XConnect Board

Board of Directors

Eli Katz CEO and Founder of XConnect

Eli Katz

CEO & Founder

Eli is the founder and CEO of XConnect. He has led the strategic direction of the company since 2005 when it launched its Interconnection and Number Registry services, through to the Number Information Services the company provides today.

Eli is the co-founder and Chairman of the UK’s IP communications industry body, the Internet Telephony Service Providers’ Association (ITSPA). ITSPA aims to promote competition and self-regulation, encouraging the development of a flourishing and innovative IP communications industry in the United Kingdom.

Before founding XConnect, Eli was Managing Director of Telco Global from its inception in 1996 to 2003. He was instrumental in driving the telecoms, Internet and mobile services provider’s rapid growth to one million customers and £250 million in annual revenue. He also was a key player in the IPO of Telco Global’s U.S. parent company.

This experience has led to Eli’s focus on establishing XConnect as the leading trusted global provider of Number Intelligence, with a relentless drive to ensure quality and service excellence for our customers. He holds various patents in the USA, UK and Europe in the areas of Enum, fraud and number registry optimisations and was recognised in the 2009 Global Telecoms Business’s 40 under 40 Award.


Neil Cohen

Director of finance

Neil joined XConnect as Director of Finance in April 2007. He has over 25 years’ experience of leading finance departments across a range of industries, where he has always put strong financial reporting and control mechanisms into operation.

Prior to XConnect, Neil was the Finance Director at the UK subsidiaries of Destia Communications and Viatel. He helped take the Viatel subsidiary into private ownership in 2001 and guided the new entity, Telco Global Communications, through a period of rapid growth, to revenues of £250m. This then led to its sale to OneTel, Centrica, three years later.

While at the leading broadcast equipment vendor, Mitcorp, he established new business divisions which were key to driving the company’s growth. Neil has used this experience to help develop XConnect from a number registry service provider, into establishing its successful Number Information Services business, to ensure it has the solid foundations for continued growth.

Advisory Board


Ohad Finkelstein

Chairman of the Board

Ohad Finkelstein has over 20 years of International business experience in the finance, hardware, software, Internet, Telecom, and venture capital industries in the US, Europe, and Asia. He is an expert on developing new markets and products, as well as restructuring and turning around processes.

Currently, he is leading International investments for Venrock Associates (www.venrock.com), one of the United States’ leading venture capital funds. He is also a private investor, and has served as a board member in some of the most promising technological companies in the world. Previously Ohad has held senior management positions in several companies including; Chairman and CEO of the Interoute Telecom Group (www.interoute.com), VocalTec Communications Ltd., Eurocom Communications Ltd., and Packard Bell Electronics from the US. He has also served as a senior advisor for I.D.E.A, a London based world-leader in financial and economic analysis.

Ohad holds bachelors degrees in Political Science and International Marketing from the University of California in Los Angels (UCLA). He is a member of the Institute of Directors, UK.


Dr. Paul Reynolds


Dr Paul Reynolds is a CEO, director, investor and advisor to companies in telecommunications, the internet and technology. He has over 12 years of public-company board governance experience in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Strong track-record in complex political environments, large scale infrastructure, corporate re-structuring, business and brand transformation, b 2 b market development and technology management.

yuval Shachar 

Yuval Shachar 


Yuval Shachar is a seasoned entrepreneur and IP communications expert with nearly 30 years experience in voice- and data-networking technology.

For five years ending in 2009, Yuval was a general manager in Cisco Systems’ service provider group. He joined Cisco after leading the creation of three companies that Cisco acquired: P-Cube, which specialized in IP service engineering; Pentacom, a pioneer in Dynamic Packet Transport products; and Infogear, an early developer of Web appliances. Yuval managed the growth of P-Cube as its president and CEO and, prior to that role, was a co-founder of Pentacom.

Previously, as vice president of research and development at VocalTec, he directed programs resulting in creation of the first set of VoIP architectures and products; VocalTec went public on NASDAQ. Earlier in his career, Yuval guided development of data and voice communications products and protocols while holding senior positions at National Semiconductor Corporation and Motorola.

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