Advisors

Jason Robins

Jason Robins is Chief Executive Officer of DraftKings. Robins co-founded DraftKings in 2012 and oversees the company’s strategy and operations, while also driving funding and partnerships.

Robins has built a reputation for expanding DraftKings’ reach across numerous platforms through wide-ranging, forward-thinking partnerships. Under his leadership, DraftKings became the first DFS company to sign a league partnership, with Major League Baseball in 2013. Jason has lead efforts at DraftKings to work with policy makers and regulators to pass smart legislation. As of 2018, DraftKings has passed 19 bills.

Robins’ work has been recognized by the media and his peers, both nationally and in Boston. Recognition includes: Fortune’s 2015 “40 Under 40” list of the most influential people in business, appearing on that issue’s cover, Sports Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: Game Changers,” and “40 Under 40,” among others.

Robins attended Duke University, where he received his degree in Economics and Computer Science. He resides with his wife and sons in the Boston area.

Nigel Lee

Nigel Lee is a payments industry veteran, investor, and advisor based in the U.K. Nigel began working with American Express in January 2012. He was responsible for strategy, management and growth of new and emerging payment activities for Asia, (including China, India and Japan), plus Latin America. This comprised the development, expansion and operation of payment methods such as pre-paid cards, travel card products, mobile payments, online e-Gift and virtual cards across both consumer and B2B channels. Before joining American Express, Nigel was EVP at MoneyGram, the global remittance company. Prior to MoneyGram, Nigel held the position of President, First Data Asia Pacific.

Nigel works with several startups in the digital space. Currently he is a Board Member of an ASX listed startup Activistic Limited, Advisor to the Board of TAPPP (a Swisclear Global Inc.) and also served on the Board of YuuZoo Corporation. Nigel has a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College in London, an MBA with Distinction from Manchester Business School and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.

Lance Johnson

Lance G. Johnson is an executive, advisor, and investor based in New York and San Francisco. Most recently, he was Head of Corporate Development and represented MIH Naspers (Tencent, mail.ru) in Silicon Valley where he focused on group M&A activities and building portfolio-company relationships in the United States. Prior to joining MIH, Lance was Global Head of Sales & Marketing for the combined Nokia Interactive Advertising/Navteq Media Solutions in New York City, where he was responsible for driving mobile advertising growth in the USA, Latam, Europe and Asia. Lance has also been a business consultant to Viacom and Amdocs, and continues to be an angel investor and adviser to start-ups in Europe and the United States.

Lance started his career at Yahoo, where he held a variety of senior roles in sales, business development and operations in Munich and London. He holds an honors degree in economics and was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany in economics.

 

Rick Sirvaitis

Rick, a 43-year media veteran has run his own media and marketing consultancy, RS Media Marketing LLC for the past ten years. He has been a consultant to such clients as the NFL Network, Gemstar/TV Guide, and Google TV Ads among others and was a partner and operated as President of StoreBoard Media — a new out of home media company which was sold in 2014 to Advantage Sales and Marketing. He previously was President and COO of Phase2Media, President of ad sales for Fox Family group of networks and ran ad sales groups for Turner Broadcasting for ten years.

He was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising in 1971 and received his Master of Arts degree of Advertising in 1976 from Michigan State University. In 1985 he earned a law degree at Detroit College of Law and was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1986. Rick resides in Greenwich, CT.