THE FOCUS this week again HAS been on Russian oligarchs, thanks to Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Britain's Chelsea football club, who for the second consecutive year is hosting a soccer tournament in Israel, which has brought some of the most affluent Russians plus some 3,000 soccer fans to Israel. The venture has contributed to several million dollars in revenues for Israel's tourist industry, as the oligarchs reserved suites in the classiest hotels in Tel Aviv. Abramovich booked into the David Continental, but also spent a lot of money on refreshments and entertainment at the Tel Aviv Port. US COMMERCE Department Deputy Secretary David A. Sampson, who is being hosted by the US Embassy, this Thursday, February 1, has expressed an interest in visiting community projects in Israel that have been initiated and funded by American companies. The embassy chose the Net@project at the Atzmaut High School in Ramle, a Jewish Agency project that is supported by Cisco Systems and is designed to bridge the digital divide by giving high school students from peripheral communities the tools with which to enter a technological world. The project is also supported by the Jewish Federation of Kansas City, The Federations of United Jewish Communities of North America, Partnership 2000 and Keren Hayesod. Samson, who is a member of the Board of Directors for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of an agency with one of the broadest portfolios in federal government. The Commerce Department's responsibilities include promoting US exports, negotiating and enforcing international trade agreements and regulating sensitive goods and technology exports. It is the nation's steward of the oceans and coastal marine resources; chief weather forecaster and climate researcher; and the lead policy agency on technology, telecommunications and federal radio frequencies. In addition, Commerce bureaus conduct the national census; track the economy and release regular updates; issue patents and trademarks; develop and apply technology, measurements, and industrial standards; promote economic growth in distressed communities; and encourage minority business development. AFTER NINE years as CFO at Tamir Fishman Investment House, Daniel Leventhal, 38, one of the founding managers of the company, has decided to change allegiance and is moving from Tamir Fishman to Prisma. An announcement to this effect was made by joint CEOs Eldad Tamir and Danny Fishman, who wished Leventhal well in his new position. Leventhal for his part thanked Tamir and Fishman for the confidence they had placed in him over the years. MORE THAN 300 sales executives from Check Point Software Technologies, a leading provider of Internet security solutions worldwide, came from across Asia and Europe to participate in the company's annual sales conference, which for the third consecutive year, was held at the Hilton Tel Aviv. "Business travel is enormously important to Israel, and to Tel Aviv," said Hilton Tel Aviv General Manager Ronnie Fortis. "It is the leading form of tourism in Europe and the United States. Globally, it is the engine that runs the international hotel industry. The type of conference being held by Check Point demonstrates the strength of the Israeli economy, and represents a positive beginning to the 2007 tourism season." CLALIT HEALTH Services under the leadership of Eli Armoni has appointed Amir Weisel, 56, as its internal comptroller. For the past 12 years, Weisel managed an investigative firm that provided internal comptroller services to government offices and corporations as well as public and private companies. Among them were Clal, Prigat, Rambam Hospital, Hamashbir, the Anti-Drug Authority and many others. Weisel was selected at the end of a six month-long search. TOVNA DIGITAL Engineering has announced the appointment of Alex Lein as manager of the company's support division. TDE is the professional representative of Autodesk in Israel. Lein will be responsible for a support and development team, and for the overall management of his division, which is making rapid strides as a result of fast-paced advancing technology. He will also be responsible for understanding customer needs and developing improved support systems. Lein has risen through the ranks and has had 11 years experience with TDE's support programs during which time he has acquired considerable expertise. Lein has a Master's degree in electrical engineering. HACHSHARA INSURANCE has appointed accountant Etti Elishkov as its CFO. Elishkov who has a first degree in accountancy and business administration from the Rishon Lezion College of Management, was previously employed as an accountant with Kost Forrer Gabbay and Kasierer, where she worked for six years.