Ralf Reichert is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at the world’s largest esports company, ESL. A former soccer-player for Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, he turned to esports with his brothers and friends to found then now world-renowned clan, SK-Gaming. Ralf has more than 16 years of experience in the gaming industry as an entrepreneur, founder and builder of Turtle Entertainment, the company behind ESL. And as a passionate gamer himself, he is constantly striving to put esports up there alongside traditional sports.
Sebastian Weishaar created and shaped the basis for professional esports competitions in Europe and North America in his positions as the Director of League Operations, and later Chief Tournament Director at ESL. The responsibility for ESL’s international expansion was added to Sebastian’s portfolio soon after, which he initially took on as Director of International Partners Management and then as the VP – and later Senior VP – International Business International Business. Under his leadership, ESL expanded from its origins as a German company with franchise operations in a limited number of European countries to what it is now: a global company with 14 ESL offices spread out over Asia, the Americas, Europe and Australia.
Jan Pommer joins the WESA executive board with a rich history in traditonal sports. In 2005 he joined the German Basketball Bundesliga as Commissioner. Later, in 2015 Jan became the CEO of the Deutsche Sport Marketing GmbH. He stepped into Esports by joining Turtle Entertainment in 2017 as the Vice President of Sports Affairs. Today Jan is the chief executive of German Horse-racing. With his years of experience in traditional sports, Jan brings a new perspective into the WESA executive board.
Roman Dvoryankin is the CEO of Team Virtus.Pro. The russian Esports organisation is considered to be one of the largest in the world with a long tradition, being founded in 2003. Before becoming the CEO of VP, Roman worked for Adidas from 2006-2008 after which he joined the Kontinental Hockey League as Head of Licencing. Roman spent four years with CSM Sports & Marketing and the Spartak Moscow Hockey Club before finally becoming the CEO of VP in 2016.
Erik Anderson is the Head of Esports for FaZe Clan, the largest esports organization in the world. Since 2016 he has led all esports strategy and operations for the brand, working closely with publishers, tournament organizers, and FaZe Clan’s own content creators to integrate esports into the organization’s massive community. Prior to esports he worked in the music industry as a part of the management team for US based artist, Kid Rock. Erik currently lives in Los Angeles California and is a graduate of Princeton University
Hicham Chahine is the Chief Executive Officer at the legendary esports company Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP). He has nine years of experience from the financial industry where he worked for Formuesforvaltning, the largest independent wealth management firm in Scandinavia. Hicham has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, founding and building his company, Diglife, into a global enterprise. He is also involved in social entrepreneurship and volunteerism through Prospera Network. Hicham holds a bachelor degree in Business and Economics from BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo.