AMAYA EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT
Chief Executive Officer
Rafi Ashkenazi currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Amaya and is responsible for overseeing its day-to-day business affairs and devising and implementing its business plan and strategies. Mr. Ashkenazi is also the Chief Executive Officer for Amaya’s operating business, Rational Group, and is responsible for the performance and strategy of the group and its brands, including PokerStars and Full Tilt.
Mr. Ashkenazi, who initially joined Rational Group in January 2013 as Chief Operating Officer, is an experienced gaming industry executive who previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Playtech plc (LSE: PTEC), a global gaming software development company, from January 2006 to January 2010 and then from September 2011 to January 2013, and as a member of the board of directors of Playtech from March 2006 to January 2010. From January 2010 to September 2011, Mr. Ashkenazi served as Vice President of Business Operations of Playtech. He was appointed Senior Vice President of Strategy for Amaya in April 2015 and then Chief Executive Officer of Rational Group in November 2015. Mr. Ashkenazi graduated with honors from Shenkar College in Israel where he earned a B.A. in Industrial Engineering.
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
Mr. Daniel Sebag joined Amaya in July 2007 as Chief Financial Officer and is current Treasurer of Amaya. Mr. Sebag is a Chartered Accountant and specializes in the areas of cost management and financial reporting systems. He currently oversees the Corporation's financial reporting and treasury functions. Between 1999 and 2007, Mr. Sebag was a faculty lecturer at McGill University in Montreal, Québec, Canada where he led executive seminars in accounting and finance at its International Executive Institute, including the Directors Education Program and the Advanced Management Course. He has also taught advanced accounting courses to students in the McGill University MBA and Chartered Accountancy programs.
From 1993 to 2007, Mr. Sebag served as a financial, accounting and information systems consultant to several multinational companies, including Bombardier, Ericsson, Transat AT and Air Liquide. Mr. Sebag earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology from McGill University in 1987 and a Specialized Graduate Diploma in Accounting from McGill University in 1991.
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development & General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Marlon Goldstein joined Amaya in January 2014 and serves as its Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development & General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining Amaya, Mr. Goldstein was a principal shareholder in the corporate and securities practice at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he practiced as a lawyer from 2002 until 2014 (since 2006 as a shareholder). Mr. Goldstein’s practice was focused on corporate and securities matters including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and financing transactions.
Mr. Goldstein was also the co-chair of the firm’s Gaming Practice, a multi-disciplinary team of attorneys representing owners, operators and developers of gaming facilities, manufacturers and suppliers of gaming devices, investment banks and lenders in financing transactions, and Indian tribes in the development and financing of gaming facilities. Mr. Goldstein earned a B.B.A. with a concentration in accounting from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996 and a J.D. from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida in 1999.
AMAYA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DIVYESH (DAVE) GADHIA
Mr. Divyesh (Dave) Gadhia is the Chairman of Amaya's Board. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman of Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited from 1992 until 2010, where he was responsible for strategic initiatives, regulatory matters and governmental relations. He has served as a director of a number of other private and public companies, as well as charities, including a director of the Canadian Gaming Association from 2005 to 2010, and currently serves as a director of Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited and Trian Equities.
In 2009, Mr. Gadhia was awarded the Canadian Gaming News Outstanding Achievement Award and the Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40 Award. Since 2010, Mr. Gadhia has been the Chairman of Spud.ca, a local farmers and food producers network, and the President of Atiga Investments Inc., an investment firm focused on consumer products. Mr. Gadhia is a Chartered Public Accountant, a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a business degree from Simon Fraser University.
Independent Director 1,2
Mr. Harlan Goodson is a current director and served as the Director of California’s Division of Gambling Control from 1999 to 2003, during which he led the implementation of California’s Tribal-State Class III gaming compacts. Prior to forming his own law practice, The Law Office of Harlan W. Goodson, in Sacramento, California, Mr. Goodson was with the national law firm of Holland and Knight, LLP for four years where his practice concentrated on Gaming Law and Gaming Regulation and Governmental Affairs. Mr. Goodson’s biography was published in the 2000 edition of Who’s Who in American Law and in 2002, his work gained him international distinction when he was the recipient of the International Masters of Gaming Law inaugural Regulator of the Year award in 2001.
Prior to being appointed to the position of Director of California’s Division of Gambling Control, Mr. Goodson worked in the California State Senate as a legislative consultant for Senator Bill Lockyer from 1994 to 1999. While serving as a consultant in the state legislature, Mr. Goodson drafted legislation in the areas of criminal law, correctional law, juvenile law and insurance law. Since 1996, Mr. Goodson has been an adjunct law professor teaching classes on the legislative process and statutory interpretation at John F. Kennedy University, School of Law. He has been a national speaker at conferences, symposia, law schools and before governmental bodies on the subjects of gaming regulation, Tribal government gaming, and Tribal-State relations.
Mr. Goodson is a member of the California State Bar, the International Masters of Gaming Law and the International Association of Gaming Advisors. In 2007, Mr. Goodson also served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Superior Court in Sacramento, California. Mr. Goodson has also been listed in America’s Best Lawyers annually since 2005 and was selected by his peers as the Northern California 2012 Attorney of the Year for Gaming Law.
GEN. WESLEY K. CLARK
General Wesley K. Clark is a current director and serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm, since its founding in 2004. General Clark is, and has also been, a Co- Chairman of Growth Energy, an organization that represents producers and supporters of ethanol, since January 2009, senior fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations since 2006, Advisor at the Blackstone Group since 2013, Trustee of International Crisis Group since 2004, Founding Chair of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock, an AmeriCorps program, which is a national service organization that unites young adults, since 2004, and Chairman of Enverra Inc., a banking and strategic advisory firm, since 2010, as well as serving on a number of private and public company boards.
General Clark has authored four books and serves as a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and Director of the Atlantic Council. General Clark retired a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army. He graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes Scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, where he was severely wounded and evacuated home on a stretcher. He later commanded at the battalion, brigade and division level, and served in a number of significant staff positions, including service as the Director Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5). In his last assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.
His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments, including award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France).
DR. AUBREY ZIDENBERG
Dr. Aubrey Zidenberg is a current director and has served and currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Casino Amusements Canada, which offers commercial gaming industry experience to both the private sector and governments, since 1976. In addition, Dr. Zidenberg is a current director of Innova and the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of ZAP Casinos Canada, a company associated with Penn National Gaming as it relates to Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Zidenberg is a gaming industry specialist with extensive experience in the development, implementation and operation of international gaming, tourism and entertainment projects since 1975, including, without limitation, in the areas of commercial gaming, operations and regulatory compliance, and has advised and consulted in these areas in both the government and the private sectors. He has worked internationally with companies such as Penn National Gaming, The Bahamas Amusement Corporation, Summa Corporation, Resorts International, Trump Organization, Playboy Casinos, Carnival Hotels & Casinos, Harrah’s and Hard Rock International.
Since 2011, Dr. Zidenberg has been an International Vice President of B’nai Brith, an international human rights organization which has operated in Canada since 1875, and currently chairs its Special Advisory Council to the League for Human Rights. Dr. Zidenberg was a Member of the Board of the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada for over 15 years, and is registered with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and numerous other gaming authorities in various jurisdictions. Dr. Zidenberg is also a recipient of a 2002 Canadian Gaming Industry Award of Excellence, and in 2010, Dr. Zidenberg created and developed the First Nation Canadian Gaming Awards program. Dr. Zidenberg is currently the Chair of the York Regional Police – Investigative Services Community Advisory Council and has served in such position since 2013. A noted community leader, Dr. Zidenberg received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario in 2007 for his lifetime devotion to human rights work, was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, in each case for his dedicated service to community and country. He was knighted Chevalier de France in 2012 and received the York Regional Police Service Board 2014 Civic Leadership Award in 2015. Dr. Zidenberg earned a B.A. from York University in 1975.
Alfred F. Hurley, Jr.
Independent Director and Chairman of the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee1,2
Mr. Alfred F. Hurley, Jr. is a current director and has been a director of New Mountain Finance Corporation, which is a business development company that is listed on the NYSE (“NMFC”), since 2010. He is the Chairman of NMFC’s Nomination and Governance and Compensation Committees and a member of its Audit and Valuation Committees. Mr. Hurley has also been a director of Merrill Corporation, which is a privately held company that provides outsourced solutions for complex, regulated and confidential business information since 2013. He serves as Chairman of Merrill’s Compensation and Governance and Human Resources Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. Since February 2014, Mr. Hurley has been the sole member of a consulting business, Alfred F. Hurley, Jr. & Company, LLC. He was Vice Chairman of Emigrant Bank and Emigrant Bancorp (collectively, the “Bank”) from 2007 and 2009, respectively, to December 2012, and was a consultant at the Bank during 2013. His responsibilities at the Bank included advising the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer on strategic planning, acquisitions and divestitures, asset/liability management, on-line banking and new products. In addition, he was Chairman of the Bank’s Credit and Risk Management Committee from November 2008 to January 2012 and the Bank’s acting Chief Risk Officer from January 2009 until January 2012. Before joining the Bank, Mr. Hurley was the Chief Executive Officer of M. Safra & Co., a private money management firm, from 2004 to 2007. Prior to joining M. Safra & Co., Mr. Hurley worked at Merrill Lynch (“ML”) from 1976 to 2004. His latest management positions prior to his departure included serving as Senior Vice President of ML & Co. and Head of Global Private Equity Investing, Managing Director and Head of Japan Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Manufacturing and Services Group, and Managing Director and Head of the Global Automotive, Aerospace, and Transportation Group. As part of his management duties, he was a member of the Corporate and Institutional Client Group (“CICG”) Executive Committee which had global responsibility for ML’s equity, debt, investment banking and private equity businesses, a member of the Japan CICG Executive Committee, and a member of the Global Investment Banking Management and Operating Group Committees. Mr. Hurley graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in History, cum laude.
Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee1
Mr. David Lazzarato is a current director and is a media and broadcast industry consultant who assists companies in the areas of strategy development, mergers and acquisitions and financing. He has served as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of Yellow Pages Limited (TSX: Y) since December 2012 and was Senior Vice President, Finance at Bell Canada in 2010 and 2011. From 2009 until 2013, Mr. Lazzarato served on the board of directors and was the chair of the audit committee of LED Roadway Lighting and from 2004 to 2013, he was vice chair of the Trillium Health Centre Foundation. In 2008, Mr. Lazzarato was Chief Executive Officer of Craig Wireless Systems. Prior to joining Craig Wireless Systems, Mr. Lazzarato served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. and Chairman of Motion Picture Distribution from 2005 to 2007. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Lazzarato served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Allstream Inc. (formerly, AT&T Canada Inc.) and was Chief Corporate Officer of MTS Allstream Inc. in 2004. Mr. Lazzarato is past Chair of the McMaster University Board of Governors and is the current Chair of the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities. Mr. Lazzarato earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and is a Chartered Accountant, having received the FCA designation from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2006. Mr. Lazzarato received the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2008 and has also completed the Senior Executive Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1 Member of Audit Committee
2 Member of Corporate Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee