The Board of Directors consists of seven members, whereof a majority (six) are independent of the Company’s main shareholders. In the opinion of the Board, the composition of the Board of Directors responds to the Company’s needs for varied competency, continuity and changes in ownership structure. None of the directors holds any options or is entitled to any severance payment upon termination or expiration of their service.
Board of Directors
Petter Nylander has a long and successful career within iGaming and media enterprises. Starting his career in MTG, he held various management positions such as CEO of Unibet (now Kindred Group) (Nasdaq OMX), CEO of TV3 Scandinavia and CEO of OMD Sweden (part of Omnicom Group). Petter Nylander has also held positions of trust such as Chairman of the Board of G5 Entertainment AB (Nasdaq OMX) and board member of Besedo and Cint AB. He will bring unparalleled industry knowledge as well as great experience within corporate governance and Swedish Code of Conduct. Petter Nylander has a Masters Degree in Business and Economics from the University of Stockholm, Sweden.
Helge Nielsen graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in 1975. He has broad and diverse senior management experience both nationally and internationally, including listed companies. He has been in charge of tech-driven international market organizations and responsible for major restructuring processes. Currently, Helge Nielsen runs his own consultancy company, which provides management for hire. He also holds various directorships.
Henrik Persson Ekdahl is Partner & Co-founder at Optimizer Invest. As a repeat entrepreneur and angel investor, he has launched, grown and sold leading Scandinavian gaming operations such as BestGames Holdings Plc, Betsafe Ltd and Betit Group. He has two decades of experience within the online gaming industry in various roles including CEO BestPoker, CEO Betsafe & CEO Betsson Group Ltd. Henrik Persson Ekdahl holds an MBA from Gothenburg School of Economics.
Nicolas has a strong background within finance and has held numerous finance C‐level management positions. For example, Nicolas has held positions such as CFO of Bluestep Bank, CFO of Qliro Group AB (Nasdaq OMX) and CFO at PA Resources (Nasdaq OMX), he is currently CFO of NOD Group AB. Nicolas is expected to bring and contribute with great financial occupational experience and finance competence to the Board of Directors of the Company. Nicolas has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from the Mid Sweden University.
Kjetil is a highly experienced analyst and investor with many years of experience within various financial institutions and investment firms. Kjetil currently works as an analyst at Stenshagen Invest AS, a shareholder of the Company, but has previously held positions such as research analyst at
Arctic Securities and at SEB Enskilda. He is also holding other positions of trust such as director of B2 Holding, Norwegian Finans Holding and Protector Insurance. Kjetil is expected to contribute with strategic and analytical advice to the Board of Directors of the Company. Kjetil has a Master’s degree in Business and Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics.
Kathryn Baker has a long and successful career, both as a professional director and as a partner within private equity and finance. Kathryn has an MBA from Darthmouth College and worked for 14 years as a partner at the private equity firm Reiten & Co. She has served as a director on over 30 boards, of which several as Chairwoman, and was Chairwoman of Catena Media Ltd for 5 years, a director of American Chamber of Commerce in Norway, Investment Committee Member at Norfund and a board member of the Central Bank of Norway, just to name a few assignments. Kathryn is expected to bring vast knowledge and experience not only within online gambling but also within the strategic development and corporate governance of the Company.
Mr. Ahearne is currently CEO of SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited where he joined in December 2017 as Group Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for driving value across SkyCity’s properties in New Zealand and Australia. Mr. Ahearne also led SkyCity’s online gaming strategy, including overseeing the establishment of SkyCity Online Casino in 2019. His extensive global experience in the gaming industry spans over 20 years across multiple sectors, including land-based and online casinos as
well as sports betting. Prior to joining SkyCity in 2017, Michael held several senior executive positions at Paddy Power Betfair, Aristocrat and Star Entertainment Group. Michael is a qualified accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney.