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MS. DALIA NARKYS TO JOIN STRAUSS GROUP BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Strauss Group Chair, Ms. Ofra Strauss, today announced the appointment of Ms. Dalia Narkys to the Board of Directors of the Group as an external director. Strauss Group published an immediate report on the subject this morning. Until 2015, Ms. Narkys served as Chair of ManpowerGroup Israel and Director of the East Mediterranean Countries in the ManpowerGroup global organization, which is active in 82 countries, and as a member of the group's global management team. In this capacity, she was responsible for global business operations on a scale of NIS 3 billion, and as part of her activities, mentored hundreds of senior executives all over the world. Prior thereto, Ms. Narkys served as ManpowerGroup Israel's CEO and its Vice President of Business Development. Formerly, she was also the owner and CEO of Marom, a company engaged in training children and teens in computer applications. She is among the leading figures in Human Resources in Israel and brings with her rich, diverse global experience. In addition to her professional roles, Ms. Narkys is involved in extensive social activity: she is a member of the Israeli government's Directors Team, a member of the board of directors of the Israel Association of Community Centers and chair of its finance committee, a member of the executive committee of the Academic College of Tel Aviv – Yaffo, and for a decade served on the executive committee of the Afeka Tel Aviv College of Engineering, a member of the executive committee of ELEM Youth in Distress, was president of the Union of HR Companies in the Coordinating Bureau of Economic Organizations, a member of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel's response team, and vice president of IWF (the International Women's Forum) Israel. In the context of her role on the Board of Directors, Ms. Narkys will be heading the Board's Human Resources and Remuneration Committee. Strauss Group's Board of Directors comprises twelve members, of whom six are women.
Knesset Chairman Award to the Jasmine nonprofit organization, headed by Ofra Strauss
Last week, the Knesset Chairman Award was presented to Jasmine, a not-for-profit organization headed by Ofra Strauss. The award was presented to Jasmine CEO and founder, Ms. Kiram Baloum, for the nonprofit's activities to advance the creation of a society of respect, patience and tolerance. Jasmine was established in 2006 with the goal of working to advance women small and medium business owners across all sectors of Israeli society, and for women's inclusion in senior executive positions in the Israeli economy. At the last Jasmine Conference, which was attended by a diverse cross-section of women owners of small and medium businesses, the information presented on women's participation in the Israeli business world gave rise to concern: in 2016, only 4% of small and medium businesses in Israel were exclusively owned by women. Jasmine Chair, Ms. Ofra Strauss: "Small and medium businesses account for over 98% of businesses in Israel and employ over 50% of employees in the business sector, but despite their centrality in the economy, their path to success is rife with challenges and barriers. In the case of women-owned businesses the difficulties are far greater, and they without a doubt constitute untapped potential that will enable women to play an active part in the Israeli economy. Consequently, I believe that an economy is measured in how it treats small and medium businesses that are owned by women, because here it integrates two key elements in the economy. Countries that have succeeded in bolstering these businesses and determining regular procurement from them have shown a significant improvement in metrics." Receipt of the Knesset Chairman Award represents a milestone in the great volume of activity undertaken by Jasmine with the aim of helping to further women from all sectors in filling senior positions in the Israeli economy, and to encourage women who aspire to be independent and start a business of their own. Kiram Baloum, Jasmine's CEO and founder, said at the award ceremony: "Jasmine proves, in practical terms, the great advantage inherent in the model of combining forces, of cooperation between Jews and Arabs, of the possibility of excelling and being a leader, even in the periphery. Cooperation and shared effort are, in themselves, a powerful, efficient lever and growth driver. Collaborations strengthen not only the economic foundations of the business, but also nurture, empower and better the human capital, or, in plain simple Hebrew, people. They establish a base for building a business model that strengthens women and the economy alike. It attests to the strength, essentiality and considerable impact of women on society and on the economy".