Eric Vaughn, Interim President & CEO
On January 24, 2018, the Company announced the retirement of its founder & CEO Dave Lockton and appointed Eric Vaughn as Interim President & CEO. Mr. Vaughn is a highly qualified leader, game developer and software engineer who possesses expertise and in-depth knowledge of all facets of the online / video gaming and interactive TV industries with over 27 years of product development and management experience.
Prior to WinView, Eric served most recently as COO, Capital Games, of Electronic Arts, also known as EA Games, a developer, marketer, publisher and distributor of video games. Starting 14 years ago as Director of Platform Development at EA, Eric rose through the ranks, spending the last four years as COO of mobile game development at Capital Games. In addition to the Tiger Woods video game series, Eric’s most recent success was the Star Wars – Galaxy of Heroes franchise, a game he personally championed and is the most successful mobile game at EA, generating significant revenues in in-app purchases.
Previously, Eric was Senior Technical Director at AOL and Technical Director at WorldPlay / Imagination Network. Eric began his professional career as Software Engineer / Software Engineering Manager, R&D at Interactive Network where he was co-inventor on an interactive advertising patent. Eric has the perfect leadership background to design and build out the app and back-end systems that will be required to develop other sports verticals in addition to football on the WinView Games platform, as well as manage operations of the company.
Alan Pavlish, Chief Product Officer
Mr. Pavlish is a highly qualified veteran of the gaming industry with 30+ years of product development and management of iGaming (Daily Fantasy Sports, casino and poker) and Social/mobile gaming. Throughout his career, Alan has served in a wide range of senior leadership roles from startup/founder to executive and operations at a number of domestic and international companies. These roles and initiatives include Executive Advisor and Director of New Products at IGT / DoubleDown Interactive with oversight for planning of and development; co-founder/co-CEO of HollywoodPoker, growing the business into a top 5 online poker company; the launch of ClubHollywood online casino; co-founder and CEO of social games publisher Plaor; launched a free-to-play version of HollywoodPoker on mobile/Facebook, COO of Game Sports Network’s HotRoster daily fantasy sports app; and VP Development and CEO in Interplay Productions and Plaor, respectively.
Mark Richman, Chief Financial Officer
Mark Richman is an accomplished strategic and operational CFO with experience in a wide variety of industries including gaming, SaaS, IoT, medical device, distribution, telecom, and human capital/HR. As WinView’s CFO, Mr. Richman oversees all aspects of WinView’s financial planning and finance operarations. Mr. Richman has directly overseen the Finance & Accounting, Investor Relations, Manufacturing HR, Legal, FP&A, R&D, and Tax in both hyper-growth and turnaround environments. Most recently, he was CFO at Car Charging Group, with previous stints as CFO at Zentri, Goji Food Solutions, Digital Chocolate, Hoana Medical, Terayon Communications Systems & Covad Communications.
Yugesh Naicker, Chief Architect
Yugesh Naicker joins WinView as a proven technical leader with over 20 years of software development experience across large scale commerce, game-related and other online and cloud-based systems and services. As WinView’s Chief Architect, Mr. Naicker is responsible for all aspects of the WinView Games platform relative to its architectural plans and decisions. Mr. Naicker spent the majority of his career as Chief Architect at EA Games, where he was responsible for successfully designing and building a variety of systems spanning all aspects of EA’s digital and online business. These include commerce, game specific services and general online services. Most recently, Mr. Naicker was the Director of Engineering at Icontrol Networks, leading a team of engineers in building the next generation of IoT devices turning homes into smart homes.
Anthony Giombetti, Vice President Consumer Marketing
Anthony is a seasoned digital advertising, ecommerce and marketing executive with over 20 years of industry experience. As VP Consumer Marketing at WinView Games, he is responsible for driving consumer marketing, communications/PR and brand development strategy and initiatives related to user acquisition, retention, re-activation and corporate development. Previously, Anthony served as EVP of Consumer Direct at Risdall (www.risdall.com), a national digital advertising agency in Minneapolis, providing sales growth strategies and brand management for a variety of confidential consumer, tech and finance companies. Prior to Risdall, Anthony held the position of as Vice President of Marketing & Communications of Evine Live (www.evine.com – formerly ShopNBC www.shopnbc.com, owned by NBCUniversal and Comcast. In this marketing leadership role, he oversaw all facets of branding, naming, corporate communications, investor relations, public relations, vendor relations, strategic planning, and event management at the shopping network, as well as being part of the NBC Universal Marketing Council. In addition, he successfully spearheaded the launch of over 100 national brands on the shopping network, including Macy’s, Calvin Klein, Brooks Brothers, Effy, Suzanne Somers, and Sur La Table.
WinView’s mobile game sports app is built by European firm Ex Machina Group (www.exmachinagroup.tv) and is based on their fully developed Play2TV platform, which has been used by multiple hit reality and entertainment TV programs around the world with millions of simultaneous users. Ex Machina’s 15-person engineering team has served as WinView’s development resource since January, 2010.