Tekkorp Digital Acquisition Corp. II
- Media, Sports, Entertainment, Leisure, Gaming
Matthew Davey has been our Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of our board of directors since January 2021. Mr. Davey has also been a director and the Chief Executive Officer of Tekkorp Digital Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: TEKK) since August 2020. Mr. Davey has over 25 years of experience within the digital media, sports, entertainment, leisure and gaming ecosystems, as well as experience in the public sector. He is an experienced public company executive officer and board member. He has served in executive management positions across the gaming technology arena. Over the course of Mr. Davey’s career, he oversaw more than ten mergers and acquisitions and over $1.2 billion in debt and equity capital raised to support the companies he has led. Mr. Davey joined Next Gen Gaming, which later became NYX Gaming Group Limited (formerly TSXV:NYX) and later SG Digital, the Digital Division of Scientific Games Corp. (Nasdaq: SGMS), through its purchase of NYX, in 2000 as the Vice President of Technology, was appointed an Executive Director in 2003 and named Chief Executive Officer in 2005, which role he kept until 2018. Mr. Davey oversaw the initial public offering of NYX in 2014. After the public offering, from 2014 to 2018, Mr. Davey oversaw seven acquisitions which helped establish NYX as one of the fastest growing global B2B real-money digital gaming and sports betting platforms. In 2019, Mr. Davey founded Tekkorp Capital, which invests in and provides consulting services for digital sports and gaming industry companies. Mr. Davey is also a director of BetMakers Technology Group (ASX:BET), a digital gaming technology company. Mr. Davey received a Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Northern Territory University, Australia (also known as Charles Darwin University). We believe Mr. Davey’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategic business planning and his track record at NYX.
Eric Matejevich has been our Chief Financial Officer since January 2021. Mr. Matejevich has also been the Chief Financial Officer of Tekkorp Digital Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: TEKK) since August 2020 and served as its Executive Vice President in August 2020. Mr. Matejevich is a seasoned gaming executive with extensive experience in both the online gaming and traditional casino industries. From February to August 2019, he served as Trustee and Interim-Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Casino Resort (“Ocean”) in Atlantic City, where he successfully led the management team through an ownership change and operational turnaround effort. Prior to Ocean, from 2016 to 2018, Mr. Matejevich served as the Chief Financial Officer of NYX. At NYX, he focused his efforts on integrating the company’s many acquisitions and multiple debt refinancings, and was instrumental to the executive team that sold NYX to Scientific Games for $631 million. Prior to NYX, from 2004 to 2014, Mr. Matejevich was the Chief Financial Officer of Resorts International Holdings and from 2011 was also the Chief Operating Officer of the Atlantic Club Casino, a property under the Resorts International Holdings umbrella — a Colony Capital (NYSE: CLNY) entity. Prior to serving in various gaming positions, Mr. Matejevich was a Vice President of High Yield Research for Merrill Lynch, where he managed the corporate bond research effort for the gaming and leisure sectors and marketed high yield and other debt transactions totaling $4.8 billion. Mr. Matejevich received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robin Chhabra has been our President since January 2021. Mr. Chhabra has also been the President of Tekkorp Digital Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: TEKK) since August 2020 and served as its Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Strategy in August 2020. Mr. Chhabra has been at the forefront of corporate acquisition activity within the digital gaming landscape for over a decade. His prior experience includes leading corporate strategy, M&A, and business development at two of the global leaders in the digital gaming industry, The Stars Group and William Hill, and a leading supplier, Inspired Gaming Group (Nasdaq: INSE). Mr. Chhabra served on the Group Executive Committees of each of these companies. From 2010 to 2017, Mr. Chhabra served as the Group Director of Strategy and Corporate Development for William Hill. From 2017 to May 2020, Mr. Chhabra served as Chief Corporate Development Officer at TSG and, from 2019 to August 2020, he also served as the Chief Executive Officer of FOX Bet, a leading U.S. online gaming business which is the product of a landmark partnership between TSG and FOX Sports, a transaction which he led. During that period, Mr. Chhabra led several transactions which transformed TSG into the largest publicly listed online gambling operator in the world by both revenue and market capitalization and the most diversified from a product and geographic perspective with revenues of over $2.5 billion. Mr. Chhabra’s M&A experience is extensive and covers multiple global geographies and all parts of the digital gaming value chain. Prior to working in the gaming sector, Mr. Chhabra was an equities analyst and a management consultant. Mr. Chhabra received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Thomas Roche will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Roche has also been a director of Tekkorp Digital Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: TEKK) since October 2020. Mr. Roche has more than 40 years of experience in the gaming industry as a regulator, advisor and independent auditor. Mr. Roche joined Ernst & Young as a partner in 2003 until his retirement from the firm in 2019. He opened EY’s Las Vegas office and was subsequently appointed as the Office Managing Partner and Global Gaming Industry Market Leader. In 2016, Mr. Roche relocated to the EY Hong Kong office to supervise the expansion of the EY Global Gaming Industry practice in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Roche has been integral to numerous transactions that have shaped the current gaming landscape. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Mr. Roche served as Deloitte’s National Gaming Industry Leader and as the co-head of Andersen’s Gaming Industry Practice in Las Vegas. In 1989, Mr. Roche was appointed by then Governor of the State of Nevada, Robert Miller, to serve as one of three members of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board for a four-year term, where he was directly responsible for the Audit and New Games Lab Divisions. Mr. Roche is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is licensed by the Nevada State Board of Accountancy and Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California. We believe Mr. Roche’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his lengthy and comprehensive experience in accounting and finance in the gaming industry.
Tony Rodio will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Rodio has also been a director of Tekkorp Digital Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: TEKK) since October 2020. With over 40 years of experience in the casino industry, Mr. Rodio was the Chief Executive Officer of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (Nadsaq: CZR) and was also a director of Caesars from April 2019 until its acquisition by Eldorado Resorts, Inc. in July 2020. Prior to Caesars, Mr. Rodio served as Chief Executive Officer of Affinity Gaming from October 2018 to April 2019 and, before leading the Affinity team, Mr. Rodio served as a director, Chief Executive Officer and President of Tropicana Entertainment Inc. (formerly OTCQB: TPCA) for over seven years. Mr. Rodio started his gaming career in 1980 as an accounting clerk and transitioned into the management ranks, holding a succession of executive positions for casino brands including Harrah’s Entertainment, Trump Marina Hotel Casino, the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort and Penn Gaming. During his tenure, he oversaw the deployment of significant capital investments and dramatically increased the earnings of the enterprise. He has also served on the boards of professional and charitable organizations including Atlantic City Alliance, United Way of Atlantic County, the Casino Associations of New Jersey and Indiana, AtlantiCare Charitable Foundation and the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming Hospitality & Tourism. Mr. Rodio received a Bachelor of Science from Rider University and a Master of Business Administration from Monmouth University. We believe Mr. Rodio’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive gaming and management experience.
Richard Welch will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Since 2005, Mr. Welch has been employed at Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) and, in 2017, was appointed as the Managing Director, Head of Healthcare. Over his tenure there, has been responsible for managing certain financial and operational aspects of its investment portfolio and operating businesses. Mr. Welch has been serving as a director of NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. since 2020, a director and on the audit and compensation committees of BBQ Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: BBQ) since May 2018, and a director of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV, Inc. since January 2018. Previously, Mr. Welch was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co., focusing on mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings for companies in the real estate, retail, and consumer product industries. Mr. Welch received a Bachelor of Science from University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California (license inactive). We believe Mr. Welch’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his board experience and investment knowledge.
Sean Ryan serves as an advisor to our sponsor in connection with the identification and evaluation of and negotiation and consummation with potential business combination targets that our sponsor may recommend to us. Mr. Ryan is a digital media & technology operator with extensive global experience in online payments, e-commerce, marketplaces, mobile ad networks, digital games, enterprise collaboration platforms, blockchain, real money gaming and online music. Since 2014, Mr. Ryan has been serving as Vice President of Business Platform Partnerships at Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), where he leads a more than 500 person global organization that manages the Payments, Commerce, Novi/Blockchain, Workplace and Audience Network businesses. Prior to his current role, Mr. Ryan was hired in 2011 as the Director of Games Partnerships to lead and grow the Games business at Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, Mr. Ryan created the new social and mobile games division at News Corp, an American multinational mass media corporation. Mr. Ryan co-founded Twofish in 2009, a virtual goods and services platform that provided developers with data analytics and insights for individual application’s digital economies. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Ryan founded and led Meez.com, a leading social entertainment service combining avatars, web games and virtual worlds. Mr. Ryan also co-founded SingShot Media, an online karaoke community, which was sold to Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: EA) and merged into its Sims division. Mr. Ryan received a Bachelors of Arts from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.