Roger Withers (aged 66)
Roger started his career with Booz, Allen & Hamilton as an international management consultant and, subsequently, has over 30 years’ experience in the leisure and gaming industries. In 1973, Roger joined Ladbrokes (Hilton) where he held a number of senior positions in the bookmaking, casino, lottery and gaming machine divisions. In 1986 he joined Bass where his roles included managing director of BMLS and Coral Racing and executive chairman of Bass Leisure South Africa. He retired from Bass in 1998. Since then, he has held a number of other non-executive directorships, including chairman of Arena Leisure plc, senior non-executive director of Sportech plc as well as directorships with a number of substantial privately held companies in the property, technology, publishing and exhibitions sectors.
Mor Weizer (aged 33)
Chief Executive Officer
Mor was appointed as the Group’s Chief Executive Officer in May 2007. Prior to this he was the chief executive officer of one of the Group’s subsidiaries, Techplay Marketing Ltd which required him to oversee the Group’s licensee relationship management, product management for new licensees and the Group’s marketing activities. Prior to joining the Playtech Group, Mor worked for Oracle for over four years, initially as a development consultant and then as a product manager, which involved creating sales and consulting channels on behalf of Oracle Israel and Oracle Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before this, he worked in a variety of roles, including as an auditor and financial consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and a system analyst for Tadiran Electronic Systems Limited, an Israeli Company that designs electronic warfare systems.
Shuki (Moshe) Barak (aged 39)
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Shuki is now the Playtech Group’s Interim Chief Financial Officer. He joined Playtech as CFO in February 2006 and in October 2007 stepped down from his position as CFO, yet continued to be a director on the board. Before joining Playtech, Shuki was financial controller of ImageSat International N. V. a leading provider of satellite imagery services to worldwide customers. Prior to this, Shuki worked at Arthur Andersen in Israel where he qualified as a certified public accountant.
Rafael Ashkenazi (aged 33)
Chief Operating Officer
Rafi joined the Playtech Group as Chief Operating Officer in January 2006. From 2001 until 2005, Rafi was VP of project & products for SQLink Group, an Israeli company and provider of end-to-end IT services specialising in on-site software consulting and services. Prior to this, Rafi worked at Hapoalim Bank, the largest bank in Israel, as a system analyst and developer.
Alan Jackson (aged 65)
Alan has over 30 years’ experience in the leisure industry. From 1973 to 1991, he occupied a number of positions at Whitbread, principally as managing director of Beefeater steakhouse and also the Whitbread restaurant division where he was responsible for the creation and development of the Beefeater, Travel Inn and TGI Friday brands. In 1991, he founded his own business which became Inn Business Group plc in 1995 and was subsequently acquired by Punch Taverns plc in 1999. He chaired Oriental Restaurant Group plc until its sale to Noble House in 2000 and has been chairman of The Restaurant Group plc since 2001. He is currently non-executive chairman of Charles Wells Limited and non-executive chairman of Luminar Plc.
Thomas Hall (aged 41)
Tom is the Group’s Chief Executive of Asian Logic Ltd. Having been with the Playtech since 2002,Tom has also held the positions of Chief Executive Officer, and of Asian Business Development Director. From 1995 until he joined the Playtech Group in 2002, he was chief executive officer of TTR Strategic Holdings Limited ("TTR"), an Asia Pacific focused financial services group. Tom remains a non-executive director of NAV Limited, a financial services data processing subsidiary of TTR. Prior to that, he worked in Swiss private banking and private client financial services in the UK and Hong Kong. He also serves as non-executive chairman of Emphasis Services Limited and as a non executive director of each of Saba Investments Limited and Foundation Limited.