Board of Directors
Christopher Bell, Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Christopher Bell has 20 years’ experience in the gambling industry and was the chief executive officer of Ladbrokes plc until his departure in 2010. He joined Ladbrokes plc in 1991 and became managing director in 1994 before joining the board of Ladbrokes plc in 2000 (known as Hilton Group plc until 2006). Mr Bell is the independent non-executive chairman of XL Media plc, a senior independent director of Quintain Estates and Development plc, a non-executive director of Spirit plc and a member of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board which advises the UK government on gambling policy. Prior to joining Ladbrokes plc, Mr Bell held senior marketing positions at Victoria Wine Company Limited and Allied Lyons plc.
Asaf Lahav co-founded the Group and has held the post of Group Chief Executive Officer since the Group’s inception in 2009. Apart from his Group responsibilities, Mr. Lahav is responsible for co-managing the TechFinancials business unit with particular particular responsibility for the product development team. Mr. Lahav has 20 years’ experience in managing complex technological projects and was previously a director of research and development at EMC Corporation, a position he left to found the Group. Prior to this he held senior roles within research and development at ProActivity Software Solutions Limited, a privately held provider of business process management software solutions which was subsequently acquired by EMC Corporation. Mr Lahav holds a BSc (Hons) in Information Systems from the Technion.
Jeremy Lange co-founded the Group and has held the post of Chief Operating Officer since the Group’s inception in 2009. For the past three years Mr Lange has been responsible for establishing the Group’s operations in Cyprus and has overall responsibility for compliance at OptionFair. Prior to founding TechFinancials, he was employed in a number of senior sales positions including at Surf Communication Solutions, a high-capacity multimedia processing solutions business, and at Flexlight Networks, an Israeli technology start-up company. Mr Lange has dual British/Israeli nationality and holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Leeds University and a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from Kings College, London.
Hillik Nissani has worked in international sales and marketing for more than 25 years with extensive experience in the technology sector and more specifically in online trading. He is currently the owner and managing partner of Habaneros, a strategy and marketing agency based in Cyprus. Until July 2014, he held the position of chief marketing and sales officer at Easy FOREX, a global FOREX broker. Between 2007 and 2009, Mr Nissani worked for London Stock Exchange main market listed 888.com as the vice-president for the Americas. Mr Nissani has held executive roles with other companies, most notably, at Matomy Media Group Limited, a company listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange and NYSE traded Amdocs Inc. Mr Nissani also spent 5 years in venture capital and private equity where he led investments in high-tech companies and assisted their management teams with both their strategy as well as their daily execution. Some of these companies were acquired by multinationals such as Alcatel, and some achieved an initial public offering on the NASDAQ stock market. Mr Nissani was Captain and Head of The Israeli Defence Forces’ Software Development School Programming Division and holds an MBA from Edinburgh University.
Eitan Yanuv, Non-Executive Director
Eitan Yanuv is chief executive officer of Implement Limited, a business he founded in 2002 and which provides consultancy services to SMEs in Israel operating in the technology space. Prior to setting up Implement, Mr Yanuv was head of consulting and investment banking at Kost Forer Gabay E&Y. He is currently the chief financial officer of Starcom plc and SerVision Limited, both AIM-quoted companies headquartered in Israel.