Speakers' Biographies

Gil Shwed


Gil Shwed
Founder, Chairman & CEO

Gil Shwed is Check Point's founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Shwed is considered the inventor of the modern Firewall and holds several patents, such as the company's Stateful Inspection technology. Mr. Shwed has received numerous accolades for his individual achievements and industry contributions, including an honorary Doctorate of Science from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, the World Economic Forum's Global Leader for Tomorrow recognition for his commitment to public affairs and leadership in areas beyond immediate professional interests, and the Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award for his innovative contribution to business and technology.

Mr. Shwed is a member of the Board of Trustees of Tel Aviv University and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Youth University of Tel Aviv University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Yecholot Association Founded by the Rashi Foundation whose charter is, among other things, to reduce dropout rates in high schools.

Guy Gecht


Guy Gecht, Chief Executive Officer, EFI

Guy Gecht is Chief Executive Officer of EFI (NASDAQ: EFII), the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. As CEO, Gecht is focused on leading EFI to achieve greater growth in revenue and profitability. His key initiatives include increasing EFI's market penetration, diversifying the company's product offerings, and introducing new services that will drive demand for digital printing worldwide.

Since joining the company in 1995, Gecht has risen through the ranks at EFI, serving in a variety of management and engineering roles. Prior to being named EFI's CEO in January 2000, he served as President of the company. In this role, he spearheaded the launch of EFI's first suite of print workflow software, which leverages EFI's industry-leading color printing technology, while providing EFI with new and expanded markets. Since becoming CEO, he has also guided EFI through many acquisitions, including the acquisition of VUTEk, the world leader in superwide digital inkjet printing.

From January 1996 until July 1999, Gecht led EFI's engineering efforts for the company's largest product line, culminating in his position as Vice President, General Manager of EFI's Fiery Servers Division. He led his team to dramatically expand the depth and breadth of EFI's server product line, with over 35 products launched in 1998 alone. Today's Fiery servers can process more than 4000 full color variable data pages per minute, making it the industry's fastest digital server.

Before joining EFI, Gecht was Director of Engineering at Interro Systems and held software management positions at ASP and Apple Israel. From 1985 to 1990, he served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), managing an engineering development team and later, was an Acting Manager of one of the IDF's high-tech divisions.

Gecht was a member of the Israeli National Bridge Team and as a young player placed second in Europe and fifth globally in the World Junior Bridge Championships.

Gecht holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from Ben Gurion University in Israel.

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Conference Information

The Wynn, Las Vegas

January 21-24, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
12:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Thursday, January 23, 2014
7:00 AM – 5:45 PM

Friday, January 24, 2014
7:00 AM – 2:30 PM

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Wynn Hotel

January 21-24, 2014
The Wynn Las Vegas
$179.00 per night plus tax