The people who make PKR happen...
Jez San, OBE
President and Founder, PKR
The first person to ever be awarded an OBE for services to the computer games industry, Jez San is one of the UK’s best known technology entrepreneurs.
Having founded his first company Argonaut at age 16, Jez was responsible for hit release StarGlider, one of the first 3D games to hit the nascent video games market. This passion for three dimensional graphics in videogames was and continues to be, Jez’s forte.
In the early 90’s Jez and the Argonaut team invented the world’s first 3D graphics accelerator chip, which was sold to Nintendo. Following a number of other technology projects for companies as diverse as Philips and Apple, Argonaut then invented their own microprocessor chip called the ARC. ARC International was spun out into a separate company and both ARC and Argonaut floated in 2000.
While playing poker at home with friends and online, Jez dreamed of developing a more realistic poker game that had true-to-life qualities.
As President, Jez’s day-to-day role involves negotiating strategic partnerships, working with investors, talking to the industry and building and refining our strategy while keeping a critical eye on our product to ensure that it’s the best it can be.
Chief Executive Officer
One of the most respected figures in the gaming industry, Malcolm joined PKR as Chief Executive Officer in January 2006.
Ultimately responsible for the launch of PKR, Malcolm’s role includes coordinating the process that ensures PKR secured a gaming license in a leading jurisdiction, forming the necessary partnerships with the appropriate financial institutions, hiring key employees and reporting to the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining PKR, Malcolm was the Managing Director of The Ritz Club London Online, operating an online casino and poker room under the Ritz brand. He was also a Director of the Ritz Club, the land-based casino located in the world famous Ritz hotel.
Malcolm was also Chairman of the Alderney Gaming Licensees Forum and Treasurer of the Interactive Gaming, Gambling and Betting Association (IGGBA) in 2003.
Prior to Malcolm’s role at The Ritz Club Online, he worked for one of the UK’s leading internet investment vehicles called the Antfactory. Prior to this, Malcolm was a management consultant with Mercer Management Consulting where he specialized in the telecommunications and internet industries.
Malcolm has a BA from Southampton University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Chief Operating Officer
A video games veteran, Leon co-founded PKR with Jez San.
Having worked in the video games industry for his entire professional career, Leon started out at Sony prior to the launch of the PlayStation. For the past five years Leon worked with Jez at Argonaut.
Responsible for the general day-to-day running of PKR's development team, Leon also oversees all project management and was responsible for all of the initial product design and overall direction for art and animation.
Chief Technology Officer
A first-class honours graduate from Cambridge University, Jeremy co-founded PKR with Jez San, and is responsible for overseeing all of the technical aspects of PKR, including the R&D of PKR’s proprietary software, and the implementation and operation of the IT infrastructure which supports it.
With over ten years in the video games industry, Jeremy worked as Lead Software Engineer at Bullfrog Productions before setting up and running Lost Toys, an independent development studio. Prior to joining PKR, Jeremy was Executive Producer at Kuju Entertainment.
Chief Financial Officer
Jean-Pierre Houareau joined PKR as Chief Financial Officer in June 2006. He oversees all financial matters for the company.
Before joining PKR, Jean-Pierre served as Chief Financial Officer at WagerWorks Inc, an online gaming and poker software provider that, along with PKR, is licensed by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. During his time at WagerWorks he played a key role in the company’s $90 million acquisition by International Game Technology (IGT) and the integration that followed.
Jean-Pierre has also served as Finance Director EMEA at Vanguard Managed Solutions where he also served as a company Director as well as taking responsibility for personnel and administration. Prior to his time at Vanguard, Jean-Pierre spent 18 months as VP Finance in a technology start-up with VC backing.
He has also been EMEA Finance Director at Warner Bros Consumer Products until he left in 2001.
Jean-Pierre graduated with a Master Degree in Economics with honors and became a qualified accountant in France. In 1999, he obtained the US qualification (1st time pass) and became a CPA.
Head of Client Services
With ten years experience in managing Customer Care teams, Victoria has set up from scratch and managed PKR's 24/7 , multi-lingual and multi-channel player support team since February 2006. In addition to this, she also runs a personalised support and hospitality service for VIP players, thus creating strong relations with PKR’s loyal customer base.
Prior to PKR, Victoria established and managed Crypologic's Customer Care Team, playing a key role in its relocation from London to Cyprus.
Before her online gaming career took off she headed up customer services teams for three years for Fidelity Investments, both in UK and in Germany.