Michele Ciavarella serves as a member of the Company’s Board since June 2011 and has served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board since June 26, 2019. In addition, Mr. Ciavarella has served the Company in various roles and executive capacities since 2004 including President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Operations. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Ciavarella was engaged in senior executive and director roles for a variety of private and publicly listed companies including Kerr Mines Ltd. (formerly known as Armistice Resources Corp.), Firestar Capital Management Corporation, Mitron Sports Enterprises, Process Grind Rubber and Dagmar Insurance Services. He also served as the Business Development Officer for Forte Fixtures and Millwork, Inc., a family owned business in the commercial retail fixture manufacturing industry from January 2007 until October 2013. From 1990 until 2004, Mr. Ciavarella served as a senior executive, financial planner, life insurance underwriter and financial advisor for Manulife Financial and Sun Life Financial. Mr. Ciavarella received his Bachelor of Science degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Mr. Ciavarella has been focused on incubating and executing on business building strategies for the prior 25 years.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Monteverdi has extensive industry leadership experience, having served as U.S. President of Sportradar from April 2018 to February 2020, and as IGT Senior Vice President of Global Digital Products from 2015 to 2018. Previously from 2012 to 2015 he was GTECH Senior Vice President of iGaming. He also served as President of Lottomatica Betting and Interactive from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Monteverdi holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy, a Law Degree from Università Degli Studi in Milan, Italy and a specialization in Marketing from Stanford Graduate Business School. Mr. Monteverdi has previously served as an independent strategic advisor to the Company since March 2020 and has developed a firm understanding of the unique technological capabilities of the Company’s Elys betting platform and has established a strong rapport with the Company’s current management team.
Vice President Operations
Alessandro Marcelli served as our President from 2014 to 2017 and since 2014 to present has also served as our Vice President Operations. Mr. Marcelli has more than 20 years of professional experience in the technology industry having a broad range of applicable cross-border experience including a key role as Project Manager of Software with NATO in 1996 working within the Turkish Army. He was employed with Vodafone Group plc from 1997 through 2010 as manager of the operational and maintenance center for central and south Italy operations.
Mr. Marcelli has extensive experience in communications, team building as well as management skills in fast changing environments. Since 2007, Mr. Marcelli has been the Managing Director of Multigioco and has been instrumental in its growth, expanding the Newgioco/Multigioco brand to approximately $450 million in gross annual gaming turnover during his tenure.
Vice President Technology and Director
Luca Pasquini has served as a member of our Board and our Vice President Technology since August 2016. Mr. Pasquini brings 30 years of information technology experience and has served as team leader, service manager and project manager in various software and technology development projects. Since 2013, Mr. Pasquini has served as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Odissea Betriebsinformatik Beratung GmbH where he was instrumental in the engineering and creation of a powerful, state-of-the art sports betting and gaming technology system. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Pasquini served as IT Manager of GoldBet sportwetten GmbH where he provided executive oversight of technology adaptation and software development. Mr. Pasquini has also been instrumental in assembling a solid team of gaming specialist software engineers that have developed our innovative bookmaker platform and a full suite of gaming products. Mr. Pasquini is a graduate of technical engineering studies at Instituto Superiore Valdarno in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Korb has served as our Chief Financial Officer on a part-time basis since July 3, 2019. Mr. Korb has over 20-years’ experience with high-growth companies and experience taking startup operations to the next level. Since June 2019, First South Africa Management, a company for which Mr. Korb has served as the Chief Financial Officer since January 2010 has been providing consulting services to us, including the financial expertise required of public companies. First South Africa Management provides financial management and strategic management services to various companies.
Since August 2013, Mr. Korb has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Icagen, Inc., a drug discovery company with a focus on neurosciences and rare disease. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Korb was the group chief financial officer and director of Foodcorp (Proprietary) Limited (“Foodcorp”), a multimillion dollar consumer goods company based in South Africa. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Korb delivered operational and strategic leadership for the full group financial function during a period of change including mergers, acquisitions and organic growth. As a board director he cultivated relationships with shareholders, bond holders, financial institutions, rating agencies, and auditors. Mr. Korb was also responsible for leading the group IT strategy and implementation and supervised 16 direct reports including 10 divisional financial directors. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Korb was the group Chief Financial Officer of First Lifestyle, initially a publicly traded company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in South Africa, which was then purchased by management which included Mr. Korb. He anchored the full group financial function with responsibility for mergers and acquisitions activity, successfully leading the process whereby the company was sold to Foodcorp. Upon completion of the merger, Mr. Korb was appointed as the group Chief Financial Officer of Foodcorp. Mr. Korb is also the Chief Financial Officer to several other companies including, Petroteq Energy Group Limited, a Canadian company engaged in the creation of technology for the environmentally-safe extraction of oil from oil sands and oil shale deposits.
Vice President Land-based Operations
Franco Salvagni has served as our Vice President Land-based Operations since August 2016. Mr. Salvagni has 20 years of experience at the retail level in the Italian gaming business. Since 2013, Mr. Salvagni has served as Area Manager in charge of developing the land-based distribution of the betting shops of Ulisse GmbH in Italy.
Vice President Regulatory Affairs
Beniamino Gianfelici is the founder of Newgioco and has served as our Vice President of Regulatory Affairs since August 2015. He served as a member of our Board from August 2015 until May 2017. Mr. Gianfelici brings over 35 years of experience in gaming operations in Italy along with a wealth of business relationships in a broad range of industries and several key business centers throughout Italy. Prior to establishing Newgioco in 1996 and entering the gaming business, Mr. Gianfelici formed and managed a successful construction enterprise which designed, engineered and constructed a number of prominent buildings in Rome, Italy.
Vice President Business Development
Gabriele Peroni has served as our Vice President Business Development since August 2016. Mr. Peroni brings 20 years of experience in the online and land-based gaming business. From February 2011 to September 2013, Mr. Peroni was the Senior Sales Manager for GoldBet sportwetten GmbH in charge of business development throughout Italy. In addition, in June 2013, Mr. Peroni co-founded Odissea Betriebsinformatik Beratung GmbH and since September 2013 he has been instrumental to securing a number of significant business-to-business contracts for Odissea.