The Stars Group Executive And Senior Management
RAFAEL (RAFI) ASHKENAZI
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Rafael (Rafi) Ashkenazi, 44, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group and is a current director of The Stars Group, and is responsible for devising and implementing its business plan and strategies. Mr. Ashkenazi is also the Chief Executive Officer for The Stars Group’s primary operating business, Stars Interactive Group, and is responsible for the performance and strategy of its offerings, including PokerStars and related brands. Mr. Ashkenazi, who initially joined Stars Interactive 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 (“Playtech”), 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 The Stars Group in April 2015, Chief Executive Officer of Stars Interactive Group in November 2015, Interim Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group in March 2016 and then permanent Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group in November 2016. Mr. Ashkenazi graduated with honors from Shenkar College in Israel where he earned a B.A. in Industrial Engineering.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Brian Kyle, 54, joined The Stars Group in June 2017 and currently serves as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kyle is accountable for all financial matters across The Stars Group and plays a key leadership role in advancing the company’s strategic initiatives. He has more than 25 years of financial management experience with leading multinational technology companies. Prior to joining The Stars Group, Mr. Kyle held a number of senior executive financial roles, including as Chief Financial Officer at Pivot Technology Solutions Inc. (TSX: PTG), a leading information technology infrastructure and services provider, from August 2016 to June 2017, Chief Financial Officer at D+H Corporation (TSX: DH), a global payments and lending technology provider, from June 2009 to August 2014, and Teranet Inc., a provider of integrated land based information systems and software services, from May 2002 to May 2009. Following his role at D+H and prior to joining Pivot, Mr. Kyle was a partner and co founder of ALSA Capital Ltd, a specialized asset management firm, from August 2014 to August 2016. Mr. Kyle is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, holds an MBA from Queen’s University School of Business and has an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from Assumption University.
MARLON D. GOLDSTEIN
Executive Vice-President & Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Mr. Marlon Goldstein, 45, joined The Stars Group in January 2014 and serves as its Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary. Prior to joining The Stars Group, Mr. Goldstein was a principal shareholder in the corporate and securities practice at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig P.A., where he practiced as a lawyer from 2002 until 2014 (since 2006 as a shareholder). Mr. Goldstein’s practice 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.
CHIEF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Mr. Robin Chhabra, 48, joined The Stars Group in September 2017 and currently serves as its Chief Corporate Development Officer, where he is responsible for leading and overseeing The Stars Group’s corporate development function. Mr. Chhabra is an experienced online gaming executive, who most recently served as Group Director of Strategy and Corporate Development for William Hill since May 2010, and as Director of Corporate Development for Inspired Gaming Group plc (later merged with Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: INSE)) from 2006 to 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Chhabra spent 12 years in various executive roles at major financial, consultancy and auditing firms, including Evolution Securities (later acquired by Investec plc (LSE: INVP)), Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Securities LLC (now part of Commerzbank), Andersen Business Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Chhabra earned a BSc (Econ.) degree from London School of Economics and Political Science in 1993.
GUY NIGEL TEMPLER
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Mr. Guy Nigel Templer, 50, has been Chief Operating Officer of Stars Interactive Group since December 21, 2016. Mr. Templer joined Stars Interactive Group in 2011 and held various senior positions within Stars Interactive Group, being appointed Chief Strategy Officer in March 2016 prior to his appointment as COO. Prior to working with Stars Interactive Group, Mr. Templer served as Chief Operating Officer and Board Director of NetPlay TV plc from April 23, 2010 to March 31, 2011. Mr. Templer served as Commercial Director of Two Way Media Limited since 2003 and Managing Director of its subsidiary Two Way Gaming Limited (since 2008). He has over ten years of experience in the gaming industry. Prior to working with Two Way, he ran an internet company after starting his career in management consultancy in the public sector. Mr. Templer joined PokerStars in 2011 as Director of Business Development and has directed key initiatives including PokerStars’ re entry into the U.S. market; the launches of the Casino and Sportsbook verticals; and the local licensing of the company's brands across Europe. The regulatory work has established the company as the leading advocate for online poker regulation and the most licensed online gaming operator in the world. He has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, an MSc from Bath University and a degree in Psychology from Bristol University.
The Stars Group BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DIVYESH (DAVE) GADHIA, CPA, FCPA, FCA, C.A., ICD.D
Mr. Divyesh (Dave) Gadhia, 57, is the Executive Chairman of The Stars Group’s Board. Mr. Gadhia is and has been the President of Atiga Investments Inc., an investment firm focused on consumer products, since 2010. 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, a director of Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited from 1999 to 2007, and a director of Trian Equities from 1994 to 1999. In 2009, Mr. Gadhia was awarded the Canadian Gaming News Outstanding Achievement Award and was previously awarded the Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Mr. Gadhia is an FCPA, FCA, a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a business degree from Simon Fraser University.
RAFAEL (RAFI) ASHKENAZI
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND DIRECTOR
DAVID LAZZARATO, FCA, C.A., ICD.D
Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee
Mr. David Lazzarato, 63, is a current director, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and is a media and broadcast industry consultant who assists companies in the areas of strategy development, mergers and acquisitions and financing. He served as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of Yellow Pages Limited (TSX: Y) from December 2012 to May 2018 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 of the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities. Mr. Lazzarato is currently a director and chair of the Resources and Audit Committees of Hamilton Health Sciences, a medical group of seven hospitals and one cancer center located in Ontario, Canada. 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.
ALFRED F. HURLEY, JR.
LEAD DIRECTOR, CHAIR OF THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
Mr. Alfred F. Hurley, Jr., 64, is the Lead Director of The Stars Group and Chairman of the Compensation Committee, and has been a director of New Mountain Finance Corporation, a NYSE listed business development company (“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. He has also been the Fortress Voting Proxy to, a member of the Board of Managers, and a member of the Audit Committee of Ligado Networks Corporation, a privately held company (“Ligado”), since December 2017. Ligado is a satellite communications company that is developing a satellite terrestrial network. He also has been the Chairman of privately held TSI Holdings, which is the holding company for TransWorld Systems, Inc. (“TWS”) since May 2018. TWS is a leading analytics driven provider of accounts receivable management, healthcare revenue cycle and loan servicing solutions. Mr. Hurley is also the sole member of a consulting business, Alfred F. Hurley, Jr. & Company, LLC, which he started in 2014. He previously 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.
Harlan Goodson, Esq.
Independent Director and Board Liaison to the Compliance Committee
Mr. Harlan Goodson, 71, is a current director, member of each of the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, the Board’s representative to the Compliance Committee and served as a member of the Audit Committee until June 2017. He served as the Director of California’s Division of Gambling Control from 1999 to 2003, during which time 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 where his practice concentrated on Gaming Law and Gaming Regulation and Governmental Affairs. Mr. Goodson’s biography has been published in Who’s Who in American Law since 2000 and Who’s Who in the World since 2018. 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. Mr. Goodson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Golden Gate University and a Juris Doctor from the John F. Kennedy School of Law.
MARY TURNER, FCPA, FCA, C. DIR
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR, CHAIR OF THE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Ms. Mary Turner, 66, is a current director, Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and member of each of the Audit Committee and the Technology Committee. Ms. Turner served as President and Chief Executive Officer and board member of Canadian Tire Bank, a subsidiary of Canadian Tire Corporation (TSX: CTC), from 2012 until her retirement in 2016. She has over 25 years of experience in financial services, payments, customer service, credit risk management, enterprise risk management, operations, finance and information technology at Canadian Tire. Prior to joining Canadian Tire, Ms. Turner was a partner at Deloitte & Touche (now Deloitte LLP) in Toronto from 1985 to 1992. Throughout her career, Ms. Turner has been a member of several boards of directors, including Mackenzie Financial Corporation, a subsidiary of IGM Financial Inc. (TSX: IGM), where she is a member of the Fund Oversight Committee. She also currently serves on the boards of directors of YMCA Canada, where she is a member of its Governance Committee, Niagara College, where she chairs its New Member Search Committee and is a member of its Audit Committee, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, where she chairs its Audit Committee, and the 2021 Canada Games Host Society. Ms. Turner has an honours B.Sc and is a graduate of the Chartered Director Program at McMaster University. She is a Chartered Accountant and received the FCA designation from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2003.
EUGENE O. ROMAN, CPA
Mr. Eugene O. Roman, 61, is a current director, Chairman of the Technology Committee and member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Roman served as the Executive Vice President of Digital Excellence and Technology Advisor at Canadian Tire Corporation (TSX: CTC) from August 2017 until December 2018. Prior to this role, Mr. Roman served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Canadian Tire Corporation from July 2012 until August 2017. Before joining Canadian Tire Corporation, Mr. Roman served as the Chief Technology Officer of Open Text Corporation (Nasdaq: OTEX) from 2010 to 2012 and as its Chief Information Officer from 2008 until 2010. He has also served as Group President of Systems and Technology at Bell Canada from 2003 to 2008. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Technology Officer at Bell Canada from 2002 to 2003 and as its Chief Information Officer from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Roman started his career at Nortel Networks Corporation in 1981. He also served as the Chairman of Ukrainian Credit Union Limited from 1998 until 2013. He currently serves as a strategic advisor to Canadian Tire Corporation and WorkFusion, an artificial intelligence technology company. He also currently serves on the Board of Governors – York University since 2018. Mr. Roman is a Certified Professional Accountant, holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. in Geography and Economics from the University of Toronto, and completed the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Directors Education Program in 2011.
Mr. John Schappert, 49, is a current director and member of each of the Compensation Committee and Technology Committee. Mr. Schappert has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shiver Entertainment, a private company that develops video game software for consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch), PC, and mobile phones and tablets, since 2012. Mr. Schappert also currently serves as the Chairman of Motorsport Games, a private company that develops and publishes video games, and Pipeworks Studios, a private company that develops video games and software, since 2019 and 2018, respectively. Prior to this, Mr. Schappert served as the Chief Operating Officer for Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA) from 2011 to 2012 and served on its board of directors during that time. Mr. Schappert also previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: EA) from 2009 to 2011, and was Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) Interactive Entertainment Business unit from 2007 to 2009. From 1998 until 2007, Mr. Schappert held several positions for various divisions of EA, including Vice President and General Manager of Electronic Arts Tiburon from 1998 until 2002, Senior Vice President and Group General Manager of Electronic Arts Canada from 2002 until 2006, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Worldwide Studios from 2006 until 2007. Mr. Schappert founded Tiburon Entertainment, the developer of the Madden NFL video game franchise, in 1994 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 1998, when it was acquired by EA. From 1991 until 1994, Mr. Schappert was a software engineer and game developer for Visual Concepts. Mr. Schappert earned an Associates of Arts degree from Miami Dade Community College in Miami, Florida.