Board of Directors

The matters reserved for the Board can be found in Matters reserved for the Board

Memorandum and Articles of Association for Paddy Power Betfair plc

Gary McGann, Chairman

Appointed to this position:
1 July 2015 (Became a Non-Executive Director on 24 November 2014)
Skills and experience:
Gary was Group Chief Executive of Smurfit Kappa Group PLC from 2002 until he retired in September 2015. He joined the Smurfit Kappa Group in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer and also served as President and Chief Operations Officer. He has held a number of senior positions in the private and public sectors over the past 20 years, including Chief Executive of Gilbeys of Ireland and Aer Lingus Group. He holds BA (UCD) and MSc Management (Trinity) degrees and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Other current appointments:
Chairman of Aryzta AG and Non-Executive Director of Green Reit plc and Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited

Breon Corcoran, Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to this position:
2 February 2016 (Chief Executive Officer of Betfair Group plc: August 2012)
Skills and experience:
Prior to being Chief Executive Officer of Betfair Group plc, Breon held a number of positions at Paddy Power plc including Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director for Non Retail & Development and also Commercial Director. Before joining Paddy Power plc, Breon worked at JP Morgan and Bankers Trust. Breon holds an MBA (INSEAD) and is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.
Other current appointments:
Non-Executive Director of Tilney Group

Alex Gersh, Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to this position:
2 February 2016 (Chief Financial Officer of Betfair Group plc: December 2012)
Skills and experience:
Alex has extensive experience of working in highly competitive, international businesses. Prior to being Chief Financial Officer of Betfair Group plc, he had been Chief Financial Officer at NDS Group, Flag Telecom and BT Cellnet. Alex’s early career was spent with Ernst & Young. He is a qualified Certified Public Accountant.
Other current appointments:
None

Ian Dyson, Senior Independent Director

Appointed to this position: 2 February 2016
(Non-Executive Director of Betfair Group plc: February 2010)
Skills and experience:
Ian was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Punch Taverns plc, having previously been Chief Executive. Previous positions held by Ian include Finance & Operations Director at Marks and Spencer Group plc, Finance Director at The Rank Group plc, Group Financial Controller of Hilton Group plc and Finance Director at Le Meridien. His early career was spent with Arthur Andersen, where he became a Partner at the firm in 1994. He is a qualified chartered accountant.
Other current appointments:
Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC and SSP Group plc and Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman of ASOS plc

Zillah Byng-Thorne, Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to this position: 2 February 2016
(Non-Executive Director of Betfair Group plc: September 2013)
Skills and experience:
Zillah is the Chief Executive of Future plc and prior to this was Chief Financial Officer of Trader Media Group, Fitness First Group Ltd and Thresher Group. Zillah previously held Non-Executive Director positions with Mecom plc and Gondola Holdings plc. She is a qualified accountant and has an MA in Management Studies and an MSc in Behavioural Change.
Other current appointments:
Chief Executive of Future plc and Non-Executive Director of Gocompare.com Group plc

Michael Cawley, Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to this position: 17 July 2013
Skills and experience:
Michael previously held a number of senior positions at Ryanair; Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Commercial Director. Prior to that, Michael was Group Finance Director of Gowan Group Limited. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Other current appointments:
Non-Executive Director of Hostelworld Group plc, Kingspan Group plc and Ryanair Holdings plc

Emer Timmons, Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to this position: 17 May 2017
Skills and experience:
Emer is Chief Marketing Officer and President of Strategic Sales at Brightstar Corporation, headquartered in Miami, a position she has held since July 2016. Prior to this, Emer held several senior executive roles at BT, including President of BT Group Strategic Deals and Customer Engagement, as well as leading BT’s Global Services UK business. She holds a degree in Maths and Economics from the National University of Ireland.
Other current appointments:
None

Peter Jackson, Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to this position: 2 February 2016
(Non-Executive Director of Betfair Group plc: April 2013)
Skills and experience:
Peter is Chief Executive Officer of Worldpay UK, an operating division of Worldpay Group plc. He was formerly Head of Global Innovation at Banco Santander and a Director of Santander UK Group Holdings plc and prior to this, Chief Executive Officer of Travelex Group. He previously held senior positions at Lloyds and Halifax Bank of Scotland, and McKinsey & Company. He holds an MEng from the University of Cambridge.
Other current appointments:
Chief Executive Officer of Worldpay UK

Padraig O Rıordain, Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to this position: 8 July 2008
Skills and experience:
Pádraig is a Corporate Partner at Arthur Cox, an Irish law firm, where he served as Managing Partner from 2003 to 2011. In 2009, he was named European Managing Partner of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Managing Partners’ Forum in 2012. He studied Law at University College Cork and Harvard Law School and has practiced in New York and Dublin.
Other current appointments:
Chairman of the DAA plc

Peter Rigby, Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to this position: 2 February 2016
(Non-Executive Director of Betfair Group plc: April 2014)
Skills and experience:
Peter was previously Chief Executive (from 1988 to 2013) and Finance Director (from 1983 to 1988) of Informa Plc. He previously held the role of Finance Director for Stonehart Publications. He holds a BA in Economics from Manchester University, and is a qualified accountant.
Other current appointments:
Chairman of MVF

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