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Annual Report & Accounts 2007 - Directors
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DIRECTORS Adrian J R Smith, Non-Executive Director Chairman (64) 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 Regeneration Biologics Inc. in the USA, and Byotrol plc in the UK. He is also a non-Executive Director at Zodiac Training and Premier Credit. His management experience includes Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Grant Thornton LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP, as well as Ecolab Inc. and Procter and Gamble. Nigel Blythe-Tinker, Non-Executive Director (57) 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. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of New Media Lottery Services PLC and Pentasia Limited. Lee Feldman, Non-Executive Director (40) 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 practicing with a major New York City law ¢rm. Kenneth J Alexander, Chief Executive Of¢cer (38) 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 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. Gerard Cassels, Finance Director (46) Gerard an experienced Finance Director of listed companies, and has worked both in Europe and the US. Between 2001 and 2004, he was Group Finance Director for NMT Group PLC, the medical device design, development and licensing company. Prior to that he was Group Finance Director of Inveresk PLC, the niche specialty paper and board manufacturer. Gerard started his career at KPMG in the corporate ¢nance department and is a quali¢ed chartered accountant. 29