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Stars Group Inc (TSGI.TO)

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13 Dec 2018
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Divyesh Gadhia

56 2017 Independent Chairman of the Board

Rafael Ashkenazi

43 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Brian Kyle

53 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Guy Templer

49 2016 Chief Operating Officer

Marlon Goldstein

44 2017 Executive Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Jerry Bowskill

52 Chief Technology Officer

Robin Chhabra

47 2017 Chief Corporate Development Officer

Peter Murphy

55 2017 Director

Mary Turner

65 2017 Director

Harlan Goodson

71 Independent Director

Alfred Hurley

63 2016 Independent Director

David Lazzarato

62 2016 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Divyesh Gadhia

Mr. Divyesh (Dave) Gadhia, CPA., is the Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Gadhia is the Chairman of the Board of the company. He is the Chairman of the Board and was appointed as such in June 2016, 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

Rafael Ashkenazi

Mr. Rafael (Rafi) Ashkenazi is the Chief Executive Officer, Director of The Stars Group Mr. Ashkenazi 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.

Brian Kyle

Mr. Brian Kyle is the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, since June 19 2017. 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.

Guy Templer

Mr. Guy Nigel Templer is the Chief Operating Officer of Stars Interactive Group, a subsidiary of the Company, since December 21, 2016. Mr. Guy 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.

Marlon Goldstein

Mr. Marlon Goldstein is the 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.

Jerry Bowskill

Dr. Jerry Bowskill is the Chief Technology Officer of the Company. Dr. Bowskill is responsible for the overall technology performance and strategy of the business. Immediately prior to joining The Stars Group, Dr. Bowskill was a technology consultant for Partis Solutions, a global leader in the provision of corporate services to the interactive gaming industry from January 2017 to June 2017. Prior to that, Dr. Bowskill was the Chief Technology Officer of TouchTunes Interactive Networks, the largest in-venue interactive music and entertainment platform, from September 2015 to November 2016. From May 2012 to September 2015, Dr. Bowskill served in a variety of roles at Scientific Games, a leading developer of technologybased products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets, including as its Chief Architect and as a founding stakeholder and the Chief Technology Officer of SG Interactive, the Internet product division of Scientific Games. Prior to Scientific Games, Dr. Bowskill was the Technology and Solutions Director at Playtech following its acquisition of Gaming Technology Solutions in 2009, where he was a co-founder and served as the Director of Technology and Division Chief Executive Officer while the company created a leading open-platform based online gaming development ecosystem. Dr. Bowskill began his professional career as a research scientist, holding several roles within British Telecom’s advanced applications & technology research group. As a researcher, he authored over 40 academic publications and was a research associate, investigating wearable and contextual computing, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s “Media Lab”. Dr. Bowskill has a BSc (Honours) degree in Microelectronics and Information Processing and a Ph.D in image processing, each from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom.

Robin Chhabra

Mr. Robin Chhabra is the Chief Corporate Development Officer, Since September 2017 of the Company. Mr. Chhabra 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, Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: INSE)) from 2006 to 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Chhabra spent 12 years in various executive roles at major 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.

Peter Murphy

Mr. Peter E. Murphy is the director of the Company. Mr. Murphy is the 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 consumerfacing 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. 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

Ms. Mary Turner is the director of the Company. Ms. Turner is the 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 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.

Harlan Goodson

Mr. Harlan W. Goodson is an Independent Director of the company. He is a current director and member of each of the Audit Committee and 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.

Alfred Hurley

Mr. Alfred F. Hurley, Jr. is an Independent Director of the company. He is a Chairman of the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee and member of the Audit Committee, 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.

David Lazzarato

Mr. David A. Lazzarato is an Independent Director of the company. He is a current 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.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Divyesh Gadhia

1,178,330

Rafael Ashkenazi

3,815,960

Brian Kyle

974,459

Guy Templer

1,530,650

Marlon Goldstein

1,712,190

Jerry Bowskill

--

Robin Chhabra

1,254,850

Peter Murphy

212,411

Mary Turner

212,411

Harlan Goodson

359,732

Alfred Hurley

338,610

David Lazzarato

334,716
As Of  31 Dec 2017