Board of Directors

Brian Mattingley | Chairman

Brian Mattingley was appointed Non-Executive Chairman in March 2016 having been Executive Chairman since May 2015 and, before that, Chief Executive Officer since March 2012. His prior roles at the company were Deputy Chairman of the Group and Senior Independent Non-executive Director since March 2006. He joined the 888 Board in August 2005. 

Brian was previously Chief Executive of Gala Regional Developments Limited until 2005. From 1997 to 2003 he was Group Finance and Strategy Director of Gala Group Plc, prior to which he was Chief Executive of Ritz Bingo Limited. He has held senior executive positions with Kingfisher Plc and Dee Corporation Plc. Brian will stand down from the Group at the next Annual General Meeting in May 2021 and will be replaced as Chairman by Jon Mendelsohn.

Itai Pazner| Chief Executive Officer

Itai Pazner was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in January 2019 after more than 17 years within 888. He previously held the role of Chief Operating Officer, since October 2017.

Prior to becoming COO in 2017, Itai Pazner spent more than six years as Senior Vice President (‘SVP’) of the Group’s B2C Division where he oversaw the significant development of 888’s strong brands as well as having oversight of the Group’s marketing, customer support functions, and B2C operations.

Yariv Dafna| Chief Financial Officer

Yariv was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Company and to the Board of Directors on 1 November 2020. Prior to joining 888, Yariv held a number of positions with Telit Communications plc since 2003, including Group CFO from February 2007 to June 2012, Chief Corporate Development Officer with responsibility for all M&A activity, and subsequently also COO, with responsibility for all operation and purchasing activities. In November 2017, he was appointed to Telit's Board as Finance Director with responsibility for finance, legal, IT and corporate development activities. Yariv started his career in 1999 at Deloitte Israel and holds a BA in Business Administration and Accounting from the College of Management Academic Studies (Rishon LeZion, Israel), an MBA from Tel Aviv University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Zvika Zivlin| Independent Non-executive

Zvika Zivlin is the Founder and Managing Partner of Tulip Capital, the exclusive partner firm of Wells Fargo Securities in Israel, is a strategic partner to Alias Tech (JB Capital), and currently serves on the advisory board of Infinidat Ltd. 
Mr Zivlin has been engaged in projects covering the fields of insurance, banking, real estate, technology and communications, and was previously CEO of Trans4u Ltd and CFO of GSI Group. Mr. Zivlin holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, an MBA from Tel Aviv University (1st year,  with distinction) and a BA in Economics and Management from Tel Aviv University (with distinction).


Anne de Kerckhove| Independent Non-executive

Anne de Kerckhove is currently the CEO of Freespee - a fast growing company in the communication cloud space. Previously, she was the CEO of Iron Capital and the Managing Director EMEA for Videology, Global Director of Reed Elsevier, and COO and International Managing Director at Inspired Gaming Group. Ms. de Kerckhove is also an angel investor and mentor for early-stage startups and entrepreneurial funds including Metail, CRE and Daphni, and holds board positions with 7digital. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an MBA from INSEAD. 

Mark Summerfield| Independent Non-executive

Mark Summerfield is a Chartered Accountant and worked for KPMG in the UK and US for 29 years, 18 as a partner.  His roles included Global Head of Gaming, UK Head of Audit for Technology, Media and Telecoms ("TMT") and UK Head of Assurance.  Mark has extensive knowledge and experience in auditing, financial reporting and governance, as well as mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions. Mark spent most of his career working for companies in the TMT and leisure sectors and built KPMG's gaming practice, working with a number of online gaming operators.  He was also William Hill Plc's interim CFO for 15 months, helping set the group's strategic direction and assisting with its transformation and technology programmes.

Limor Ganot| Independent Non-executive

Limor Ganot is Managing Partner of Gefen Capital, a US-Israeli venture capital fund that invests in disruptive technologies, a member of the global advisory board of Diners Club International, a board member of Diners Club Israel, and former co-CEO of Alon Blue Square Israel. She is a certified CPA who started her professional journey in the corporate finance division at KPMG, and received her Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Economics from Tel Aviv University.

Lord Jon Mendelsohn| Independent Non-executive

Jon is a highly experienced gambling sector professional with more than 20 years' industry experience that includes co-founding Oakvale Capital LLP, a leading M&A and strategic advisory boutique focusing on the gaming, gambling and sports sectors. He is the Senior Adviser to Value Retail, the developer and operator of luxury outlet shopping villages. He co-founded LLM Communications, a corporate and public affairs consultancy which was acquired by Financial Dynamics to create one of the largest global financial and business communications companies. He served as a Managing Director and later as Chairman of the Global Issues Division, including after it was acquired by FTI Consulting. He is also an investor in early stage and start-up companies in areas ranging from technology to energy. Jon is a Labour life peer who has sat in the House of Lords since October 2013 and sits on the International Relations and Defence Committee. 

Jon will replace Brian Mattingley as Chairman from the next Annual General Meeting in May 2021.