he specialized payments platform, Paysafe has appointed seasoned executive Mark Brooker as an independent non-executive board director. He took over the position July 22.
Brooker joined as an additional member of the board, which is led by chairman Bill Foley, and includes executive director and Paysafe CEO, Philip McHugh. With his appointment, the company’s board is now comprised of 12 directors.
Before becoming part of Paysafe, Mark Brooker was chief operating officer for Trainline, Europe’s independent retailer of rail and coach tickets. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer of Betfair Group PLC, an online gambling operator which is now part of Flutter Entertainment.
He recently served as a non-executive director of UK-based gambling operator, William Hill PLC before its acquisition by Caesars Entertainment in April this year.
He has a 17-year-long career in investment banking working for companies such as Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, NAtWest and NM Rothschild & Sons.
He is still chairman of Findmypast, a company dedicated to online genealogy. He also worked for Future PLC, a global platform for specialist media and member of the FTSE250; Equiniti Group, a provider of share registration, pension administration and other technology enabled business outsourcing; and Seedrs, a digital fund-raising platform for early-stage businesses.
In an official press release, CEO of Paysafe Philip McHugh spoke about Brooker’s incorporation to the board.
“Mark brings a wealth of highly applicable and complementary experience to further strengthen our board that we believe will be invaluable as we continue our growth as a newly public company and specialized payments leader”, he said. “We’re particularly excited to benefit from Mark’s unique input and perspectives with regards to iGaming – an industry we are intensely focused on as the U.S. market ramps up”.
Mark Brooker added that he is “thrilled to be joining the Paysafe Board at such an exciting time and I look forward to helping the company with its ambitions to both grow and innovate in specialized digital payments in iGaming as well as other industries. My goal is to continue to help Paysafe add value to shareholders and stakeholders alike”.
Brooker holds a master’s degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University in the UK.