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EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

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Rui Casais, CEO

Fresh from a Master Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, Rui started in Funcom in 2004 as a Junior AI Programmer for Age of Conan. Two years later he became Lead Programmer on the project and after Age of Conan launched in 2008 he was promoted to Chief Technology Officer, establishing a technology team for the Company's DreamWorld engine.

In 2009 he moved to Montreal to start Funcom Games Canada, where he stayed until 2011 when he moved back to Oslo. Rui became CEO and Managing Director in 2015 and has since then been steering the company with his passion for games and his technology and business acumen.

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Ole Schreiner, EVP Business Operations

Ole Schreiner has over the years served in many positions in Funcom including heading the studios in North Carolina, Beijing and Montreal. From 2012 to 2015 he was Managing Director of Funcom N.V. and from 2008 to 2012 he served as COO.

Prior to joining Funcom Ole worked as Director of Customer Relations and Billing in Broadband Mobile, and before that as Business Developer in Telenor Mobile under the Marketing department as Interactive Relationship Manager. Ole has a four year economic education from BI Norwegian Business School and a one year psychology study, both following an Officer Candidate education in the Norwegian Air Force.

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Stian Drageset, CFO

Prior to joining Funcom in August 2017 Stian Drageset served as Director M&A at Telenor ASA, where he held critical roles within international expansion, M&A and digital strategy. He has 15 years of experience from financial leadership, business and strategy development, entrepreneurship and M&A, from Telenor, Herkules Capital (private equity), The Boston Consulting Group, Storebrand and founding a successful EdTech company. Stian Drageset earned his MBA from INSEAD and his Engineering Master’s degree in Computer Cybernetics from NTNU and Oxford University, also including entrepreneurship studies at Cornell University.

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Erling Ellingsen, VP of PR & Marketing

Erling Ellingsen has a background in journalism and communication. After working for many years as a journalist in both the specialist media and national mainstream media (including several years as a journalist at Norway's largest newspaper VG), he joined Funcom in 2006 as a Product Manager. Initially working with PR and marketing for Age of Conan, he moved on to became Director of Communications in 2009 working on all of Funcom's titles. In 2015 he entered his current position as VP of PR & Marketing and joined Funcom's executive management team.

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Lawrence Poe, VP of Digital Products

Lawrence Poe started his career in the games industry working on EverQuest in 1999 during the early days of the Online gaming phenomenon. After several years spent at Sony Online Entertainment and other companies in Southern California he moved to Norway to Join Funcom in 2006. He has worn many hats in his time at Funcom, serving as a Designer, Design Director, Director of Publishing, Executive Producer, and his current position of Vice President of Digital Products. Most recently Lawrence has moved from Oslo to North Carolina to serve as the head of Funcom’s studio there.

MANAGEMENT BOARD

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Rui Casais, CEO

Fresh from a Master Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, Rui started in Funcom in 2004 as a Junior AI Programmer for Age of Conan. Two years later he became Lead Programmer on the project and after Age of Conan launched in 2008 he was promoted to Chief Technology Officer, establishing a technology team for the Company's DreamWorld engine.

In 2009 he moved to Montreal to start Funcom Games Canada, where he stayed until 2011 when he moved back to Oslo. Rui became CEO and Managing Director in 2015 and has since then been steering the company with his passion for games and his technology and business acumen.

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Christian Olsthoorn, Managing Director of Funcom N.V.

Christian Olsthoorn has been Managing Director of Funcom N.V. since March 2017. He served as the CFO of Funcom from November 2014 until July 2017; and has therefore acquired an in-depth knowledge of the financial situation and processes of Funcom. Christian fulfils these positions on a consultancy basis through the firm Temmes Management Services Monaco S.A.R.L., whose partner Mr. Pieter van Tol was closely involved with Funcom during 19 years through various positions such as Management Board director, Supervisory Board director, and Chief Financial Officer.

Christian Olsthoorn holds a chartered accountant degree ("diplôme d'expertise comptable") both in France and in Luxembourg. He has gained a strong experience in the financial industry after having worked as an auditor and a financial consultant at Mazars in Amsterdam, at KPMG in France, and at PwC in Monaco. In 2012, Mr. Olsthoorn actively participated in the incorporation and development of Temmes Management Services both in Monaco and in France. He has developed an expertise in the provision of accounting, tax, and treasury management services to multinational corporations in a wide range of jurisdictions and industries. His technical knowledge, dedication and availability are valued by Funcom.

SUPERVISORY BOARD

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Ole Gladhaug, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
(born in 1954, male, Norwegian citizen, 3rd-term, member between 24 April 2013 and 11 August 2015, and since 5 October 2016)

Mr. Gladhaug has held senior executive positions within the shipping, oil services, banking and asset management industries. Prior to joining the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Group, Mr. Gladhaug served 7 years as Chief Financial Officer of Smedvig ASA. Mr. Gladhaug joined the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Group in 2002 as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Group’s executive team, and is now Executive Vice President in the Group. Mr. Gladhaug has served as a non-executive director on a number of boards within banking, insurance, asset management and other industries. Mr. Gladhaug holds a business and administration degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and a political science degree from the University of Bergen. Mr. Gladhaug is a Norwegian citizen and lives in Oslo, Norway.

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Alain Tascan, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board
(born in 1967, male, Canadian citizen, 3rd-term, member since 27 June 2012)

Mr. Tascan presently works as an entrepreneur in the multimedia and gaming industry. Mr. Tascan was a co-founder of Ubisoft in Montreal and a founder of EA Montreal which he managed for seven years. He also created Ubisoft's licensing group that partners with the major Hollywood studios. Previously, Mr. Tascan also held executive positions in the media industry in France at companies such as Radio France International and Telerama. Currently, Mr. Tascan works as an entrepreneur in the multimedia and gaming industry. Mr Tascan holds a Master degree in Economics from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and a post-graduate degree in cultural management from the Institut Superieur de Management Culturel de Paris.

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Fredrik Malmberg, member of the Supervisory Board
(born in 1962, male, Swedish and American citizen, 1st-term, member since 5 October 2016)

Mr. Malmberg has a background as a successful entrepreneur in film and television, publishing, tabletop and video games industries. Mr. Malmberg pioneered trans-media thinking and migrated into the Film industry as an Executive Producer on Heavy Gear and Mutant Chronicles. Mr. Malmberg facilitated the financing and purchase of the Conan the Barbarian character and the Robert E. Howard library on behalf of Paradox Entertainment in 2002, and a second time when he purchased it for Cabinet Holdings, Inc. (US) in 2015, where he is President & CEO. He was furthermore (co-)founder and board member of Paradox Entertainment (1999-2013) and Target Games (1980-1999), both Swedish entities in the gaming industry.

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Egil Kvannli, member of the Supervisory Board
(born in 1972, male, Norwegian citizen, 1st-term, member since 5 October 2016)

Mr. Kvannli has a background as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kvannli holds a Bachelor-degree for Business and Administration, BI of the Norwegian School of Management of Stavanger, Norway and Bishops University, Quebec, Canada. From 2011 Mr. Kvannli works for Quickflange AS, a Norwegian entity and from September 2015 he fulfills the role of Chief Executive Officer. Before August 2015 Mr. Kvannli fulfilled the role of Chief Financial Officer at Quickflange AS (2011-2015), Fabricom GDF Suez (2010-2011), Sevan Marine ASA (2005-2008), all Norwegian entities. Mr. Kvannli also acted as VP Finance for REC Site Services Pte Ltd. (2008-2010), a Singapore entity. Mr. Kvannli furthermore worked for MISWACO in Norway and in Houston, United States of America (1997-2005) the last two and a half last years as Financial Director for Scandinavia. 

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Magnus Grøneng, member of the Supervisory Board
(born in 1981, male, Norwegian citizen, 3rd-term, member between 24 April 2013 and 11 August 2015, and since 5 October 2016)

Mr. Grøneng has a background as management consultant in McKinsey & Company (2006-2009) where he served clients within the oil and gas, technology and banking sectors in Europe. Prior to joining Jebsen Asset Management (subsidiary of the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Group) where he currently is serving as Investment Manager, he served as Business Development Manager in Kebony ASA, a Norwegian growth company. Mr. Grøneng holds a MSc (Sivilingeniør) degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University of Karlsruhe in Germany.