British Ambassador to Israel Tom Phillips awarded an honorary OBE (Officer in The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) to leading Israeli businessman Dov Lautman on Friday.
Lautman, founder and CEO of Delta Galil Industries, was awarded the honor for his contributions to Anglo-Israeli commercial relations and his tireless efforts to advance the peace process, according to a statement released by the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.
British Ambassador Tom Phillips (R) awards businessman Dov Lautman (Photo: Shlomo Bolkovitch)
In a festive ceremony at the ambassador’s Ramat Gan residence attended by Lautman’s friends and family, Ambassador Phillips said: “Dov, you are among friends and admirers, for your many achievements, and for your personal courage.
"Today, it is in recognition of the valuable services rendered to business links between Britain and Israel
that Her Majesty the Queen has appointed you to be an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
"It is with great pleasure that, on Her Majesty’s behalf, I present you with the badge of the Order. May I congratulate you and offer you my best wishes for the future.”
Lautman founded Delta Textiles Ltd. in 1975. Delta Galil’s global sales top USD 600 million, 30 percent of which is to the UK where the company has over 200 employees and is a major supplier to Marks and Spencer.
Mr Lautman is also a member of the Israel-Britain Business Council.
He serves as Chairman of the Peres Centre for Peace, as Honorary Chairman of Dor Shalom, as a Deputy Chairman of the Abraham Fund and as Chairman of the Development Committee of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies.
Lautman joins fellow Israeli businessmen Dan Propper, chairman of Osem Food Industries Ltd, awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 2003, and Amnon Dotan, chairman of Readymix Industries (Israel) Ltd and former chairman of the Israel-British Chamber of Commerce, who was awarded an honorary OBE in 2003.