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Annual Report & Accounts 2005 - Directors
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DIRECTORS Brief biographies of the Directors are set out below. Nigel Blythe-Tinker, Non-Executive Chairman (55) Between January 1999 and May 2004, Nigel was the Group Company Secretary and Head of Legal at William Hill plc as well as a member of the executive management team. He was involved in the highly successful £otation of William Hill plc at an enterprise value of »1.46 billion. He was associated with William Hill’s discharge of US high yield debt and financial and corporate restructuring of the business. His additional responsibilities to the William Hill plc board were for corporate governance, statutory and regulatory compliance, legal matters (including worldwide litigation), its insurance portfolio and group services. Nigel was also actively involved in William Hill plc’s acquisition and transactional programme. Prior to this, he held various positions including Company Secretary and Head of the Legal Department for Thorn Lighting Group plc, Head of Legal Services at Framlington Group plc and Assistant Secretary of The Rank Organisation plc. Lee Feldman, Non-Executive Director (38) Lee is the Managing Partner of Twin Lakes Capital LLC, a private equity firm based in New York and focused on growth capital investments primarily in technology, media and consumer branded products. Prior to this he was a partner in SOFTBANK Capital Partners, a US private equity fund focused on technology and media enterprises. His extensive experience has been in private equity investing, as well as corporate and business development activities. Prior to his partnership in SOFTBANK Capital Partners, he was Vice President of corporate development at Ziff-Davis, which, prior to its sale, was a New York Stock Exchange quoted media company focused on technology with annual revenues exceeding US $1 billion. Prior to this, he was a member of the senior management team of two leveraged roll-ups and began his career as a corporate lawyer practicing with a major New York City law firm. Dr Robert Willis, Chief Financial Officer (36) Robert was CIO of Computer People Inc., a company with revenues of $US 135 million. He led Alpine Computer Systems, Inc., a start-up business with revenues of $US 35 million, through years of growth in the Inc. 500 and orchestrated the $US 25 million strategic merger of Alpine with Delphi Group plc and secured $US 20 million of growth capital. Robert is currently a President and Managing Member of Hickory Hills Advisors LLC, a venture capital fund, managing a portfolio of early stage companies. Robert also sits on the Board of Trustees of AimNet Solutions Inc., Pinnacle Realty Corporation, Vert Inc. and Newbury College in Boston, Massachusetts. Adrian J R Smith, Non-Executive Director Designate (62) Adrian is the CEO of the Woolton Group, and has significant public company and corporate governance experience, having been the Non-Executive Chairman of the Carter and Carter Group from 2002 through to its £otation in 2005. In addition to his continued non-executive director position at Carter and Carter plc, he serves on the board of Tutogen Medical Inc in the USA, and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. His management experience includes Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Grant Thornton LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP, as well as Procter and Gamble. Steven Barlow, Chief Executive Officer (47) Steven has in excess of 23 years of technology and management experience. His recent involvement with SOFTBANK Capital Partners has been in connection with an on-line gambling transaction. Steven previously served as a Director and President of Gamecraft Inc, a US slot machine manufacturer. In this capacity he held several gaming licences for land based casino jurisdictions throughout the United States. At Gamecraft, he was instrumental in securing a US distribution agreement with Mikohn Gaming Corporation for a series of slot machine poker games known as ‘‘Heads up Poker’’. Additional previous directorships include ThingWorld.com, where, as a co-Founder, he served as Chairman, CEO and CTO. At ThingWorld.com Steve raised $US26 million from strategic investors that included Microsoft, Intel, CMGI and the Kraft Group. As CEO he managed 150 employees. Prior to this, for 9 years he held technical and management positions at IBM/Lotus Development Corporation.