Board of Directors
Mr Weil is the Executive Chairman of Inspired Entertainment, Inc and was the co-sponsor and founder of Inspired’s predecessor, Hydra Industries Acquisition Corp, and previously served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Weil has been a principal of Hydra Management, an investment vehicle he formed, since September 2014. Mr. Weil was Chairman of the Board of Scientific Games Corporation (and its predecessor Autotote Corporation) from October 1991 to November 2013. Mr. Weil also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games Corporation (and its predecessor Autotote Corporation) from 1992 to 2008 and from November 2010 to November 2013 (Mr. Weil had retired in 2008) and as the President from August 1997 to June 2005. Under Mr. Weil’s stewardship, the company made a number of significant acquisitions and joint ventures, including the privatization of the off-track betting operations of the State of Connecticut, and the acquisitions of Scientific Games Holdings Corp., IGT Online Entertainment Systems, Global Draw and WMS Industries, and the privatization of the Illinois, New Jersey and Italian lotteries. Prior to joining Scientific Games, Mr. Weil was President of Lorne Weil, Inc., a firm he founded which provided strategic planning and corporate development services to technology-based industries, a role he maintained from 1979 to November 1992. From 1974 to 1979, Mr. Weil was Vice President — Corporate Development at General Instrument Corporation. From 1970 to 1974, Mr. Weil was a manager with the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Weil received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, an M.S. degree from the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Columbia University, where he served for more than 10 years on the Board of Overseers. In 2012, Mr. Weil was the sponsor and Chairman of the Board of Andina Acquisition Corp., a NASDAQ-listed blank check company and is currently the Chairman of its successor entity, Tecnoglass Inc. Mr. Weil has been Executive Chairman of Leisure Acquisition Corp., a blank check company, since September 2017.
Mr. Raphaelson, 63, served as Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel of Las Vegas Sands Corp. from November 2011 and the Company's Secretary from January 2015 until August 2016. Mr. Raphaelson served as Vice President and General Counsel of Scientific Games Corp. from February 2006 until October 2011 and as its Secretary from June 2006 until October 2011. Mr. Raphaelson was a partner in and helped manage the Washington D.C. office of the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP for ten years and was a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Shaw Pittman for three years. Prior to entering private practice, he was a state and federal prosecutor for 15 years, serving the last two years as a Presidentially appointed Special Counsel for Financial Institutions Crime. Mr. Raphaelson has been selected to serve as a director due to his prior legal experience and network of relationships in the sports betting and gaming industries.
Mr. Hoye, 48, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Faction Collective S.A., a venture-backed retail brand platform that he co-founded in 2006. He is Chairman and co-founder of the London-based Runway East which provides co-working locations and other services for businesses. He was Chief Executive Officer of the digital marketing firm Latitude Group from August 2008 to November 2012. In 1999, he co-founded GoIndustry plc, a global industrial asset resale marketplace, where he was CFO when it was taken public in 2006. He is an angel investor in numerous technology and retail-based projects. He was employed by McKinsey & Co. from 1996 to 1999 as a management consultant with a focus on financial institutions, corporate restructuring, eCommerce, M&A and new market entry and before that worked in the Studios strategic planning division of Walt Disney Company. He has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Vandemore, 44, has been Chief Financial Officer of Skechers, a global branded casual footwear design and marketing company, since November 2017. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President, Divisional Chief Financial Officer of Mattel, a leading global toy manufacturer, from September 2015 until October 2017. Prior to that he served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of International Game Technology from 2012 until 2015. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2012, Mr. Vandemore served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Walt Disney Imagineering, a division of The Walt Disney Company, a global entertainment company. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Vandemore served as Vice President and Director, Operations Planning & Analysis of The Walt Disney Company. Prior to 2005, Mr. Vandemore held various positions at AlixPartners, Goldman Sachs, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Vandemore earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Vandemore has been selected to serve as a director due to his prior management experience, financial expertise and network of relationships in the gaming industry.
Mr. Withers, 75, has been the Non-Executive Chairman of SafeCharge International Group Ltd since 2014. He served as Non-Executive Chairman of Sportech Plc from 2011 until 2017 and was also a Director from 2001 until 2006. He also served as Non-Executive Chairman of Playtech Plc from 2006 until 2013 and as Non-Executive Chairman of Arena Leisure Plc from 2001 until 2006. Mr. Withers has held senior executive positions with Bass plc and Ladbroke Plc and has also held positions with Boz, Allen & Hamilton. Mr. Withers was selected to serve as a Director due to his prior management experience and network of relationships in the sports betting and gaming industries.
Ms. Rogers, 59, brings over 25 years of experience to the Board of Directors from working in both the public and private sectors. She was the former Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, a lifestyle company inspired by the African American experience, from August 2010 until May 2017. Johnson Publishing Company, LLC is the creator of Ebony and JET magazines and owns Fashion Fair Cosmetics, a prestige makeup line for women of color. In 2016, Ms. Rogers sold the media assets of the company. Since May 2013, Ms. Rogers has served as the Chair of the Chicago tourism bureau, Choose Chicago where she has helped to spearhead record visitation to the city. Prior to these positions, she was the White House Social Secretary for President Obama from January 2009 to April 2010; President of Social Networking for Allstate Financial, a business unit of The Allstate Corporation, an insurance provider, from July 2008 to December 2008; President of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, two utility companies of Peoples Energy Corporation (a public company acquired by Integrys Energy Group), from 2004 to July 2008; Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Peoples Energy Corporation from 1997 to 2004; and Director, Illinois Lottery from 1991 to 1997. In addition, Ms. Rogers served on the Board of Trustees of Equity Residential, a public real estate investment trust, from October 2003 to January 2009. She has served on several other corporate and not-for-profit boards, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, and as the Vice Chairman of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry. Ms. Rogers currently serves on the boards of two public companies, Pinnacle Entertainment and MDC Partners. She also serves on the boards of DonorsChoose, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, The Economic Club, The Commercial Club and World Business Chicago. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Saferin, 69, brings over 35 years of experience to the Board of Directors including as a lottery industry innovator, having been recognized by the Lottery Hall of Fame for innovations in lottery advertising and the invention and implementation of licensed games in the lottery industry, one of the most important products in the world lottery industry. Mr. Saferin founded Media Drop-In Productions (later named MDI Entertainment) in 1986, an industry leader in licensed lottery games and promotions, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 2003 when he sold the company to Scientific Games Corporation. Following the sale, Mr. Saferin continued to lead MDI as a division president for Scientific Games and he also assumed the position of Chief Creative Officer for Scientific Games in 2009 until his retirement in 2016. Prior to founding MDI, Mr. Saferin was the Director of Program Acquisitions at ESPN from 1982 to 1986 and was active in cable television franchising, serving as a Vice President with Viacom Communications and an Assistant Vice President at Warner Amex Cable between 1978 to 1982. Mr. Saferin was an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission and for Viacom International, Inc. between 1974 and 1978. Mr. Saferin serves on the Dean’s advisory committee for the School of Communications at The American University and the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. He has a journalism degree from American University and was a sports writer at The Washington Post. He holds a law degree from the University of Maryland.