was previously a senior software engineer at Salesforce.com and the CTO at CBVW. Oron holds a B.Sc. in computer engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from the Tel Aviv University.

  • Zeev Farkash
    Zeev Farkash VP Sales

    Zeev Farkash is VP Sales at Argus. Zeev brings over 26 years of vast international experience in various sales and executive positions in the fields of Telecom, Video Surveillance, Semiconductors. and IT. Prior to joining Argus, Zeev held the role of VP Global Sales at RADWIN, a market leader in delivering high-performance Broadband Wireless Access. Prior to RADWIN, Zeev worked in different international large companies such as IBM, Applied Materials, NICE, and Alvarion as well as in startups such as IOIMAGE, WAVION, Siklu and Vocalzoom. Zeev holds a B.A in Electronics Engineering from the Tel-Aviv University.

  • Daniel Pichoto
    Daniel Pichoto VP HR

    Daniel Pichoto serves as VP Human Resources at Argus. Daniel is a seasoned HR executive leader with proven success in managing global and diverse HR teams in dynamic high-tech environments. Prior to Argus, she served in HR executive roles at Tango Me, Viber and Cyberint, among others. Daniel has vast experience in helping organizations and executives execute business strategies by providing end-to-end HR services in each stage of the organization’s lifecycle. She holds an MBA from Ono Academic College.

  • Rachel Pekin
    Rachel Pekin VP Marketing & Strategic Alliances

    Rachel Pekin is VP Marketing & Strategic Alliances at Argus. Rachel is a global marketing executive with a solid record of success for global market leaders such as Microsoft and BDO Canada. She spent over a decade at Microsoft in various marketing and business development leadership roles for software vendors (ISV’s) & startups and 7 years in Canada in senior marketing roles at Ideaca (acquired by Hitachi) and BDO Canada. Prior to joining Argus, Rachel was VP Marketing at Voyager Labs, an AI SaaS company. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Tel Aviv – Jaffa College and a post-graduate certificate in Marketing Management from George Brown College, Toronto.

  • Ido Ben-Ami
    Ido Ben-Ami VP R&D

    Ido Ben-Ami is VP R&D at Argus. Ido brings two decades of experience in leading & managing the development of complex and highly secure software products and has an extensive understanding of mobile defense systems. Before joining Argus, Ido served as VP R&D at Kaymera and held senior management positions at Cellebrite, including head of R&D, forensics. Ido holds a B.Sc. in computer science, Magna Cum Laude, from Netanya College.  

  • Michal Frenkel
    Michal Frenkel VP Product & Strategy

    Michal is VP Product & Strategy at Argus. She brings over 15 years of experience in Product Management, leading product lines in various fields including SaaS, Vulnerability Management, Virtualization and more. Michal holds a B.Sc degree in Computer Science from the Hebrew University and a Master’s Ddegree in Computer Science from the Bar Ilan University.

  • Yael Bari Ephraim
    Yael Bari Ephraim VP Delivery

    Yael serves as VP Delivery at Argus. Yael brings over 15 years of vast international experience in building and leading delivery departments.
    Prior to joining Argus, Yael held several executive roles in the fields of Telecommunications, IOT, Cyber Security and Crypto. She managed the global delivery of Cisco Connected-Home products, expanded the delivery of Cisco products around the globe, building and deploying the home routers’ software for millions of consumers. Yael holds an MBA with a major in Finance from IDC Herzliya and has a B.Sc in Information Systems Engineering from the Tel-Aviv University.

  • Lital Balatz
    Lital Balatz VP Finance

    Lital Balatz is VP Finance at Argus. She brings over 20 years of executive financial management experience, having led finance departments of global multidisciplinary companies in the fields of semiconductors and cloud. Prior to joining Argus, Lital was SVP Finance & Accounting at AllCloud Group, a consulting and professional services company in the AWS Cloud and Salesforce CRM assimilation space. Previously, she served as the CFO of Freescale (NXP) Israel, following her tenure as the company’s controller. Lital is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a B.A in Finance and Accounting from Tel Aviv University.

  • Yehuda Kaufman
    Yehuda Kaufman VP Consulting & Research

    Yehuda is VP Consulting & Research at Argus. He brings a strong cyber background with extensive experience in leading customer-facing and technology groups in startup and medium-sized companies. Prior to Argus, Yehuda was co-founder and COO at SigmaDots and held senior management positions at Time to Know and PointRF. He served as a Lieutenant colonel (Ret.) in the IDF, where he headed a technological branch of Intelligence Unit 8200. Yehuda holds an MBA and B.Sc (Electrical Engineering) degrees from Tel Aviv University.

  • Dr. Michael Müller
    Dr. Michael Müller President EMEA

    Michael Mueller is the President of Argus in the EMEA region. Michael has a rich entrepreneurship and management background in the automotive industry. Since founding Magility GmbH & Co. KG in Germany he is Managing Director of this company as well as on the Board of Directors of privately-held companies and on the advisory board of Universities. Prior to Argus, Michael served as Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Technology Consulting, as head of Knowledge Management at Daimler Corporate University and as Head of Strategy and Process Management at Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Prior to that he was an officer in the army of the German Federal Forces. Michael received a Dipl.Ing.univ. in Engineering from University of the German Federal Forces in Munich and an Dr. from Technical University in Vienna.

  • Naama Shemesh
    Naama Shemesh Director of Business Operations

    Naama Shemesh is Business Operations Manager at Argus. Naama has over a decade of business operations and management experience. She was Director of Operations at Biogaming, a health physical therapy startup, and headed the project management activities at Queenco Leisure International, an owner & developer of market land-based entertainment centers and casinos. Upon obtaining her law degree, Naama interned at a major Israeli law firm. Naama holds a Bachelor of Laws from IDC Herzliya.