Board of Directors
Barry Gibson joined the Board in November 2019 and became Chairman on 27 February 2020. He is the Chairman of HomeServe plc, and has worked with its founder CEO for nearly a decade to grow HomeServe into a market leading FTSE 250 business. Barry has extensive experience of the gambling sector, having previously been a Non-Executive Director of William Hill plc and bwin.party digital entertainment plc, where he was the Senior Independent Director. He also has a long track record in the retail sector having previously been the Group Retailing Director at BAA plc, Group Chief Executive of Littlewoods plc, Non-Executive Chairman of Harding Brothers Holdings Ltd, and Non-Executive Director of both Somerfield plc and National Express plc.
Nominations Committee (Chair)
Jette became CEO of Entain in January 2021, having previously served on the Group’s Board as a Non-Executive Director from December 2019. In her role as a Non-Executive Director, Jette was involved in shaping the strategy and direction Entain set out in late 2020, positioning the business for sustainable growth by leading in innovation, safety and responsibility.
She has a broad background with over 20 years’ experience across operating in leadership positions media, sports and entertainment, with experience of working with companies to disrupt industries through technology in international markets.
Jette currently serves on the board of Coloplast AS, a leading medical technology company listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange, where she also serves as a member of the remuneration and nomination committees.
From 2003 until March 2019 she held a number of senior leadership roles at Modern Times Group AB, a listed international entertainment group with a strong presence in Scandinavia and Central Europe. These included being Chief Executive of Pay TV, Broadcasting and, latterly, CEO of Digital Video Content.
Between 2011 and 2013 she was Chief Executive of Viasat AB, the global satellite communications company. She also formerly chaired the board of Astralis Group A/S, an international esports organisation, which has announced plans to list on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market in Denmark.
Previously Jette worked for six years for Accenture as a senior strategy consultant advising clients in the telecommunications, media and entertainment sectors.
A native of Denmark, Jette has a degree in business, finance and economics from Copenhagen University and has attended executive programmes with Insead in France and Columbia University in the USA.
Rob added the role of Deputy CEO of Entain in January 2021 to his existing position as Chief Financial Officer, which he has held since March 2019. Before becoming Entain’s CFO, Rob had been with the Group for six years, the majority of which, spent as Chief Financial Officer of the Ladbrokes Coral UK Retail business. Prior to Entain, Rob was Senior VP at Cerberus Capital, overseeing the PE firm’s portfolio companies in Europe. Before Cerberus, Rob worked in Restructuring advisory at Rothschild and before that KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has a Maths and Management degree from Nottingham University.
Robert Hoskin has been at Entain since 2005. In January 2021 he took on the role of Chief Governance Officer, overseeing the Group’s legal, regulatory, governance and social responsibility affairs. Previously he served as Group Director of Legal, Regulatory and Secretariat and has been instrumental to the Group’s growth and development, overseeing its corporate governance, legal and regulatory requirements across more than 20 countries in five continents, whilst also supporting various M&A transactions. Prior to joining PartyGaming in 2005, Robert headed up the Investment Company Secretariat at Aberdeen Asset Management. He is a Chartered Company Secretary and has a law degree from University College London.
Stella David Joined the Entain Board in March 2021. Stella was previously Chief Executive Officer of William Grant & Sons following more than 15 years with Bacardi Ltd where she undertook a number of roles culminating in five years as Global Chief Marketing Officer. Until recently she was Chair of C&J Clark Ltd and spent seven years as a Non-Executive Director at the Nationwide Building Society, where she chaired the Remuneration Committee.
Stella brings marketing and strategic experience to the Board. Her extensive management and non-executive roles have given her an insight into UK corporate governance practices and investor expectations which will be beneficial to the Board in her role as Senior Independent Director.
Stella David is the Board’s Senior Independent Director
Pierre Bouchut joined the Entain (then GVC) Board on 13 September 2018. Pierre has over 40 years of experience in senior management roles across finance, European retail and European property. He is a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee at Hammerson plc and Firmenich SA and a director and chairman of the audit, accounts and risks committee of Albioma SA. He is also a non-executive director of GeoPost SA.
Previously Pierre was the chief operating officer for Europe and Indonesia at Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. (2016-2018), chief financial officer at Delhaize Group SA (2012-2016), Carrefour SA (2009-2012), Schneider Electric SA (2005-2009) and Casino (1995-2003), where he also served as the chief executive officer from 2003 to 2005. He has also been a non-executive director of La Rinascente SPA and a non-executive member of the advisory boards of Qualium Investissement and Lombard Odier Asset Management (Switzerland) SA.
Audit Committee (Chair)
Mark joined Entain in March 2021. Previously he was CEO of Merian Global Investors from 2019 to 2020. Prior to this, he held the role of Group CFO and Executive Director at Legal & General Group Plc until 2017. During his 19-year career at Legal & General, he held a variety of other senior roles including CEO of the Savings business, Managing Director of the With-Profits business, Director of service operations, Group HR Director and International Director. Before joining Legal & General, Mark held senior financial and business development roles at Asda and Kingfisher. Mark is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having qualified with PwC.
He is currently a Non-Executive Director and chair of the Remuneration and Investment Committees at Direct Line Insurance Group plc
Mark has extensive knowledge of financial and customer services through his lengthy career in the insurance and retail sectors. He is an experienced remuneration committee chair who brings deep financial and commercial expertise to the Board.
Remuneration Committee (Chair) Audit Committee
Peter Isola joined the Entain (then GVC) Board in 2016 following the move to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange as an expert in gaming law and regulation with experience advising numerous e-commerce clients. Peter Isola is the Senior Partner of ISOLAS, Gibraltar’s longest established law firm. He is a Gibraltarian, domiciled in Gibraltar, and in 1982 was called to the Bar of England and Wales and also Gibraltar. Peter has worked in the gaming and financial services sector all of his professional life and is widely recognised and respected as a leading expert in gaming and regulation. Peter is a former President of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce and advises the Government of Gibraltar on a number of committees in both financial services and gaming. He is also a director of a number of Gibraltar regulated firms in financial services, gaming and e-commerce including the Gibraltar International Bank, Callaghan Insurance Brokers and Broadband Gibraltar Limited. He was appointed a Commissioner to the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission in March 2017.
Vicky Jarman joined the Entain Board in March 2021. Vicky spent over 10 years with Lazard and Co Ltd working in the Investment Banking team and then as Chief Operating Officer for the London and Middle East operations until 2009. Prior to this she was at KPMG where she qualified as a chartered accountant.
She was previously a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committees of each of Equiniti Group plc, Hays plc and De La Rue plc, the Senior Independent Director at Equiniti Group plc and a Non-Executive Director at Knight Frank LLP.
Vicky has deep corporate finance and accounting experience from her career in investment banking. Her successful and varied non-executive career at international FTSE companies, including membership of audit and remuneration committees, will bring further depth to Entain’s Board.
Virginia joined Entain (then GVC) in June 2018. She has 35 years of experience working in the US gaming industry and is the current Vice Chairperson of Global Gaming Women, a non-profit organisation with a mission to support, inspire and influence the development of women in the gaming industry through education and mentoring.
Virginia was the President and CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. in the United States from 2011 until her retirement in 2016, and the president and COO of Isle of Capri from 2007 to 2011. Prior to this she was the Chief Information Officer at Trump Entertainment Resorts from 2005 to 2007 and Senior Vice President of operations, sales and marketing at Argosy Gaming Company from 1997 until that business was acquired in 2005. From 1984 to 1996 Virginia was promoted through various roles in Tropicana Casino and Resort before departing as Vice President of business development in 1996.
ESG Committee (Chair)
David joined Entain (then GVC) in October 2020. Prior to joining the Group he played a critical role in successfully lobbying for online gaming and sports betting to be licensed in the US. Most recently he was Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Development for Caesars Entertainment Corporation in Las Vegas, where he worked from 2002 to 2019. He was responsible for overseeing Caesars’ government activities for more than 52 properties in 15 states in the US and several other countries around the world. He previously spent 16 years at the US law firm Saiber Schlesinger Satz Goldstein LLC, where he had a particular focus on the gaming industry and played a key role in numerous regulatory and legislative initiatives throughout the US. David has a degree in Economics and Political Science from Ithaca College and a law degree from Seton Hall University.