The Stars Group Executive Managment
RAFAEL (RAFI) ASHKENAZI
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rafael (Rafi) Ashkenazi, 42, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group (formerly 'Amaya Inc.') 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 operating business, Stars Interactive (formerly 'Rational Group'), and is responsible for the performance and strategy of its offerings, including PokerStars and related brands. Mr. Ashkenazi, who initially joined Stars Interactive 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 The Stars Group in April 2015, Chief Executive Officer of Stars Interactive 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, Treasurer
Mr. Brian Kyle, 52, joined The Stars Group (formerly 'Amaya Inc.') 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, Secretary
Mr. Marlon Goldstein, 43, joined The Stars Group (formerly 'Amaya Inc.') in January 2014 and serves as its Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development & General Counsel 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.
The Stars Group BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DIVYESH (DAVE) GADHIA, CPA, C.A., ICD.D
Mr. Divyesh (Dave) Gadhia, 54, is the Chairman of the Board and is a member of the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee. 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. He is also a director of Spud.ca, an online home delivery service for organic groceries. Mr. Gadhia is a Chartered Public Accountant, a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a business degree from Simon Fraser University.
DAVID LAZZARATO, FCA, C.A., ICD.D
Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee
Mr. David Lazzarato, 61, is a current director and Chairman of the Audit Committee, 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 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.
ALFRED F. HURLEY, JR.
Independent Director and Chairman of the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee
Mr. Alfred F. Hurley, Jr., 62, is a current director, Chairman of the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee and member of the Audit Committee (through December 2017), and has been a director of New Mountain Finance Corporation, an 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. 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.
Mr. Harlan Goodson, 70, is a current director and member of the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee, 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.
PETER E. MURPHY
Mr. Peter E. Murphy, 54, is a current director and member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Murphy is also the Founder and Chairman of Wentworth Capital Management, LLC (“Wentworth”), a private investment and venture capital firm focused on media, technology, and branded consumer businesses. Wentworth advises and invests in early and later stage growth businesses in digital media, television, and entertainment. Mr. Murphy currently serves on the boards of directors of various public media and consumer-facing companies including Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee and serves on the Transaction and Nominating & Governance Committees, and Malibu Boats, Inc. (Nasdaq: MBUU), where he is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and serves on the Nominating & Governance Committee. Mr. Murphy’s extensive board experience includes previously serving as the Chairman of the Board of Revel Entertainment Group, LLC and board member of Fisher Communications, Inc. and Dial Global, Inc. (now Westwood One, Inc.), where he served as the Chairman of a Special Committee for restructuring and on the Audit Committee. Mr. Murphy previously served as President, Strategy & Development of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (“Caesars Entertainment”), one of the world’s largest gaming companies. During his time at Caesars Entertainment he was responsible for corporate strategy and growth, mergers and acquisitions, corporate development and real estate development around the world. Prior to joining Caesars Entertainment, Mr. Murphy was an operating partner at Apollo Global Management, LLC, focused on media and entertainment. Mr. Murphy spent over 18 years at The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”) in senior executive roles, serving as Disney’s Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Strategic Officer, Senior Advisor to the CEO, a member of Disney’s executive management committee and the Chief Financial Officer of ABC, Inc. He was responsible for strategy, new business development, mergers and acquisitions, technology, brand management, research and development and long term planning for the growth of Disney’s global businesses. During his tenure, Disney grew from approximately $5 billion in revenue to over $35 billion. Mr. Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
MARY TURNER, FCPA, FCA, C. DIR
Ms. Mary Turner, 64, is a current director and member of the Audit 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 chairs the Fund Oversight Committee. She also currently serves on the boards of directors of YMCA Canada, where she is a member of the Audit Committee, as well as Niagara College and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, where she chairs their Audit Committees. 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.