XLMedia Plc

Chris Bell

Chris Bell Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Mr. Bell has considerable listed board experience across a range of sectors. Mr. Bell has, since 2015, been Senior Independent Director for The Rank Group Plc, where he also serves on both the Audit Committee and the Nominations Committee. Chris is Non-Executive Chairman of three AIM-listed companies: Team 17 Group PLC,   TechFinancials, Inc and OnTheMarket plc, all of which he took to market and on which he serves on key governance committees. Mr. Bell joined Ladbroke Group plc in 1991, becoming Managing Director of its Racing Division in 1995. In 2000, he became Chief Executive of Ladbrokes Worldwide and joined the Board of the rebranded Hilton Group plc, becoming Chief Executive of Ladbrokes plc, following the sale of the Hilton International Hotel division, until 2010. He has also served as Non-Executive Director at Spirit Pub Company plc (from 2011 to 2015) and as Senior Independent Director at Quintain Estates and Development plc (from 2010 to 2015). Prior to joining Ladbrokes plc (formerly Hilton Group plc and Ladbrokes Group plc), Mr. Bell held senior marketing positions at Allied Lyons plc.

Stuart Simms Group CEO

Mr. Simms joined XLMedia as Chief Executive Officer in October 2019. Stuart brings significant experience in technology companies and specifically those in the performance marketing sector. Mr. Simms has previously held several board and senior executive positions, including as Chief Executive Officer, of Rakuten Marketing, one of the largest performance marketing companies, and has also held senior executive positions with leading technology businesses including Microsoft and Rackspace.

Iain Balchin Group CFO

Mr. Balchin joined XLMedia as Chief Financial Officer in February 2020. Mr. Balchin is an experienced Private Equity and PLC Finance Director and Group CFO, with particular knowledge of debt restructuring, equity fund raising (series A-D), M&A and publicly listing companies. He brings enviable experience in financial and strategic leadership, international management and change and risk management.

Richard Rosenberg

Richard Rosenberg Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Rosenberg is a qualified chartered accountant and a partner in SRLV, a London-based multidisciplinary accountancy and consultancy firm which he co-founded in 1988. Mr. Rosenberg is the Non-Executive Chairman of Livermore Investments Group Limited, an AIM quoted investment.

Jonas Martensson

Jonas Martensson Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Martensson has substantial experience in both corporate and capital markets and great exposure across the Nordics.  He is currently CEO of Mojang AB (“Mojang”), the Swedish video game developer and publisher acquired by Microsoft in 2014, who are best known for creating the popular independent game, Minecraft. Mr. Martensson previously founded betting operator Mobilbet.com, and held senior roles at Betsson, latterly in Betsson Technologies AB, as Head of Mobile.

Mr. Martensson holds a Master of Science in Business Administration, major in entrepreneurship from Stockholm university School of Economics and Management and a Master of Science in Business Administration, major in Business Development from Södertörn University College, Sweden.

Amit Ben Yehuda

Amit Ben Yehuda Non-Executive Director

Mr Ben Yehuda has over 20 years’ experience across a number of high growth industries focusing on implementing strategic growth initiatives and executing significant levels of M&A. Mr. Ben Yehuda has two bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science and an M.B.A, all received from the University of Tel Aviv. Currently, Mr Ben Yehuda is Chief Executive Officer of Kardan Communications and Chief Executive Officer of Kardan Technologies

Ory Weihs

Ory Weihs Non-Executive Director

Mr. Weihs is one of the founders of XLMedia and held the role of CEO until October 2019. He is an entrepreneur who has been deeply involved in the online gambling & performance marketing industries for over fifteen years. He is currently an active investor in a variety of companies such as Mews Systems B.V and Medorion LTD.

Mr. Weihs holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology from 2007.

Stuart Simms Group CEO

Mr. Simms joined XLMedia as Chief Executive Officer in October 2019. Stuart brings significant experience in technology companies and specifically those in the performance marketing sector. Mr. Simms has previously held several board and senior executive positions, including as Chief Executive Officer, of Rakuten Marketing, one of the largest performance marketing companies, and has also held senior executive positions with leading technology businesses including Microsoft and Rackspace.

Iain Balchin Group CFO

Mr. Balchin joined XLMedia as Chief Financial Officer in February 2020. Iain is a highly experienced CFO who has worked as a turnaround specialist in a series of Group CFO roles. He has previously worked at Ixaris Group, the payments optimisation business, and WorldRemit, a private equity backed money transfer business. Prior to this, Iain has held a number of Group CFO roles, including with WIZINK Bank and Ascot Lloyd Financial Services, and senior finance positions with St James Place Wealth Management and Chartis Insurance- AIG Group.

Michal Badhav

Michal Badhav Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Michal brings years of global experience having been in senior executive legal positions during the past 20 years at public and private technology companies in Israel and the US. Before joining XLMedia Michal served as Deputy General Counsel at Amdocs in the US and Israel and as General Counsel at Risco Group, where she headed the corporate, commercial, compliance and M&A functions. Michal holds an LL.M from Tel-Aviv University, an LL.B from Bar-Ilan University and is licensed in the US and Israel.

Sarah Clark Chief Operating Officer

Mrs. Clark is the Group’s Chief Operating Officer. She brings extensive knowledge of the global digital landscape and a proven ability to drive growth in complex environments. Before joining the Group, Sarah was General Manager for Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa at PayPal, the world’s largest online payments provider. She has also held a variety of commercial positions with Barclays Bank, the Virgin Group, Sainsbury’s and British Airways. Sarah has a B.A. from McGill University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Ken Dorward President North America

With a proven success record of managing companies through dynamic growth as CEO, COO and CFO, Ken joins XLMedia to oversee our global personal finance ventures and head up sports and gaming outside Europe. Based in the US, Ken is known for executing bold business strategies, increasing valuations and reorganizing teams across commercial, operational and administrative functions. Ken has exceptional knowledge of the digital media, advertising and personal finance sectors.