Co-founder Embracer Group (founder of THQ Nordic GmbH)
CEO, THQ Nordic GmbH, employed 2011
Education/background: Klemens Kreuzer has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He also has experience from business management.
Current assignments: Klemens Kreuzer has no other current assignments.
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Klemens Kreuzer holds 1.62% of the shares and 0.29% of the votes of Lars Wingefors AB which in turn holds 52,260,204 class A shares and 210,238,330. Klemens Kreuzer also holds 1,118,104 class B shares in Embracer Group AB (publ) through a wholly owned company.
Co-founder and CEO, PLAION**, employed 1994
Education/background: Klemens Kundratitz holds a Doctor of Law degree from Leopold- Franzen-University in Innsbruck and has a strong track record within the gaming and entertainment industry. He is the co-founder of PLAION** and has been the company’s Managing Director and CEO. Klemens Kundratitz is also the founder of Deep Silver, the games publishing label of PLAION**.
Current assignments: Klemens Kundratitz has no other current assignments.
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Koch Media Holding GmbH holds 2,255,856 class B shares in Embracer Group (publ). Koch Media Holding GmbH (previously Parent Company in the Koch Media Group) is partly owned by Klemens Kundratitz, co-founder and CEO of the Koch Media Group.
Co-founder and CEO, Coffee Stain, employed 2013
Education/background: Anton Westbergh studied computer science at the University of Skövde, and has extensive experience in game and business development.
Current assignments: Anton Westbergh has no other current assignments.
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Anton Westbergh holds, through companies 2,412,666 class B shares in Embracer Group AB (publ).
CEO Amplifier Game Invest AB, employed since 2018
Education/Background: Per-Arne has 16 years of experience in the games industry. As Head of The Game Incubator, he participated in and developed over 80 game companies, amongst others Coffee Stain Studios, Pieces Interactive, ACE and Flamebait Games. He has a broad experience in business development, financing, and goto-market strategies for startups and scaleups, in both Sweden and Silicon Valley, where he held a one-year Fellowship from VINNOVA at Nordic Innovation House during 2017.
Current assignments: Member of the Board, Forsway Scandinavia.
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Per-Arne Lundberg holds 33,694 class B shares in Embracer Group AB (publ).
CEO and Co-founder of Saber Interactive and Board member, elected 2020
Education/Background: Matthew has a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University and a Juris Doctor from University of Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience in game design and development, business and legal affairs and is fluent in Russian.
Current assignments: Matthew Karch has no other current assignments.
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Matthew Karch owns 57.5% of S3D Media which in turn holds 12,798,274 class A shares and 70,772,440 class B shares in Embracer Group AB (publ). Matthew Karch also holds 1,070,000 B shares directly.
Position of dependency: Dependent in relation to major shareholders, dependent in relation to the company and management.
Founder and CEO, DECA Games
Education/Background: Ken has a bachelors degree from The George Washington University. Ken is the CEO and founder of DECA games. He has spent over 14 years in the gaming industry focused on games as a service and free to play games. Ken has previously been the Executive Producer of the game Kingdoms of Camelot and the European General Manager of Kabam.
Current assignments: Ken has no other current assignments.
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Ken Go holds 11,803,182 class B shares in Embracer Group AB (publ).
Founder and CEO, Gearbox Entertainment Company
Background: Randy Pitchford is a video game industry veteran of more than 30 years and founder of the Gearbox Entertainment Company, which develops and publishes award-winning and best-selling video games through its subsidiaries, Gearbox Software and Gearbox Publishing, and produces groundbreaking film and television content.
Current assignments: Randy Pitchford has no other current assignments.
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Randy Pitchford holds 9,563,028 class B shares in Embracer Group AB (publ).
Co-founder and CEO, Easybrain, employed 2016
Education/background: Oleg Grushevich studied accounting in foreign activities at Belarusian State Economic University and holds FCCA as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Before joining the gaming industry Oleg worked in different roles and locations at EY.
Current assignments: Oleg Grushevich has no other current assignments.
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Oleg Grushevich holds, directly and through company 10,066,554 class B shares in Embracer Group AB (publ).
CEO, Asmodee Group
Education/background: SStéphane holds a Post Graduate degree in Finance & Marketing from Paris Dauphine University. He joined Asmodee in 2009 and has been Chief Executive Officer of Asmodee Group since 2012. He has over 12 years of experience in the Games Industry. Prior to his current position, he held senior leadership roles in finance & business development within corporate groups and start-ups.
Current assignments: Stéphane Carville has no other current assignments.
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Stéphane Carville has no holding of shares in Embracer Group AB (publ).
CEO, Dark Horse Media
Education/Background: Mike Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Portland State University. In 1980, he founded Pegasus Fantasy Books, which later became the Things From Another World retail chain. In 1986 he founded Dark Horse Comics, an award-winning international publishing house for which he has created numerous comics and graphic novels. Richardson is also the founder and President of Dark Horse Entertainment where he has produced many projects for film and television.
Current assignments: Mike Richardsson has no other current assignments.
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Mike Richardson holds, directly and through company 0 class B shares in Embracer Group AB (publ).
CEO, Freemode by Embracer
Education/Background: CEO Lee Guinchard was co-founder & CEO of Aionic Labs Inc an ideation technology incubator located in Silicon Valley, California. He was also Studio Head of Red Octane Design and VP of Hardware at video game publisher Activision Blizzard for 11 years. While at Activision Blizzard, he oversaw production, hardware development, manufacturing, and compliance for multibillion-dollar franchises such as Guitar Hero and Skylanders. Lee was also Founder and CEO of Joytech, a global video game accessory company, as well as Founder and Managing Director of LDA Distribution, a leading pan-European video game publisher & distributor. Both companies were acquired by Take 2 Interactive in 1999.
Current assignments: Lee Guinchard has no other current assignments.
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Lee Guinchard holds 205,580 class B shares in Embracer Group AB (publ).
CEO, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos
Education/Background: Phil holds a BSc degree in Mathematics (University of Leeds, UK) and has over 20 years’ experience in the games industry working across start-ups to multinational organisations. He became CEO of Eidos in 2008 and was CEO across Square Enix’s western business from 2009 to 2022.
Current assignments: Phil Rogers has no other current assignments
Holdings in Embracer Group*: Phil Rogers has no holding of shares in Embracer Group AB (publ).
Embracer Group is a parent company of businesses led by entrepreneurs in PC, console, mobile and board games and other related media. The Group has an extensive catalog of over 850 owned or controlled franchises.
With its head office based in Karlstad, Sweden, Embracer Group has a global presence through its twelve operative groups: THQ Nordic, Plaion, Coffee Stain, Amplifier Game Invest, Saber Interactive, DECA Games, Gearbox Entertainment, Easybrain, Asmodee, Dark Horse, Freemode and Crystal Dynamics - Eidos Montréal. The Group has 132 internal game development studios and is engaging more than 15,731 employees and contracted employees in more than 40 countries.