Penelope Judd is a non-executive Director, chairman of the Company and of the Regulatory & Risk Committee. Ms. Judd is a chartered accountant with over 30 years of experience in Compliance, Regulation, Corporate Finance and Audit.
Ms. Judd was until June 2016 Managing Director and EMEA Head of Compliance at Nomura International Plc, a position she held for three years. Prior to this Ms. Judd worked at UBS Investment Bank for nine years and held the position of Managing Director, EMEA Head of Compliance. Ms. Judd began her professional career at KPMG where she qualified as a chartered accountant. She left KPMG to join the UK Listing Authority, where she managed the Equity Markets Division responsible for admission of companies to the Official List and AIM and regulation of listed companies. In 2000, Ms. Judd joined the Corporate Finance team at Cazenove & Co focusing on bringing companies to the main market as well as advising on M&A and capital raisings.
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 17 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 18 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 is a non-executive Director and chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee. Mr. King has over 19 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.
Steve Baldwin is a non-executive Director. Mr. Baldwin has an extensive corporate finance background and most recently held the position of Head of European Equity Capital Markets and Corporate Broking at Macquarie Capital until February 2015 when he decided to pursue a non-executive career. Prior to this Mr. Baldwin was a Director at JPMorgan Cazenove for ten years and was a Vice President of Corporate Finance at UBS from 1995 to 1998. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand.
Mr. Baldwin is currently a non-executive director of Elegant Hotels Group plc.
Mr. Gal Haber is Managing Director and an Executive Director of Plus500 Ltd. Mr. Gal Haber has nearly 16 years’ experience in software programming and business development. One of the Company’s founders, he currently holds the position of Managing Director of the Company, having previously held the position of Chief Executive Office. He led the design of the user-friendly trading platform, which represents one of the key competitive advantages for the business.
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.
Mr. Asaf Elimelech is the Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director of Plus500 Ltd. He previously served as the CEO of Plus500AU Pty Ltd. and has worked for the Group for the last three years. In his previous role as the Company’s Chief Subsidiaries Officer, he was 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. Mr. Elimelech was appointed to the Board in February 2016.
Prior to joining Plus500, he was a supervisor at PwC Israel from 2008 to 2012, specialising in biotech and 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 is the Chief Financial Officer of the Group. Mr. Even-Chen’s responsibilities cover a broad range of finance, business and strategic 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.