Lord Benjamin Lloyd Stormont Mancroft
Non Executive Chairman
Appointed Non-Executive Director in 2014 and Chairman in 2015, Benjamin leads BNN Technology’s Board and supports the CEO on the group’s strategic direction. He has chaired several international businesses and has been a member of the UK’s House of Lords since 1997 - elected as one of 90 hereditary peers in 1999. He is presently the Chairman of Phoenix Gaming Limited, a lottery consultancy and service provider and has been the President of the UK Lotteries Council since 2005. Benjamin has previously been Chairman of the PYX Financial Group Limited, a Hong Kong company licensed by ASIC until 2014 and was Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Fleurette Group until 2015.
China CEO and Group Chief Operating Officer
Wei Qi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Company's operations in China. Having founded NewNet in 2002, Mr Wei left to resume his earlier career at Beijing Holdings Ltd, a Hong Kong listed conglomerate controlled by the Beijing municipal government, becoming Chief Executive Officer of the Company's International Trade division, which had revenues in excess of US$1 billion.
Mr Wei joined BNN Technology in 2009 and has since worked closely with the Group CEO, Darren Mercer, building relationships throughout China across government departments and key channel partners. Mr Wei holds a Bachelor's degree in International Trade.
Darren Christian Mercer
Chief Executive Officer
Darren Mercer founded BNN Technology as its Chief Executive in 2007, as a provider of software solutions to the gaming industry, before pivoting the group’s business model, leveraging its dynamic technology platform to facilitate mobile payments, mobile content and data management. In the last decade Darren has built a considerable network of political and corporate contacts and been responsible for BNN’s expansion in Beijing and into other provinces. In addition to being responsible for business and corporate development, Darren has led the identification and negotiation of all the Group’s commercial partnerships to date.
Prior to BNN, Darren spent many years working in the investment banking sector where he achieved considerable success specialising in the media and technology sectors in both private and publicly listed companies. This period included serving as Director of Institutional Sales at Henry, Cooke Lumsden (now part of Brown Shipley) and then at Albert E Sharp (now Old Mutual).
Scott Stewart Kennedy
Chief Financial Officer
Scott Kennedy joined BNN Technology as its Chief Financial Officer in August 2016. He began his career with GE Capital, performing a range of finance functions, culminating in his role as Profitability Initiatives Leader for GE Capital Solutions. In 2009, he joined HSBC, beginning in the group’s insurance division before becoming Global Head of Business Information, Planning & Analysis for the Commercial Bank. In 2014, Scott moved to Willis Group Holdings plc as Group Head of Financial Planning & Analysis. Following the merger of Willis Group Holdings plc and Towers Watson & Co. in 2016, he assumed the role of Finance Director, Corporate Risk & Broking for Willis Towers Watson plc.
Scott graduated with a BA (Hons) in Economics from Lancaster University and has an MBA from Manchester Business School. He is also an ACMA CIMA qualified accountant.
Non Executive Director
Appointed in 2016, Dong Jinhua is founder and CEO of BNN Technology's key partner, Xinhuatong. In addition to representing our company's important relationship with China’s official Xinhua News Agency, Mr Dong brings valuable experience in establishing commercial agreements with blue-chip partners and key government departments in China.
Mr Dong owned and managed a number of businesses in China's mobile telecoms and payments sectors before becoming, in 2006, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Xinhuatong Software Development (Beijing) Company (Xinhuatong). The Company is now a subsidiary of the Xinhua News Agency group, the official Chinese Government news and media authority.
Xinhuatong is a business which has exclusive rights for utility payment processing, payment facilitation, lottery promotion and barcode payment tools to support the Xinhua News Mobile App. Xinhuatong also enjoys a number of very significant relationships with some of China’s largest organisations.
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