Chief Executive Officer
Charles Gillespie is our Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and a director, positions he has held since the Company’s inception in 2006. Through his tenure, Mr. Gillespie has overseen the Company’s operations across multiple jurisdictions including Europe and U.S. Under his leadership, the Company has prioritized technological investments and has completed four acquisitions to expand the breadth of the Company’s portfolio. He has built a reputation as a recognized leader and was named Sports Betting Community Leader of the Year in 2019. Mr. Gillespie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Entrepreneurship from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chief Operating Officer
Kevin McCrystle is our Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, positions he has held since 2007. Through his tenure, Mr. McCrystle has developed and implemented strategies for product, marketing, content, sales functions, and integration of key acquisitions. Since July 2016, he has served as a director of GDC Media Limited (Ireland), a subsidiary of the Company. In 2020, Mr. McCrystle relocated to our US headquarters in Charlotte to oversee the development of the North American market. Mr. McCrystle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chief Financial Officer
Elias Mark is our Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since 2016. Mr. Mark also served on the board of directors of Ampezzo Capital PCC Ltd, a technology and Internet focused private equity firm, where he was a founding partner and previously served as a member of the investment advisory team from January 2010 to December 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Mark served as CFO at Whispr Group from March 2015 to December 2016, Mr. Mark also previously served as a director at Nöjesguiden from December 2013 to April 2016, at Highlight Media Group from February 2010 to September 2014 and at Web Guide Partner from September 2008 to January 2010. Mr. Mark began his career as Siguiente Capital AB, where he served as an Associate from June 2007 to September 2008. Mr. Mark holds a Master of Arts degree in Management from the University of St. Andrews and is an associate of Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Vice President, People
Ellen Monaghan is our Vice President, People, a position she has held since December 2020. Ms. Monaghan has served in several positions since she joined the Company in December 2015, including Director of People Operations since December 2018, People Operations Manager from December 2017 to December 2018 and HR Business Partner from December 2015 to December 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Monaghan served as Manager—Office and Facilities Management of Openet from July 2012 to December 2015, and previously as Personal Assistant to CTO from March 2010 to August 2012. Ms. Monaghan also previously served as ICT Recruitment Consultant at RECRUITERS from April 2008 to March 2010. From April 2007 to April 2008, Ms. Monaghan served as a Banking & Finance Consultant at HRM. She has led the opening and expansion of our offices in Dublin, Malta and Charlotte through talent acquisition and management. Since 2015, Ms. Monaghan has served as a director of our subsidiary based in Dublin, GDC Media Limited (Ireland). Ms. Monaghan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Sociology from University College Dublin.
Chief Strategy Officer
Johannes Bergh is our Chief Strategy Officer, a position he has held since August 2020. Under his leadership, Mr. Bergh has facilitated the scaling of the business. Mr. Bergh has more than 15 years of experience at the c-level in public companies, operating on a global arena. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Bergh served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Catena Media, a lead generation company focusing on the iGaming and Finance industries. He served at Catena Media from January 2017 to July 2020. From August 2014 to December 2016, Mr. Bergh served as Chief Executive Officer at Rewir, a management consulting firm focusing on brand strategy. Prior to Rewir, Mr. Bergh served as Chief Brand Officer at FLIR Systems from August 2008 to April 2014. Mr. Bergh holds a diploma in marketing from RMI Berghs School of Communications.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Mark Blandford has served as a director since October 2008 and the Chairman of the board of directors since February 2018. Mr. Blandford founded Sportingbet Plc which was one of the first online gambling companies to accept a card payment over the Internet and at one point in time the world’s largest bookmaker. Mr. Blandford led the company through a landmark initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange in 2001 to become the first publicly traded online gambling company, later winning him the award for AIM Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002. Mr. Blandford also currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors at FSB Technology (U.K.) Ltd., Double Diamond Limited and Condor Properties. Mr. Blandford is also a Partner at Burlywood Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm, where he has served in that role since 2012. Previously, Mr. Blandford served as a member of the board of directors at Mfuse LTD and Intela. Mr. Blandford holds a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies from Wolverhampton University.
Chief Executive Officer
Charles Gillespie is our Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and a director, positions he has held since the Company’s inception in 2006. Through his tenure, Mr. Gillespie has overseen the Company's operations across multiple jurisdictions including Europe and U.S. Under his leadership, the Company has prioritized technological investments and has completed four acquisitions to expand the breadth of the Company’s portfolio. He has built a reputation as a recognized leader and was named Sports Betting Community Leader of the Year in 2019. Mr. Gillespie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Entrepreneurship from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Susan Ball, FCA
Susan Ball has served as a director since February 2018. Ms. Ball also currently serves as a member of the board of directors at FSB Technology Group, a B2B omnichannel sports betting provider, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Ms. Ball previously served as a member of the board of directors at The Bannatyne Group, a premium U.K. health club and spa operator; Playtech Plc, a listed online global gaming software supplier; Kambi Group Plc, a listed sportsbetting technology provider, where she led the initial public offering in 2014; and Fig, a U.K. venture capital group. From January 2011 to June 2013, Ms. Ball served as Chief Financial Officer at MOO.com, a global online digital print business. Ms. Ball also served as Chief Financial Officer at Bookatable.com during 2010, and at Praesepe Plc, a U.K.-listed B2B gambling company from April 2007 to December 2009. From 2003 to 2008, Ms. Ball served as Chief Financial Officer at Kindred Group Plc (where she led the initial public offering of Unibet Group). Prior to this, Ms. Ball served at BrightVenture Enterprises from 2000 to 2003, a private investment vehicle which she founded, and as Finance Director of U.K.-listed Burnden Leisure Plc (formerly Mosaic Investments Plc) from 1991 to 1999. Ms. Ball began her career at Ernst & Young, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986. Ms. Ball holds a BA (Hons) in Accountancy from Birmingham University and has completed the London Business School Corporate Finance Programme.
Fredrik Burvall has served as a director since December 2017. Mr. Burvall also currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors at M.O.B.A Network AB (Plc) and Speqta AB (Plc), and as a board member at Enteractive Malta Ltd and Aspire Global. Mr. Burvall is also the Chief Executive Officer/Owner at The Networked Nation—tNN AB, where he has served in that role since May 2017. Previously, Mr. Burvall served in several roles at Cherry AB, including as Strategic Advisor from March 2017 to July 2017, as Chief Executive Officer from May 2015 to February 2017, as Acting Chief Executive Officer from December 2014 to May 2015 and as Chief Final Officer, Deputy CEO from September 2006 to March 2015. From February 2004 to September 2006, Mr. Burvall served as Manager of Business Control at Modern Times Group, Viasat AB. Mr. Burvall previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Ericsson Technology Licensing AB from 2001 to 2004, and he also worked in Business Control at Ericsson from January 1998 to January 2001. Mr. Burvall holds an MBA in Economics from Stockholm University and also attended a BA in Economics from Örebro University.
Pär Sundberg has served as a director since February 2018. Mr. Sundberg also currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors at Brand New Content, and as a board member at SNÖ of Sweden and Speqta. Previously, Mr. Sundberg served as a member of the board of directors at G5 Entertainment AB, KOEN Media, AB Traction, Buzzador AB and IPS Förändringskompetens AB. From July 2010 to September 2011, Mr. Sundberg served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Metronome Film & Television AB, a Film and Television production company with operations in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and the U.S. From its inception in May 1996 to August 2009, Mr. Sundberg served as President and Chief Executive Officer of OTW, Sweden’s leading content marketing group of companies that he also co-founded. From January 2000 to November 2001, Mr. Sundberg served as a member of the board of directors of Stockholm News, a free daily newspaper that he co-founded. Previously, Mr. Sundberg served as a Reporter at Expressen from 1991 to 1996. Mr. Sundberg hold a M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Luleå University of Technology.
Gregg Michaelson has served as a director since September 2019. Mr. Michaelson also currently serves as a member of the board of directors at Health Recovery Solutions, Ringmaster Technologies, Inc., Purple Lab, PathFactory, and Wyng. Mr. Michaelson is a General Partner at Edison Partners, a Princeton, New Jersey based private equity firm, where he has served in that role since October 2021. He had previously served as a Partner since June 2015. From November 2011 to May 2015, he served as Chief Executive Officer at Linkwell Health, a healthcare consumer engagement company. From October 2001 to November 2011, Mr. Michaelson served as President and Chief Marketing Officer at Rodale, a global health and wellness content and performance marketing company. Mr. Michaelson served as Vice President, Marketing at American Family Enterprises, a Time Warner affiliate, from June 1996 to September 2001. Mr. Michaelson began his career at Reader’s Digest Association from August 1992 to April 1996, where he served in various marketing and financial roles. Mr. Michaelson holds an MBA in Finance from New York University—Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a BA from the University of Michigan.
Daniel J. D’Arrigo has served as a director since July 2021. From 2007 to 2019, Mr. D’Arrigo served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), an S&P 500 global entertainment company with U.S. domestic and international locations, where he was responsible for the company’s world-wide financial functions. During this time, he led the initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange of MGM China Holdings, LLC (HKSE:2282) in 2011 and the initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange of MGM Growth Properties, LLC (NYSE: MGP) in 2016. From 1995 to 2007, Mr. D’Arrigo served in various finance and management roles at MGM, including oversight over MGM’s $6.4 billion acquisition of Mirage Resorts in 2000 and $7.3 billion acquisition of Mandalay Resort Group in 2005. Mr. D’Arrigo previously served as a member of the board of directors of MGM China Holdings, LLC from 2011 to 2019 and its audit committee from 2014 to 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Accounting from West Virginia University.
Corporate Governance Information
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