Board of Directors
Mr. Weil has been Executive Chairman since the consummation of the business combination that created the current Inspired Entertainment, Inc. in December 2016. Mr. Weil was the co-sponsor and founder of Inspired’s predecessor, Hydra Industries Acquisition Corp, and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since its formation in 2014. 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. Scientific Games Corporation is a supplier of technology-based products, systems and services to gaming markets worldwide. Mr. Weil also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games Corporation from 1992 to 2008 and from November 2010 to November 2013 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 has been a director since December 2016. Mr. Raphaelson is Senior Counsel at the law firm of White & Case LLP, in Washington, D.C and Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Raphaelson has also been an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law since September 2017. Mr. Raphaelson served as Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel of Las Vegas Sands Corp. from November 2011 and as 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 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 within the Department of Justice. Mr. Raphaelson earned an undergraduate degree and a law degree from Northwestern University.
Mr. Chambrello has been a director since January 2019. Mr. Chambrello is principal of Wickford Strategic Investment, LLC. Mr. Chambrello served as the Chief Executive Officer of North America Lottery for International Game Technology PLC from March 2015 until December 2017, where he was responsible for the development and delivery of all lottery technology solutions globally, the strategic development and management of the lottery business in the U.S. and Canada and the global instant ticket printing business. From July 2005 to December 2013, Mr. Chambrello served in various roles at Scientific Games Corporation, including Chief Operating Officer, President and Chief Executive Officer, and most recently as the Chief Executive Officer–Asia-Pacific Region. He served as President and CEO of Environmental Systems Products Holdings from November 2000 to June 2005 and as CEO of Transmedia Asia Pacific, Inc. and Transmedia Europe Inc. from 1998 to 1999. He served in various roles at GTECH Holdings Corporation and its subsidiaries, most recently as President of GTECH Corporation and Executive Vice President of GTECH Holdings Corporation, from 1981 to 1998. Mr. Chambrello has served on the board of directors of various public and private companies, most recently as chairman of the board of directors of Meridian Lightweight Technologies. He has also served on the board of numerous not-for-profit organizations, and currently sits on the executive committees of the Petit Family Foundation and the Southern Connecticut State University Foundation. Mr. Chambrello earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Southern Connecticut State University.
Mr. Hoye has been a director since May 2017. Mr. Hoye 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.
Ms. Rogers has been a director since August 2018. Ms. Rogers was the Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, a lifestyle company inspired by the African American experience, from August 2010 until May 2017. Since May 2013, Ms. Rogers has served as the Chair of the Chicago tourism bureau, Choose Chicago. Ms. Rogers was the White House Social Secretary for President Obama from January 2009 to April 2010. She served as President of Social Networking for Allstate Financial, a business unit of the Allstate Corporation, from July 2008 to December 2008; as President of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, two utility companies owned by Peoples Energy Corporation (a public company acquired by Integrys Energy Group), from 2004 to July 2008; as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Peoples Energy Corporation from 1997 to 2004; and as a Director of the 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 also served on the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield and Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (until its merger with Penn National Gaming, Inc. in October 2018) , and as the Vice Chairman of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry. She currently serves on the boards of DonorsChoose, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the Economic Club, the Commercial Club and World Business Chicago, and on the board of MDC Partners Inc. She has an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Saferin has been a director since August 2018. Mr. Saferin founded Media Drop-In Productions (later named MDI Entertainment), a licensed lottery games and promotions business in 1986, 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 and 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 served as a vice president with both Viacom Communications and Warner Amex Cable from 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 committees for the School of Communication at American University and for the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. He has a journalism degree from American University and was a sportswriter at the Washington Post. He holds a law degree from the University of Maryland. He has 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.
Mr. Vandemore has been a director since December 2016. Mr. Vandemore has served as Chief Financial Officer of Skechers, a globally branded casual footwear design and marketing company, since November 2017. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President, Divisional Chief Financial Officer of Mattel, 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.