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Annual Report & Accounts 2015 - DIRECTORS
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Lee Feldman (age 48), Chairman, and non-executive Director Lee joined GVC in December 2004. He is the Managing Partner of Twin Lakes Capital, a private equity firm focused on branded consumer products, media and business services, which he co-founded in 2007. From 2008 through to 2015 he was also the CEO of Aurora Brands, the owner of both MacKenzie-Childs and Jay Strongwater, the iconic American luxury home furnishings and personal accessories companies. Lee was named the CEO of Aurora Brands when Twin Lakes led the acquisition of the business. He is also a member of the boards of directors of Aurora Brands, Pacific Health Labs and LRN Corporation. Prior to co-founding Twin Lakes, Lee was a partner in Softbank Capital Partners. He has a B.A and J.D. from Columbia University. Kenneth J Alexander (age 46), Chief Executive Officer Kenneth joined GVC in March 2007 as Chief Executive. He was formerly Finance Director, then Managing Director, of the European operations of Sportingbet PLC, which he joined in 2000. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and previously worked for Grant Thornton. Richard Cooper (age 55), Group Finance Director Richard joined GVC in December 2008 as Group Finance Director. He spent the early part of his career in the financial markets where he was Finance Director at the principal UK subsidiary of the Tullett and Tokyo Group (a forerunner of Tullett Prebon plc) and Chief Financial Officer at Fidelity Brokerage. He then undertook a number of restructuring roles, including working as Finance Director at Patsystems Group plc, a financial software company. In early 2005 he became a founder director of Trident Gaming plc which bought, developed and then sold the Gamebookers business. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having trained and qualified with Saffery Champness in London. Stephen Morana (age 45), Independent non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee Stephen joined GVC in February 2016 as an independent non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He was until recently the Chief Financial Officer of Zoopla Property Group Plc, the FTSE 250 digital media business, which he joined in 2013 and helped to float in 2014. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Betfair Plc, becoming Chief Financial Officer in 2006 and serving as interim Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Stephen is also a non-executive Director of boohoo.com plc. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an alumnus of the executive management programme at INSEAD. Karl Diacono (age 53), non-executive Director Karl joined GVC as a non-executive Director in December 2008. He chaired the Audit Committee up to 1 February 2016 and serves on the Remuneration Committee, and was appointed Chairman of that committee on 1 February 2016. He holds a Masters Degree in Management and is currently CEO of Fenlex Group that includes a corporate service provider and trust company based in Malta. He is also a non-executive director of various trading and holding companies as well as other online gaming companies. He is actively involved in the hospitality industry. Karl is also a director of a number of GVC subsidiaries including Gaming VC Corporation Limited, a Maltese subsidiary of the GVC Group to which Fenlex Corporate Services Limited also provides certain administrative services. He is a Maltese citizen. Peter Isola (age 57), non-executive Director Peter joined GVC in February 2016 as a non-executive Director. He currently holds a number of non-executive directorships which are regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, including Gibraltar International Bank Limited and Callaghan Insurance Brokers Limited. Peter is a senior partner at ISOLAS in Gibraltar and was initially called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar in 1982. He is also a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, a Notary Public of Gibraltar, a Member of The Gibraltar Bar Council and former President of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce. His is recognised as a leading practitioner in the Remote Gambling Industry in Gibraltar and sits on a committee undertaking a review of the Remote Gambling legislation regime. He also forms part of a legislative review committee working on an overhaul of the personal taxation regime in Gibraltar. Norbert Teufelberger (age 51), non-executive Director In April 2016, Norbert joined Fastforward Innovations Plc, an AIM listed company focusing on investments in early stage technology companies, as a special advisor. Norbert, who served as the CEO of bwin, the forerunner to bwin.party, since 2001, joined GVC in February 2016 as a non-executive Director. He has been involved in the global casino and gaming industry since 1989. He occupied key positions with Casinos Austria, was a consultant to the Novomatic Group of companies and co-founded Century Casinos, Inc., a land-based casino company currently listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market and on the Prime Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange. He joined bwin in September 1999 and was instrumental in drawing up the initial business plan of the company and the subsequent structuring and preparation for its public listing. Norbert is a founding member of the European Gaming and Betting Association (www.egba.eu) and ESSA (www.eu-ssa.org). He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna. 2 GVC HOLDINGS PLC ANNUAL REPORT 2015 DIRECTORS