ClickFox Board Member & Investor Honored at 2010 Eagle Star Award Gala
Laurie Olivier, a ClickFox board member and one of its first investors, was honored this week at the 2010 Eagle Star Award Gala by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Southeast Region (AICC). The Eagle Star Gala is AICC's community flagship event that honors the people and companies who have contributed most to the Southeast-Israel business relationship. Mr. Olivier, a native of South Africa is the Atlanta-based partner of Veritas Venture Partners (Israel’s oldest VC firm) and has been involved in venture capital since 1990. As Senior Business Development Manager and SVP Private Equity at Anglo American (AA), a leading global mining concern, he represents AA's interests in a number of venture funds, including the AAV fund managed by Veritas. He serves on the boards various AAV portfolio companies. Mr. Olivier was also a board member of MCPEPA (an East Asian private equity fund) and MCA (a South African fund - Chairman of the Investment Committee). At AA, he pioneered the establishment of new technology-driven businesses, and serves on the boards of a variety of publicly traded and privately held businesses, including Anglo American Industrial Corporation Ltd., CytoDome and ClickFox. Mr. Olivier holds a B.Engineering (Electronics) from the University of Pretoria, and a B.Com (Hons) and diploma in Datametrics from the University of South Africa. In the professional community he is a board member of the Atlanta Venture Forum, and has worked closely with Georgia Tech on establishing relations with the University of Pretoria. But it was at the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce that Laurie devoted his considerable talents and expertise. As chairman of the Telecommunications Committee, he transformed the Chamber into a leader in cable industry technologies through the US-Israel Broadband Business Exchanges, events that generated many business relationships including two that won the Eagle Star Deal of the Year awards, and were the catalyst for several Israeli companies to establish their US operations in Atlanta. Laurie rose through the executive leadership of AICC, ultimately serving as Board chairman from 2007-2009. Upon completion of his two terms, he served as the chairman and volunteer facilitator of the organization’s new strategic plan that will guide AICC for the next two years. Congratulations Laurie!