Board of Directors

Laurence Escalante – Founder, Chairman & CEO

Laurence Escalante is a gaming and technology entrepreneur with a background in the financial services sector.

He has been an angel investor, founder and entrepreneur in the games industry for 12 years, founding White Knight Games in 2004, and was a founder and angel investor in Anino Mobile, one of the Philippines’ premier game development studios (which was acquired by Playlab in 2014).

Since founding VGW in 2010, he has led the raising of approximately $16 million in early-stage funding, the invention of multiple innovations in real-money and virtual-currency gaming (including VGW’s Social Casino sweepstakes gaming products) and the development of VGW’s global and highly specialised development and operations teams.

Laurence has previous experience as a technical specialist in investment advisory, superannuation, taxation and financial planning gained over a period of 10 years. He studied Economics and Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University

Mats Johnson – Executive Director & Chief Marketing Officer

Mats Johnson is an accomplished technology and online gaming leader with significant experience in establishing and growing online businesses globally.

Over the last 15 years, he has lead the growth of several well-known online gaming companies including as General Manager at Centrebet, Director at Coral Eurobet, Chief Executive Officer at Playsafe and Chief Marketing Officer at Expekt.

He has led large and often geographically dispersed teams and formulated and executed global expansion strategies and operational plans delivering significant and profitable growth in both new and established markets.

He has expertise in digital marketing, both acquisition and retention, and in-depth experience in successfully building and managing online brands globally.

He also has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience having been actively involved in six successful exits of online gaming companies, including the £2.18 billion sale of Coral Eurobet to Gala Group.

Lorenzo Escalante – Non-Executive Director

Lorenzo Escalante is a highly-experienced business intelligence specialist and IT professional with a focus spanning almost 20 years in big data analytics for major Australian corporations.

He has provided specialist business intelligence services to Woodside, BHP Billiton and Commonwealth Bank of Australia and has been employed by OnePath (ANZ), AAPT and Landcorp.  

He has extensive experience across multiple business intelligence platforms, in particular SAP BusinessObjects.

He is the founder of Lance East Corporation, the founding shareholder of VGW, and has guided Laurence Escalante’s knowledge of big data analytics as it applies to VGW’s gaming business.