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Gaming VC Annual Report 2006- DIRECTORS
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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 in Europe.