UK-based esports organisation Guild Esports has appointed Nathan Pillai, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Caerus Ventures, as its Special Advisor to the Board.
According to a release, Pillai’s experience ‘across motorsport, the Middle East and transformative technologies’ aligns with the organisation’s expansion into new growth territories and industries.
Pillai’s experience matches recent developments that Guild has made in the esports space over the last 12 months, which includes raising up to £1m late last year to fuel expansion into the MENA region.
Prior to founding Caerus Ventures, Pillai led mergers and acquisitions (M&A) alongside new ventures within the sports ecosystem whilst at Endeavor-owned sports and media company IMG. At the company he notably served as the operating partner for Endeavor’s early-stage investment into racing league SailGP.
Guild’s other Special Advisor, Stephen Duval, will remain with the organisation alongside Pillai. However, the announcement also reveals that Jocelin Caldwell has stepped down from Guild’s Board with immediate effect. It was noted that the reason for her departure was to focus on ‘her other business interests’. Alongside being a Guild Board Member, Caldwell is an HR and Operations Advisor for gaming platform Paidia Gaming as well as the owner of HR company Reimagine Work.
Guild has revealed its intention to appoint another Non-Executive Director in due course.
The addition of Pillai is the third major personnel announcement Guild has made in 2024. At the start of the year, Paul Kingsley was named Chief Financial Officer, with Glynn Jones appointed Director of Agency Partnerships for Guild Studios a week later.
Jasmine Skee, CEO of Guild Esports, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Nathan as Special Advisor to the Board. Nathan brings a blend of corporate and entrepreneurial experience leveraging the scale and reach of sports and entertainment platforms.
“This marks Guild’s second high-calibre Special Advisor appointment, and Nathan’s expertise in securing global brand partnerships and reaching new growth territories positions him as an asset to Guild as we continue to expand our international presence.”