Ronen Kenan has apparently liked promoting the state of Georgia so much, he’s moving to Atlanta to make a business of it.
The state’s representative in Israel will arrive this month, bringing his BizDevIsrael consultancy here to continue helping Israeli firms make the jump to the Southeast. More than 50 Israeli firms have made their home in the region, many of them in high-value fields like medical devices. Increasingly, they’re also creating jobs in manufacturing.
The state is looking to replace Mr. Kenan in the Israel office. He was based near Tel Aviv, but previous Israel reps worked out of Jerusalem.
“We thank Ronen for his work and service to the state for the past five years. He has made a personal decision to move to the states, and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors. We’re working to fill the position and look forward to continuing our efforts in Israel,” Georgia Department of Economic Development spokeswoman Stefanie Harper told Global Atlanta in an emailed statement.
Mr. Kenan, who has 32 years of business development experience across a range of sectors, said he will arrive in Atlanta on Sept. 15, on the last day of the Jewish new year festival of Rosh Hashanah. He told Global Atlanta he’s looking forward to the new beginning.
“I certainly plan to bring more Israeli companies to Georgia, and help Georgia companies do trade business in Israel, and hope to do so also together with GDEcD,” he said.