Eli Groner 311.
(photo credit: Sharona Mazalian)
The cabinet on Sunday approved the appointment of Eli Groner, a former economics
reporter for The Jerusalem Post, as Israel’s economic attaché in Washington,
considered the country’s top economic position abroad.
Groner, 40, is the
first nonpolitical appointee to the position, and was selected by a four-man
selection committee that included representatives from the Treasury, the Foreign
Ministry, Bank of Israel and academia.
The American-born Groner, 40,
immigrated with his family when he was 15 from Binghamton, New York. He served
in the paratroops, where he was the radioman for Moshe Ya’alon.
military service, Groner studied political science at Bar- Ilan University, and
worked in the spokesman’s office at the Jerusalem municipality.
there he came to the Post
for five years, where he first covered Israeli
basketball and worked in Jerusalem, becoming the editor of the local supplement
for a short while, before moving over to the business desk where he was a
reporter, and then the Internet site where he was responsible for economic
Groner left the Post
to study for an MBA at New York
University, and from there worked for two years in New York for McKinsey and
In 2005 he moved to McKinsey’s Tel Aviv office, working with
some of the leading firms in Israel, the US and Europe.
For the last two
years he has worked as senior adviser to Tnuva’s chairwoman, Zahavit Cohen.
Groner is expected to take up his job in the Fall, replacing Asaf Vitman.