Board of Directors

Laurence Escalante – Founder, Executive, Chairman & CEO

Since founding VGW in 2010, Laurence has grown the business into one of Australia’s most successful technology start-ups. As a global technology company and a creator of online social games, VGW’s innovative software provides engaging and entertaining gameplay that delights millions of customers.

Laurence first had the idea for VGW while playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games like World of Warcraft with his mates and wishing they could play for the chance to win prizes. He started the business from home while working full-time and caring for his young family.

He has been an angel investor, founder and entrepreneur in the games industry for over a decade, founding a number of successful technology ventures in Australia and internationally.

Laurence has a background in investment advisory, superannuation, taxation and financial planning.

Mats Johnson – Executive Director & Chief Marketing Officer

Mats Johnson is an accomplished technology and online gaming leader with significant experience in establishing and growing online businesses globally.

Over the last 15 years, he has lead the growth of several well-known online gaming companies including as General Manager at Centrebet, Director at Coral Eurobet, Chief Executive Officer at Playsafe and Chief Marketing Officer at Expekt.

He has led large and often geographically dispersed teams and formulated and executed global expansion strategies and operational plans delivering significant and profitable growth in both new and established markets.

He has expertise in digital marketing, both acquisition and retention, and in-depth experience in successfully building and managing online brands globally.

He also has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience having been actively involved in six successful exits of online gaming companies, including the £2.18 billion sale of Coral Eurobet to Gala Group.

Lorenzo Escalante – Non-Executive Director

Lorenzo Escalante is a highly-experienced business intelligence specialist and IT professional with a focus spanning almost 20 years in big data analytics for major Australian corporations.

He has provided specialist business intelligence services to Woodside, BHP Billiton and Commonwealth Bank of Australia and has been employed by OnePath (ANZ), AAPT and Landcorp.  

He has extensive experience across multiple business intelligence platforms, in particular SAP BusinessObjects.

He is the founder of Lance East Corporation, the founding shareholder of VGW, and has guided Laurence Escalante’s knowledge of big data analytics as it applies to VGW’s gaming business.