Dean M. Krutty has been Arotech's Senior Vice President in charge of North American Operations since January of 2015. Mr. Krutty was promoted to Arotech SVP after a successful 10 year term as the president of Arotech's Training and Simulation Division. He began his career at FAAC Incorporated as an electrical engineer in FAAC's part task trainer division, and was the director of operations prior to becoming FAAC's president. Mr. Krutty has significant experience managing programs in the training and simulation industry. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Michigan State University.
Thomas J. Paup has been our Vice President—Finance since December 2005 and our Chief Financial Officer since February 2006; in May 2013, Mr. Paup was promoted to Senior Vice President—Finance. Mr. Paup is currently also a Finance Lecturer at Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Paup was an Affiliated Partner with McMillan|Doolittle LLP from March 2002 until accepting this position with us, and prior thereto, he was an Executive in Residence and Finance Instructor at DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Prior to his teaching experience, Mr. Paup spent over 25 years in the retail industry. Most recently, between 1997 and 2000, Mr. Paup was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Montgomery Ward and Company. Mr. Paup brings a broad background of strategic and operational management experiences from the department store industry, where he served as CFO of Lord & Taylor and Kaufmann's and Controller of Bloomingdale's and Robinson-May. Mr. Paup holds an MBA in Finance and a BBS from Eastern Michigan University.
Yaakov Har-Oz has served as our Vice President and General Counsel since October 2000 and as our corporate Secretary since December 2000; in December 2005 Mr. Har-Oz was promoted to Senior Vice President. From 1994 until October 2000, Mr. Har-Oz was a partner in the Jerusalem law firm of Ben-Ze’ev, Hacohen & Co. Prior to moving to Israel in 1993, he was an administrative law judge and in private law practice in New York. Mr. Har-Oz holds a B.A. from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School (where he was an editor of the law review) in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a member of the New York bar and the Israel Chamber of Advocates.
Ronen Badichi became the General Manager of Epsilor Electronic Industries in May 2005 and the head of our Battery Division in December 2007. Prior to joining Epsilor, Mr. Badichi served since 1999 as the General Manager of Maoz Industries, a high end supplier of displays to the aviation industry. Prior thereto, Mr. Badichi was a project manager at BAE Systems and served as the F-16 Avionics Integration manager in the Israeli Air Force, with the rank of Captain. Mr. Badichi holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Electro-Optic Engineering from the Lev Institute of Technology in Jerusalem.
Colin Gallagher has served as our Controller and Chief Accounting Officer since May 2015. Prior to joining Arotech, Mr. Gallagher served as a Finance Director and Director of Accounting for Owens Corning, a NYSE listed company that is the world’s largest manufacturer of fiberglass and related products. Prior to Owens Corning, he was a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers based in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Gallagher holds a BBA in Accounting from Western Michigan University and obtained his MBA from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Michigan.