IZI Finance PLC appoints Inspired Board of Directors in 2022

Published On: March 14, 2022 | Categories: News & Events |
IZI Finance plc appoints Board of Directors

Unlocking Growth: IZI FINANCE PLC Announces New Board of Directors

IZI FINANCE PLC, the financial arm of IZI Group p.l.c, disclosed today the lineup of its newly appointed Board of Directors. Dr. Christian Gernert takes the helm as the Chairman, overseeing Strategy and Implementation.

Leadership at the Helm

Johann Schembri, the visionary behind the establishment of IZI Group in 2004, assumes the role of Chief Executive Officer for the leading land-based gaming group in Malta. Together with Dr. Christian Gernert, five other directors, including Franco De Gabriele and Joseph Mallia, form the core leadership team. Both officers, integral to the group’s success over the past decade, bring extensive experience to their roles.

Empowering Independence: A Stellar Board Addition

The Board further strengthens its composition with three independent non-executive directors: Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Jacqueline Camilleri, economist Dr. Stephanie Fabri, and seasoned banker Dr. Otto Karasek. Ms. Camilleri will also chair the Audit Committee, ensuring robust financial governance.

Driving Growth Locally and Internationally

Johann Schembri expresses confidence in the new Board’s ability to lead the group through its next phase of expansion. Having secured the Dragonara Casino concession and the National Lottery of Malta, the group faces increased responsibilities, met with determination and a formidable leadership team.

Meet the Non-Executive Directors

Ms. Jacqueline Camilleri: A Certified Public Accountant with a master’s in business administration, Ms. Camilleri brings a wealth of experience from serving on various high-caliber boards, including the Malta International Airport. Her expertise extends to strategic reviews and business evaluations.

Dr. Stephanie Fabri: Holding a PhD in Management and Economics, Dr. Fabri’s background includes serving as a non-Executive Director on Malta Dairy Products Limited and as a consultant on economic affairs. Her current role involves being a Board Member of the Malta Stock Exchange.

Dr. Otto Karasek: With a master’s in business administration, Dr. Karasek’s banking sector experience includes roles such as Managing Director of BAWAG Malta Bank Limited. He currently serves as a non-Executive Board Member of Merkanti Bank Ltd, contributing to its Business and Nomination and Remuneration Committee.


IZI Finance plc acts as the finance company for IZI Group plc and its subsidiaries. The Group operates some of Malta’s most established land-based gaming properties including the Dragonara Casino, the IZIBET retail network and from July 2022 the National Lottery of Malta. IZI Finance plc is a holding company whose primary objective is to raise finance for the business of IZI Group plc.

Responsible Gaming

IZI Group is committed to providing unique gaming experiences in responsible and safe environments. We emphasize responsible gaming practices and encourage patrons to visit the Responsible Gaming Foundation at Responsible Gaming Foundation for support and information. All IZI Group plc operations are licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority under the Gaming Act Chapter 583 of the laws of Malta.

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