Leaders

David Chance Chairman of the Board

American and British, born 1957

Elected 1998

David is Chairman of the Board of Directors since May 2003. David was Deputy Managing Director of the BSkyB Group between 1993 and 1998. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director of ITV plc and O2 plc. David is also Chairman of Top Up TV and is a Non-Executive Director of PCCW Limited (Hong Kong), Chairman of its NOW TV media group and Chairman of Nordic Entertainment Group. David graduated with a BA in Psychology, BSc in Industrial Relations and MBA from the University of North Carolina.

 Member of the Remuneration Committee.

 Independent of the Company and management and independent of major shareholders.

 Direct or related person ownership: 3,565 class B shares as of 31 December 2018.

Donata Hopfen Non-Executive Director

German, born 1976

Elected 2016

Donata is a Digital Transformation Driver and has been the CEO / Managing Director of Verimi from October 2017 to May 2018. Previously Donata was the Publishing Director and Head of the Management Board of BILD Group, Europe’s largest newspaper and Germany’s largest digital news portal, since May 2014. Before that Donata was the Managing Director of BILD’s digital and mobile activities. Donata joined Axel Springer in 2003 and has held various positions including responsibility for business development and product management at BILD.T-Online, and head of business development in Axel Springer’s electronic media department. Donata is also a member of the Digital Expert Board of Deutsche Postbank AG and a member of the Foundation Board of SWAB. Donata holds diplomas in European business administration from the Universities of Madrid and Reutlingen.

Member of the Audit Committee.

Independent of the Company and management and independent of the major shareholders.

Direct or related person ownership: 0 class B shares as of 31 December 2018.

Natalie Tydeman Non-Executive Director

British, born 1971

Elected 2017

Natalie is Managing Partner of VT Partners LLP. Between 2007 and 2016, Natalie was at GMT Communications Partners, one of Europe’s leading private equity specialists in the media and communications sectors, where she became Partner in 2010 and later promoted to Senior Partner in 2014. Natalie helped launch Excite in Europe, built Discovery Communications’ European internet operations, was Managing Director of Fox Kids Europe’s Online & Interactive division, and led Fremantle Media’s business diversification and corporate venturing activities as Senior Vice President. Natalie is also a Trustee of Nesta, a charitable foundation focused on increasing the innovation capacity of the United Kingdom, where she chairs the Venture Investment Committee and Nesta Investment Management. Natalie is also a board member of Nordic Entertainment Group AB. Natalie has also been a Trustee of the Central British Fund and director of Seagull AS. Natalie holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit Committee.

Independent of the Company and management and independent of the major shareholders.

Direct or related person ownership: 0 class B shares as of 31 December 2018.

Simon Duffy Non-Executive Director

British, born 1949

Elected 2008

Simon was Executive Chairman of Tradus plc until the company’s sale in March 2008. Simon was also Executive Vice-Chairman of ntl:Telewest until 2007, having joined ntl in 2003 as CEO. Simon has also served as CFO of Orange SA, CEO of wireless data specialist End2End AS, CEO and Deputy Chairman of WorldOnline International BV, and held senior positions at EMI Group plc and Guinness plc. Simon is also a Non-Executive Chairman of YouView TV Ltd., as well as a Non-Executive Director of Oger Telecom Limited, Wizz Air Holdings Plc, Nordic Entertainment Group AB and Telit Communications Plc. Simon has also served as chairman of the board of Bwin.party digital entertainment plc and Mblox Inc. as well as board member of Millicom International Cellular and Avito AB. Simon is a Master’s graduate of the University of Oxford and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Independent of the Company and management and independent of the major shareholders.

Direct or related person ownership: 1,750 class B shares as of 31 December 2018.

Gerhard Florin Non-Executive Director

German, born 1959

Elected 2018

Gerhard has spent over 20 years in the entertainment and gaming industry, and currently serves on the Boards of MTG’s subsidiary InnoGames and Codemasters PLC, a UK based games publishing company. Gerhard has previously served on the Boards of Funcom, Kobojo and King Digital Entertainment, and was Chairman of the latter between 2014 and 2016. Between 2006 and 2010, Gerhard served as an Executive Vice President and General Manager of Publishing at Electronic Arts, being responsible for the company’s worldwide publishing business, prior to which he held various positions in Electronic Arts’ German and British operations. Before joining Electronic Arts, Gerhard worked at Bertelsmann Music Group and McKinsey. Gerhard holds Master’s and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Augsburg in Germany.

Member of the Remuneration Committee.

Independent of the Company and management and independent of the major shareholders.

Direct or related person ownership: 0 class B-shares as of 31 December 2018.

Jørgen Madsen Lindemann President & Chief Executive Officer

Danish, born 1966

Jørgen was appointed as President and CEO of MTG in September 2012, prior to which he served as Executive Vice President of the Group’s Nordic Broadcasting (free-TVpay-TV and radio) operations from October 2011. He was also responsible for the Group’s Czech operations between 2008 and 2011, and the Hungarian operations between 2010 and 2011, and served as CEO of MTG Denmark from 2002, prior to which he was responsible for MTG’s New Media department between 2000 and 2002. Jørgen has worked in the Group since 1994 when he joined as Head of Interactive Services. He became Head of Sponsorship for TV3 in 1997, then Head of Viasat Sport in Denmark and, subsequently, Head of Viasat Sport for the Group in 1998. He is also a member of the Boards of Zalando, Turtle Entertainment, The International Emmy Association in New York, and non-profit organisation Reach For Change.

Direct or related person ownership: 71,321 class B shares per 31 December 2018.

Maria Redin Chief Financial Officer

Swedish, born 1978

Maria was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of MTG in December 2015. She previously served as Acting Chief Financial Officer from June to November 2015. She has also held a number of senior positions at MTG, including Head of Group Finance and Group Controller. Her roles in the Group have included the positions of CFO, and later CEO, of MTG’s former gaming entertainment company Bet24, as well as a number of financial positions, and she started her career at MTG as a management trainee in 2004. Maria has been a Member of the Board of Directors at NetEnt since 2012. She holds a Masters degree in International Business from the University of Gothenburg.

Direct or related person ownership: 4,486 class B shares per 31 December 2018.

 

Arnd Benninghoff Games & Esports

German, born 1969

Arnd joined MTG in November 2014 and leads MTG’s strategic investments in esports (ESL/Turtle Entertainment and DreamHack) and online gaming (InnoGames and Kongregate). Prior to joining MTG, Arnd worked as Chief Digital Officer for Digital & Adjacent at ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, and as Managing Director of SevenVentures, the group’s venture arm. Arnd has also been CEO of Holtzbrinck eLAB, the incubator of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, founded and built fifteen companies, and held various management roles at Tomorrow Focus AG. He started his career as a journalist, working for Deutsche Presse Agentur and TV networks.

Direct or related person ownership: 3,321 class B shares per 31 December 2018.

Peter Nørrelund EVP; Head of Product Development and Incubation, and Co-CEO of DreamHack

Danish, born 1971

Peter was appointed EVP, Head of Product Development and Incubation, and Co-CEO of DreamHack in May 2018. He previously served as EVP and CEO of MTG Sport from March 2016 and as COO of Turtle Entertainment from February 2017. Peter joined MTG in 2003 and headed up the Danish sports operations from 2004. He has been responsible for all sports rights acquisitions across the Group since 2006 and was appointed MTG Head of Sport in 2013. Peter has a degree in journalism from the Danish School of Media & Journalism, and prior to joining MTG he worked as a reporter, commentator, host and Editor in Chief at Danish public service broadcaster DR.

Direct or related person ownership: 8,093 class B shares per 31 December 2018.

Johan Levinsson MTG Group General Counsel

Swedish, born 1978

Johan was appointed MTG Group General Counsel in May 2018. He joined MTG in February 2017 as Head of Legal – M&A and Corporate Legal Affairs of the MTG Group, prior to which he worked for 11 years in private practice at law firms Roschier, Ashurst (including a 7 months secondment to Ashurst’s London office) and Hamilton. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Uppsala University.

Direct or related person ownership: 111 class B shares per 31 December 2018.

Lars Torstensson

Swedish, born 1973

Lars was appointed as EVP, Head of Communications & Investor Relations in June 2019. Prior to joining MTG Lars Torstensson served as Chief Communications Officer at Swedish listed consulting company Sweco AB and has held communications, investor relations, strategy and business development positions at Gelato AS and Tele2 Group. He previously worked at Swedbank Robur and Handelsbanken Asset Management. Lars holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Jönköping International Business School.

 

 

Marcus Lindmark Co-CEO of DreamHack

Swedish, born 1985

Marcus was appointed as President and CEO of DreamHack in 2014 after joining the company in 2008 as an Events Manager. Marcus graduated from Rinman High School.

Ralf Reichert Co-CEO ESL

German, born 1974

Ralf founded Turtle Entertainment in 2000. He is also a Board member of WESA. Ralf was previously a Member of the Board of GIGA Television GmbH (2006-2007), Managing Director of SK Gaming (1997-2001) and Assistant to the Managing Director of BMW Zwirner (1991-2000). Ralf holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Duisburg-Essen.

David Neichel Co-CEO ESL

French, born 1970

David joined ESL in November 2017 as COO and was promoted to Co-CEO in August 2018. Prior to joining ESL, David worked as VP International at Activision-Blizzard in London, and as Managing Director for France & Nordic. David served as Chief Commercial Officer at Canal+ in Paris and Sales Director at Electronic Arts France. David started his career in Sales & Marketing at Procter & Gamble Germany. David graduated with an M.Sc. from Paris Institute of Political studies (Sciences-Po) and a M.Sc in Business and Economics from EDHEC Business School in Lille.

Hendrik Klindworth CEO & Founder of InnoGames

German, born 1983

Hendrik is CEO of InnoGames, which he co-founded in 2007. Hendrik studied IT, with a focus on software engineering and information systems, at the University of Oldenburg.

Roger Lodewick CEO of Zoomin.TV

Dutch, born 1979

Roger was appointed CEO of Zoomin.TV in May 2018. He was previously Chief Commercial Officer at COMOSA AG, which operates the World Boxing Super Series, of which MTG is a founding partner. Roger spent 12 years in various positions at TEAM Marketing AG, where he gained extensive experience in global media rights, product management and marketing. He has a degree from Fontys Economic University in the Netherlands and an International Master in Management, Law & Humanities of Sports from SDA Bocconi (Italy), Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and De Montfort University (UK).

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