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)
Shay became CEO of Entain (then GVC) in July 2020, having previously been Chief Operating Officer, a position he held since joining the Group in March 2016. Prior to Entain he was Chief Strategy Officer of Gala Coral, and Chief Operating Officer of Playtech plc. An Israeli citizen, Shay has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in computer science from Tel Aviv University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Chicago.
In March 2019 Rob became Chief Financial Officer of Entain (then GVC), having 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.
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)
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.
Stephen Morana joined the Entain (then GVC) Board on 2 February 2016 and is widely recognised for his e-commerce expertise, particularly as a specialist in the online gaming sector having spent ten years as part of the management team at Betfair plc. Stephen joined Betfair in 2002, becoming Chief Financial Officer in 2006 and also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer in 2012. After Betfair, Stephen spent over three years at Zoopla Property Group Plc as Chief Financial Officer, where he helped them join the FTSE 250 in June 2014. Stephen joined the Board of Entain ( then GVC) following the successful acquisition of bwin.party digital entertainment plc and the enlarged group’s move to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Stephen was until recently a Nonexecutive Director and Audit Committee Chairman of boohoo.com plc, the high growth fast fashion business. Stephen is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an alumnus of the executive management programme at INSEAD.
Stephen Morana is the Board’s Senior Independent Director
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)
Jette joined Entain (then GVC) in December 2019. She has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership and operational roles in media, entertainment and digital businesses in general, as well as building and operating DTC and OTT streaming services across multiple European countries.
From 2003 until March 2019 she held several senior executive and non-executive roles at Modern Times Group AB, a listed international entertainment group with a strong presence in Scandinavia and Central Europe, serving on the executive committee from 2011.
Jette has extensive experience from working with a portfolio of fast growing digital next generation online/mobile entertainment companies offering online (mobile) video gaming, eSports, social media video content and platforms. Prior to 2003 she worked for six years for Accenture as a senior strategy consultant advising clients in the telecommunications, media and entertainment sectors, having moved from A.P. Møller-Maersk, the global logistics company where she worked in finance, strategy and business development roles.
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. 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.
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.