Executive Team

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    Dermot S. Smurfit
    Chief Executive Officer
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    Karen Flores
    Chief Financial Officer
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    Simon Knock
    Chief Information Officer
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Chief Executive Officer

Dermot S. Smurfit is our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors. Dermot joined GAN as a director in 2003 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2010. He previously worked in the European Investment Banking team of SoundView Technology Group. He has operational and management experience in online gaming through his experience with GAN, together with M&A, strategic advisory and private equity financing experience in the gaming technology industry. Dermot is a qualified (non-practicing) U.K. lawyer specialized in corporate finance. His education encompasses an LLB in Law from Exeter University, the Legal Practice Course from the College of Law (U.K.) and the Investment & Corporate Finance advisory qualification from the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority.

Chief Financial Officer

Karen Flores is our Chief Financial Officer, serving in that role since January 2020. Karen has over 15 years’ experience in senior financial management roles. Immediately prior to joining GAN, Karen served as Vice President, Corporate Finance and Analysis of Alorica, Inc. Before then, she served as Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for the Walt Disney Company, following Disney’s acquisition of Maker Studios Inc., where she was serving as its Senior Vice President, Finance. Additional senior financial roles include positions with MySpace Music and Napster. Karen began her career as a financial analyst with Microsoft.

Chief Information Officer

Simon Knock is our Chief Information Officer, serving in that role since July 2016. Simon joined GAN in September 2010 as Technical Director and has nearly twenty years of internet gambling industry experience. Prior to GAN, Simon held various technology development and management roles with U.K. operator William Hill and operations roles with Canadian online gaming software developer CryptoLogic, Inc. Simon has a software engineering background, originally developing UK Government revenue systems and private sector logistics products.

Ms. Bracey is an experienced financial executive, having most recently served from 2010 to 2020 as EVP and Chief Financial Officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, a leading independent co-producer and co-financier of studio-released motion pictures. Prior to that, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Youbet.com (Nasdaq: UBET), an online wagering company, from 2009 until the company’s sale to Churchill Downs in 2010. From 2000 to 2008, Ms. Bracey was an executive at Ticketmaster Entertainment, where she served as EVP and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Bracey's career also includes serving as SVP and Chief Financial Officer of National Opinion Research Center and VP Controller at FOX Broadcasting Company. She began her career as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Diver•Sea•Fy, a non-profit organization that raises money to support underrepresented youth of color in training for scuba certifications. Ms. Bracey earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Chicago State University. She obtained her Certified Public Accountant designation in the state of Illinois.