Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Trink has served as Chief Executive Officer of FaZe since September 2018 and on its board of directors since August 2018. Prior to joining FaZe, Mr. Trink served as General Manager for artist-first label Lava Records from 2001 to 2005, and General Manager and COO of Virgin Records from 2005 to 2007, President of EMI Capitol Music Group, comprised of Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Blue Note Records and Astralwerks Records, from 2007 to 2008. He has worked with renowned artists such as Katy Perry, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay and Lenny Kravitz. Following his tenure at EMI, Mr. Trink was Principal Partner from 2009 to 2010 at entertainment company Prospect Park, then started his own artist management and marketing business, Dare Mighty Entertainment, where he worked with brands such as General Motors, Harley-Davidson and Jim Beam, and artists from Kid Rock to the historic Preservation Hall Jazz Band, from 2010 to 2018. Mr. Trink earned a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from S.U.N.Y. Albany.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Katz began his career as a music attorney with the Law Offices of Katz & Katz in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2001. From 2001 through 2005 Mr. Katz moved into music management, representing prominent artists, producers and songwriters. From 2006 through 2012 he co-founded and served as CEO of record label and music publishing company Beluga Heights in partnership with Sony Music and, later, Warner Brothers Records. Mr. Katz has since served as Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, and then President of Records, Publishing and Operations of artist-centric, global music company BMG from 2012 to 2018. From 2019 through 2021, Mr Katz co-founded and served as CEO of music-tech investment fund Raised In Space Enterprises, which focuses on raising the value of music via investments in forward-thinking founders and technology. In 2022, he founded Carte Blanche, a music talent, content and technology company powered by transformative technology. Mr. Katz earned a J.D. from Loyola School of Law in Los Angeles and a B.A. from The University of Southern California.
Chief Financial Officer
Christoph Pachler currently serves as Chief Financial Officer at FaZe Clan overseeing financial management, including financial planning, accounting and reporting, strategic development, M&A and investor relations, as well as working closely with the executive team on strategies to develop new revenue opportunities and drive profitable growth. Pachler brings with him more than 25 years of financial management experience with public and private companies in the entertainment and media sector to support FaZe Clan’s next phase of growth as a public company. Pachler joined FaZe Clan in 2022 from Critical Content, an independent television studio in Los Angeles, where he served as Managing Director & CFO. He was responsible for all financial and corporate matters and oversaw the sale of Critical Content from private equity owners to SK Global Entertainment. Prior to Critical Content, Pachler was the EVP & Chief Financial Officer for Playboy Enterprises, a media and brand licensing company. During his tenure, the company underwent a major strategic repositioning towards a mainstream brand licensing business model, combined with a significant operational streamlining. He also oversaw the company going private in 2011. Prior to that, Pachler spent 13 years in various expanding roles at Sony Pictures Entertainment, a leading Hollywood studio, where he was lastly the CFO and SVP for Strategy and Operations in Sony’s international TV business.
Chief Legal Officer
Tamara Brandt has served as Chief Legal Officer and Head of Business and Legal Affairs at FaZe since March 2021. Ms. Brandt is responsible for legal and business affairs, human resources and facilities. In December 2021, Ms. Brandt was appointed to the board of directors of B. Riley Financial, Inc., which is an affiliate of BRPM and of B. Riley Securities, Inc. Prior to joining FaZe, Ms. Brandt was the Chief Legal Officer at Dreamscape Immersive, a leading location-based virtual reality company, from June 2017 to February 2021. She also served in the legal department of Computer Sciences Corporation, which later became Fortune 100 company DXC Technology, from November 2013 to June 2017; as General Counsel of ServiceMesh, Inc., an enterprise software company in the cloud management space, where she led fundraising and the sale of the company, from 2010 to 2013; as Managing Counsel at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., from 2007 to 2012; and at global law firms, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, from 2005 to 2007, and Jones Day LLP, from 2001 to 2005. Ms. Brandt brings experience in corporate securities, governance, finance, treasury, tax, executive compensation, emerging company matters and M&A transactions. Ms. Brandt earned a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and a B.A. from Bluffington University.