December 29, 2016 | The CEO of Apple’s Israel activities, Aharon Aharon, has been appointed to lead Israel’s Innovation Authority. He will be in charge of strengthening and leading Israeli innovation. The post was formerly known as the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Economy Ministry. The Authority is in charge of the nation’s innovation policies and aims to help foster resources and conditions to promote the nation’s technological ecosystem. Aharon has served since 2011 as CEO of Apple Israel, and previously served in the IDF’s elite Intelligence Unit 8200. He holds two degrees from the Technion, in computer and electrical engineering. He began his career at IBM, and then moved on to work in a number of private sector posts, including at Zoran Corporation and Seabridge. Aharon was also involved in setting up two startups that were later sold in exit deals. He was instrumental in the establishment of Israel’s Apple activities. Avi Hasson, Israel’s Chief Scientist and chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority, will be leaving his post in the coming months after heading the office for six years.