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Benjamin (Benny) Gantz was born June 9, 1959 and recruited to the IDF in 1977 when he joined the Paratroopers Brigade. Lt. Gen. Ret. Benjamin Gantz, also known as Benny, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of B.G. Prime Ltd. Lt. Gen. Ret. Gantz serves as Chairman of the Board at Fifth Dimension Holdings Ltd. He has been an External Director of Elron Electronic Industries Ltd. since October 9, 2017. Lt. Gen. Ret. Gantz has been an Independent Director of Amot Investments Ltd. since November 22, 2015. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of B.G. Prime Ltd. He was the 20th Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces in the years 2011-2015.

During his military career, he served in a number of roles including Commander of the IDF Northern Command, Commander of the IDF Ground Forces Command and IDF Military Attaché in the United States. In 2009, Lt. Gen. Gantz was requested by the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General staff to serves as the Deputy IDF Chief of General Staff, a position he filled until November 2010.

On February 2011, Lt. Gen. Gantz was appointed by the Israeli government as Israel’s 20th IDF Chief of the General Staff and received the rank of Lieutenant General. Lt. Gen. Gantz is a graduate of IDF Command and Staff College and the National Security College and a US Military Special Forces course (one of only three IDF officers to graduate from the “Green Berets” training course). He has a Bachelor’s degree in history from the Tel Aviv University, a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Haifa University and a Master’s Degree in Management of National Resources from the National Defense University in the United States. In 2015, Lt. Gen. Gantz was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University.

Benjamin Gantz Full Biography and Profile
Lt.-Gen. (res.) Benjamin (Benny) Gantz was born June 9, 1959 and recruited to the IDF in 1977 when he joined the Paratroopers Brigade. In 1979, he graduated from the IDF officer school and was positioned as company commander and later Platoon commander in the Paratrooper Brigade.

In 1989 he was appointed commander of the Shaldag Unit in the Israel Air force. In 1994 he was appointed commander of the Judea Brigade in the Judea and Samaria Division.

In 1997 Gantz left for an academic break in the United States. In 1999 he was appointed as commander of the Liaison Unit with Lebanon. In 2000 he was appointed as commander of the Judea and Samaria division.

In 2002 he was appointed as commander of the IDF Northern Command. In 2005 he was appointed as commander of the IDF Ground Forces Command. From 2007- 2009 he served as the IDF Military Attaché in the United States.

In 2009 he was asked by the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General staff to serve as the Deputy IDF Chief of General Staff, a position he filled until November 2010. During this period, Gantz implemented the Tefen multi-year plan in addition to leading other processes in the reserve forces, human resources, the IDF budget and numerous others.

Gantz is a graduate of the Command and Staff College and the National Security College, has a Bachelors degree in history from the Tel Aviv University, a masters degree in Political Science from the Haifa University and another Masters Degree in management of national resources from the NDU university in the United States.

In February 2011, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz was appointed to serve as the 20th Chief of the General Staff of the IDF, a position he held until February 2015.

He is married and is a father of four.

  • Benjamin Benny Gantz Biography and Profile (MFA Gov / Bloomberg / Politicoscope)

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