Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed US-born Eli Groner as director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday. Groner succeeds Harel Locker in the position.
Groner served as Israel’s minister for economic affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, a position that saw him responsible for advancing Israeli economic interests with the US Treasury, the American Department of Energy and other government agencies.
Groner previously served as a senior adviser to the chairman of Tnuva, and before that spent six years at the McKinsey & Company consulting firm.
In a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office Thursday, Netanyahu said Groner’s “rich experience in the various positions he has held in both the public and private sectors has led me to select him for this critical post to advancing the Israeli economy. Eli will assist me in promoting the many reforms that we are planning, increasing competition in the economy, cutting bureaucracy, making the government more efficient in cooperation with the private sector, and in developing unique growth engines for the Israeli economy. I wish Eli great success.”
Groner, 44, was also once a business reporter for the English-language daily The Jerusalem Post.
He is married and a father of five, served as a paratrooper and received a citation for outstanding performance and exemplary leadership. He served as a reserve soldier in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
American-born, Groner renounced his US citizenship before taking up the embassy post in 2011.
He holds an MBA from New York University and a BA in political science from Bar Ilan University.