Gaming VC Annual Report 2006: DIRECTORS
Adrian J R Smith, Non-Executive Director Chairman (63)
Adrian is the CEO of the Woolton Group, and has signi¢cant 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. He serves on the board of Tutogen Medical Inc. in the USA.
His management experience includes Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Grant Thornton LLP and
Arthur Andersen LLP, as well as Procter and Gamble.
Nigel Blythe-Tinker, Non-Executive Director (56)
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 ¢nancial 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 (39)
Lee is the Managing Partner of Twin Lakes Capital LLC, a private equity ¢rm 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 practising with a major New York City law ¢rm.
Steven Barlow, Non-Executive Director (48)
Steven, co-founder of Gaming VC and CEO from the IPO in December 2004 till November 2006, has in
excess of 23 years of technology and management experience. His recent involvement with SOFTBANK
Capital Partners has been in connection with an online 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 US$26 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.
Kenneth J Alexander, Chief Executive Of¢cer (37)
Kenny is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He started his career as an
accountant at Grant Thornton and joined Sportingbet PLC in February 2000 where he held the position
of Finance Director for European operations. In April 2002, Kenny was appointed Managing Director of
Sportingbet’s European Operations. In this position, Kenny was directly responsible for 150 employees
from 16 countries overseeing trading, marketing, ¢nance, IT, product development and customer
service. In addition he had overall responsibility for all Sportingbet’s sports book and gaming sites in
Europe. Kenny was instrumental in developing Sportingbet’s operations in new European markets
including Turkey, Spain, Greece, Germany, France and Italy and driving cross-selling initiatives in these
markets. Under Kenny’s leadership, the business became one of the most pro¢table gaming operations