Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AESE) (the “Company”), a global esports entertainment company, today announced that Libing (Claire) Wu has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 18, 2022. The Company’s Board of Directors (“the Board”) also announced the immediate appointment of Lyle Berman, the Company’s co-Chairman, as Interim Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Berman relinquished his position as President. Mr. Berman has served as a director of the Company since May 2017.
In addition, effective February 18, 2022, the Company also appointed Yinghua Chen, the Company’s Chief Investment Officer, as President and Secretary of the Board, as well. Yinghua Chen has served as a Director of the Company since July 2020. With the newly assumed positions, she will take on a more active role in the Company’s operational management in addition to M&A activities.
“Over the past several months, we have made substantial progress in our previously stated objective to identify opportunities to invest the cash on our balance sheet to acquire or merge with an existing business,” said Mr. Berman. “Claire has been an important part of this effort. I’d like to thank her for her service to the Company and wish her all the best in her future pursuits.”
Mr. Berman continued, “I look forward to my expanded role as Interim Chief Executive Officer and working closely with Yinghua Chen in our ongoing M&A activities to find the absolute best opportunity available to the Company to maximize value for our shareholders.”
Board of Directors
On February 18, 2022, Jerry Lewin resigned as a Class C Director of the Company. As such, the Board has appointed Yushi Guo to serve as a Class C Director on the Board effective February 18, 2022.
Mr. Yushi Guo has broad experience in management consulting, board advisory and entrepreneurship. He is the founder and CEO of PanoSoar Management Technology Co., Ltd, a company that builds technological platforms for small and medium-sized businesses. In 2011, Mr. Guo founded Beijing Panorfinity Consulting Co., Ltd., which offers management consulting, board advisory and executive search services. Prior to founding Beijing Panorfinity Consulting Co., Ltd., Mr. Guo served at a client partner at Korn Ferry International from 2009 - 2011 and Gallup Consulting from 2003 - 2009. Mr. Guo currently serves as an independent non-executive director of Ourgame International Holdings Limited. Mr. Guo holds a Master of Science in Ecology and Bachelor of Science from Beijing Forestry University, and Master of Business Administration from Emory University.
About Allied Esports Entertainment
Allied Esports Entertainment (NASDAQ: AESE) is a global esports entertainment venture dedicated to providing transformative live experiences, multiplatform content and interactive services to audiences worldwide. For more information, visit alliedesports.gg.
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