EXCEL ESPORTS APPOINTS TIM REICHERT AS NEW CEO
Previous CEO Wouter Sleijffers will become Strategic Advisor to the Board
Rosenbelle Ganan joins the leadership team as the new Director of Operations and Legal Affairs
The changes to the leadership team signify a new chapter in EXCEL’s growth as the team embarks on international expansion, looks to improve operational efficiency and explores new monetization opportunities
London, 5th January 2023: British competitive gaming culture brand, EXCEL ESPORTS, is pleased to announce Tim Reichert as the organisation's new CEO. Taking on all business responsibilities and driving the organisation to new heights, Reichert will focus on delivering the organisation's ambitions towards increased revenue, increased community growth and competitive success.
Former CEO, Wouter Sleijffers, will become Strategic Advisor to the Board where he will support the organisation's strategic expansion, exploring and developing opportunities for growth and monetisation. Sleijffers will continue to represent EXCEL and build on its international presence. The leadership team also welcomes Rosenbelle Ganan as the new Director of Operations & Legal Affairs, who will be leading the company's operational responsibilities across London and Germany. Ganan began her career in esports at Fnatic spending four years in various leadership roles including Finance Director and Head of Legal. She has overseen the legal affairs at EXCEL for two years and broadened her role to lead a best-in-class operations team in esports and support the expansion of EXCEL’s event spaces in London XLHQ and Berlin to become a prime destination for the industry, partners, teams and community.
Tim burst onto the esports scene in 1997 after co-founding esports organisation SK Gaming alongside his brothers, Ralf and Benjamin Reichert. He then turned to his second passion in life, football, where he became a professional footballer playing for the likes of Rot-Weiss Oberhausen. Tim utilised his knowledge and experience from esports and traditional sports to become Head of Esports at FC Schalke 04 Esports. During his time at the organisation, he developed the most successful esports roster for a traditional sports club with the League of Legends team securing playoffs and top-place finishes in 2018 and 2019 in the prestigious League of Legends European Championship.
Joining EXCEL in 2021 as Esports Director, Tim successfully drove the development and growth of the team’s rosters including the entry into new titles and was instrumental in the signing of world-class talents such as four-time back-to-back LEC winner Michael "Mikyx" Mehle. Reichert also helped increase the team's performance including EXCEL’s first-ever LEC playoffs spot. Appointed Chief Operations Officer in May 2022, he has since helped the team's rosters to become a competitive force in the European esports scene and continued to help grow the brand. As CEO, Reichert will continue to drive the organisation's competitive success and further grow the brand to become a leading organisation in the European esports scene.
Sleijffers first joined EXCEL in October 2019 from Fnatic, where as CEO he grew the organisation into a globally renowned lifestyle brand. Since joining EXCEL Sleijffers took the organisation and brand to the global top, and built a team of experienced and passionate people, surrounded by great talent, fans and partners. Under his leadership, EXCEL signed partnerships with BT, JD Sports, Just Eat, and SONY’s INZONE as well as renewed its partnership with EE for a further three years, now one of the longest-standing mainstream partnerships in esports. Last year also saw EXCEL strengthen its infrastructure with a new HQ in Central London and a training facility in Berlin for its League of Legends team.