Commtouch Names Lior Kohavi as New CTO

Jun 04, 2013, 08:00 ET from Commtouch

MCLEAN, Virginia, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Commtouch® (NASDAQ: CTCH), a leading provider of Internet security technology and cloud-based services, today announced the appointment of Lior Kohavi as the company's new chief technology officer. He will be based in Commtouch's Israel office.

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Kohavi will lead the company's efforts to drive innovation in its development and delivery of new and existing services and its unique cloud-based infrastructure. He will also lead efforts to ensure Commtouch's security analysis and detection technologies continuously evolve to handle changes in the threat landscape and outperform alternative solutions.

Kohavi has more than 20 years of experience as a senior technology executive. For the last eight years, he served as a business strategy architect at Microsoft headquarters where he was part of the company's malware detection team and played a significant role in the development of Microsoft's mobile operating system. He previously served as vice president of product management and strategy at Whale Communications, a pioneer in the enterprise-class SSL VPN market, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2006. Prior to Whale, Kohavi led the development of cryptographic security at Cylink and served as the head of the Israel Air Force's Network and Operations Systems Department.

"Continual innovation is at the very heart of Commtouch's mission of becoming a leading provider of cloud-based Internet security solutions for service providers and vendors," said Shlomi Yanai, CEO at Commtouch. "Harnessing his broad expertise in the areas of malware detection and mobile security and his experience in product strategy, development and engineering, Lior will play a key role on our executive team as we further strengthen Commtouch's efforts to deliver high value solutions across our diverse partner ecosystem. I welcome him to the Commtouch team, and I'm confident that his expertise and proven leadership will help keep Commtouch at the forefront of our fast-paced industry."

Kohavi holds an Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University and a degree in computer science from Bar-Ilan University.

About Commtouch

Commtouch® (NASDAQ: CTCH) is a leading provider of Internet security technology and cloud-based services for vendors and service providers, increasing the value and profitability of our customers' solutions by protecting billions of Internet transactions on a daily basis. With 12 global data centers and award-winning, patented technology, Commtouch's email, Web, and antivirus capabilities easily integrate into our customers' products and solutions, keeping safe more than 350 million end users. To learn more, visit

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