Alastair Gordon, Non-Executive Director and Chairman
Alastair Gordon is a non-executive Director and chairman of the Group. Mr. Gordon has over 15 years' experience in global information management, software and e-commerce.
Mr. Gordon spent 12 years at SDL plc, a provider of global information management and software services, where he served as chief financial officer from 1998 to 2008 and executive director from 1998 to 2010. He played a leading role in the company's initial public offering and helped to grow the business, both organically and by acquisition, to become a FTSE350 company. Mr. Gordon retired as the chief financial officer in 2008 but remained on the board for a further two years as an executive director.
Prior to working at SDL plc, Mr. Gordon spent 10 years at Berisford International plc, where he held a number of divisional and group financial roles, including chief financial officer of the company's US operations.
Prior to working at Berisford International plc, Mr. Gordon spent 13 years at Arthur Andersen LLP, where he was a senior audit manager specialising in small and medium sized businesses and venture capital.
Mr. Gordon served as senior independent non-executive director of Active Risk Group plc (LON: ARI) (formerly Strategic Thought Group plc), an enterprise risk management technology company, since 2008. He also served as a non-executive director of Alterian plc, a marketing analysis software business, from 2010 until 2012. Mr. Gordon is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and is a member of the ICAEW.
Charles Fairbairn, Senior Non-Executive Director and External Director
Charles Fairbairn is a non-executive Director, the senior independent director and chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Fairbairn has held similar positions for a number of AIM companies over the past 14 years including Research Now Ltd, the online research company of which he was a founder investor, Statpro Group plc, providing analytics for asset managers, and Brightview plc, an internet service provider.
Mr. Fairbairn graduated from Durham University with a BA (Hons) in Economics in 1983 and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in London in 1986. Having spent seven years at Deloitte Haskins & Sells, he joined Pearson Plc in 1990 as group accountant, group chief accountant and latterly finance director of Pearson New Entertainment, a start-up division. Over the following 17 years, since leaving Pearson New Entertainment in 1998, he has held a number of positions as finance director, executive and non-executive director of a portfolio of companies, helping to develop and scale growth companies from start-ups into global companies. Mr. Fairbairn is an active investor in growth companies and reviews new business and turnaround opportunities, exposing him to a multitude of sectors and business models. He also holds an investment management certificate.
Daniel King, Non-Executive Director and External Director
Daniel King is a non-executive Director and chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee. Mr. King has over 18 years’ experience in e-commerce technologies, data and analytics, digital and online media and has extensive knowledge in developing and scaling high-growth companies.
Mr. King is currently the President & COO for Profitero, a SaaS provider of online insights and e-commerce intelligence for retailers and brands. Previously Mr. King worked for UK Trade & Investment as Head of High Growth & Emerging Markets, working with companies and individual investors looking to set up their businesses or investment in the UK. Mr King was previously managing partner of Blue Leaf Capital, a private boutique venture capital and advisory services company based in London. Prior to this Mr. King held Managing Director roles with Compete, a WPP company; MySupermarket.co.uk; and Experian Hitwise, overseeing the company's EMEA operations and was a key member of staff that led to the eventual acquisition of Hitwise by Experian in June 2007.
Mr. King is also a Non-executive Director of several public and private companies and advises companies on their business model, growth strategies, and international expansion plans. He is a mentor and judge on London Business School’s MBA Entrepreneurship Programme, and is also an advisor and mentor with technology incubator Seedcamp, (www.seedcamp.com) a programme aimed at bringing together next generation start-ups with entrepreneurs, business executives and venture capitalists.
Penelope Judd, Non-Executive Director
Ms. Judd is a non-executive Director. Ms. Judd is a chartered accountant with over 30 years of experience in Compliance, Regulation, Corporate Finance and Audit.
Ms. Judd was for the last three years managing director and EMEA Head of Compliance in Nomura International Plc. Ms. Judd was previously the managing director and EMEA Head of Compliance in in UBS investment bank for nine years. She was a consultant to the London Investment Banking Association (now AFME) and a corporate finance executive in Cazenove & Co, as a senior member of the transactions team. Ms. Judd has been the UKLA Head of Equity Markets for six years, during which she was a member of the EU “Informal Contact Group” of competent authority representatives across Europe. Ms. Judd has also worked for ten years in KPMG as a corporate finance manager and auditor.
Gal Haber, Managing Director
Mr. Gal Haber is Managing Director and an Executive Director of Plus500 Ltd. Mr. Gal Haber has nearly 15 years’ experience in software programming and business development. One of the Company’s founders, he currently holds the position of the Company’s joint chief executive officer and is responsible for the day-to-day running of operations. In particular, he has led the design of the userfriendly Trading Platform, which represents one of the key competitive advantages for the business. As announced in February 2016, commencing 30 April 2016 he will become the Managing Director of the Group.
Mr. Haber holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel. Before founding Plus500, Mr. Haber served as chief operating officer of InterLogic Ltd, a ‘skilled games’ programme provider for the internet, and mobile devices, which he co-founded in 2004.
Asaf Elimelech, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Asaf Elimelech is Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of Plus500 Ltd. He previously served as the CEO of Plus500AU Pty Ltd. Asaf is currently responsible for managing Plus500’s subsidiaries, working with the senior management team to ensure that the group, through its subsidiaries, is meeting its strategic goals. and has worked for the Group for the last three years.
Prior to joining Plus500, he was a supervisor at PwC from 2008 to 2012, specialising in biotechand commercial audit as well as providing tax services to clients. As part of his role he managed several audit teams and was responsible for the preparation of financial reports for private and international public companies.
Mr. Elimelech holds a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Haifa University and is a certified accountant in Israel.
Elad Even-Chen, Chief Financial Officer
Elad Even-Chen is the chief financial officer of the Group. Mr. Even-Chen’s responsibilities cover a broad range of finance and business functions including managing the Group finance departments, and is responsible for the financial aspects of Plus500’s company strategy and global business development projects. Mr. Even-Chen joined the Group in 2011 and was appointed to the Board on July 2016.
Mr. Even-Chen is a certified accountant in Israel and, prior to joining the Group, he was a senior associate at KPMG, specialising in commerce and real estate audit. Mr. Even-Chen holds a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Tel-Aviv University, an LL.B Degree from the College of Management and an MBA (specialising in Financial Management) from Tel-Aviv University.