The Members of the Board of Directors of the Company are the following:
- Panagiotis Throuvalas, Chairman - Executive Member
- Emmanouil Xanthakis, Vice Chairman - Independent Non-Executive Member
- Athanasios Papanikolaou, Chief Executive Officer
- Christophe Vivien, Executive Member
- Georgios Efstratiadis, Non-Executive Member
- Fotios Karatzenis, Non-Executive Member
- George Lassados, Independent Non Executive Member
- Stefanos Capsaskis, Independent Non-Executive Member
- Petros Katsoulas, Independent Non-Executive Member
- Efstratios Chatzigiannis, Independent Non‐Executive Member
Panagiotis Throuvalas, Chairman - Executive Member
Mr. Throuvalas studied Economics (B.A) at the University of Athens and holds a graduate degree in Economics (M.A. in Economics) from Manitoba University (Canada) having earned a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation and the Canadian university. Mr Throuvalas has been working since 1982 in the fields of Finance and Investments, having served as Chief Financial Officer of the Theoharakis Group and a board member in several companies, including among others, NIK. THEOHARAKIS S.A. (commercial company), TEODOMI AKTE (construction company; as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors), MINETTA Insurance company, METROPOLITAN Hospital, MARFIN EGNATIA Bank and several of its subsidiaries. He has participated in the design and implementation of business plans with emphasis on financial and operational implementation.
Emmanouil Xanthakis, Vice Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Member
Mr. Xanthakis studied Economics, Business Administration and Finance in Athens and Toronto. He is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Athens. Mr. Xanthakis has worked as financial consultant in the Ministry of National Economy and served on the board of directors of ETBA Bank, the then state owned industrial development bank. He has also served as Chairman of the Athens Stock Exchange, the Central Securities Depository and as President of Ernst & Young Finance in Greece.
Athanasios Papanikolaou, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Papanikolaou graduated from Varvakios School, studied Economics in the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), with a specialization in Marketing, while he holds a Masters degree in International Management from INSEAD.
He has specialized in retail trade as well as in the management of large corporates, having served as General Manager in Continent Hellas (Carrefour), based in France and in Greece for 8 years, as CEO in the Venetis Bakery for 3.5 years, while from 2001 he has served as General Manager (2001-2007) as well as CEO (2007-2011) in the EVEREST Group. As of 2011, Mr. Papanikolaou serves as CEO of Vivartia Group’s FSE business (Goody’s-Everest-Olympic Catering). Mr. Papanikolaou is the Chairman of the Greek Federation of Branded Catering Businesses as well as a member of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE). Mr. Papanikolaou remains the CEO of Vivartia Group’s FSE business. He speaks English and French, and he is married with two daughters.
Georgios Efstratiadis, Non Executive Member
Mr Efstratiadis studied Economics in the Athens University of Economics and Business and holds a Master degree in Finance and Investment from the University of Exeter ( Great Britain). His carrier started in Ergasias Bank as a financial analyst, loan department executive and finally General Manager of the subsidiary investment company GREEK PROGRESS FUND S.A. In 1998 joined Marfin Group as Head of Asset Management Division and later as CEO of Marfin Global Asset Management S.A. On 2006 he assumed the duties of CEO to Marfin Bank until 2007. In 2007 was appointed General Manager of Marfin Investment Group. As of 2010 he assumed the position of Deputy CEO of Olympic Air and from 2011 until 2016 also the position of CEO in Skyserv Handling S.A( ex OLYMPIC HANDLING S.A) with main task the financial and operational restructuring of both companies. The successful completion of the program led to the disinvestment from the 2 companies. Mr Efstratiadis is BOD member of many group companies such as DELTA, Goody’s, Singular Logic, BARBA STATHIS, Hygeia, Attika. He is also member of audit committee of Vivartia, Attika and Hygeia.
Fotios Karatzenis, Non Executive Member
Dr. Fotios Karatzenis graduated from the Law School at the University of Athens and received a Legum Magister (LL.M.) as well as a Doktor Juris (Dr. Jur.) from the University of Freiburg i. Br. (F.R. Germany). He has been a Research Fellow in the University of Freiburg i. Br. (1990 – 1993), Deputy Managing Partner in a reputable Athens Law Firm (1997 – 2002) and Head of the Legal Department of Marfin Bank and its successors (2002 – 2011). He holds since 2002 the position of the Chief Legal Advisor – Head of the Legal Department of Marfin Investment Group Holdings S.A. and he is member of various Boards and corporate bodies of the Group companies. Dr. Karatzenis has instructed seminars and has a series of publications in the area of Capital Markets, damages, unfair contract terms and private international Law.
George Lassados, Independent Non Executive Member
Mr. Lassados holds a B.Sc. from Queen Mary’s College (London) and an MBA City University (London). He started his career with Hambros Bank Limited in London in 1986 and became a member of the Board of Directors in 1993. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alpha Trust S.A. and Hambros Hellenic Mutual Funds Management S.A. (1993-1995). He joined Union Bancaire Privee as Managing Director in London in 1996 and in Zurich in 2009. He has served as Non-Executive Member of the Board of Directors of Marfin Investment Services S.A. (1998-2001), and Marfin Bank S.A. (2001-2007). He joined the Board of Directors of Marfin Investment Group S.A. in 2007. He was a member of the Investment Panel of City University (2008-2010). During 2016-2017 he joined MORA WΕΑLΤΗ MANAGEMENT AG as an Executive Vice President. He is the founder and director of LASSADOS CAPITAL AG.
Stefanos Capsaskis, Independent Non Executive Member
Dr Stefanos C. Capsaskis holds M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK). He has been working in venture capital since 1999, first at Commercial Capital S.A. (1999-2003), where he was Director – Investments, and then at 7L Capital Advisors, where he is Partner. Since 2017, he also teaches a related course at the University of Cambridge, as a Senior Associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Prior to 1999, he served as Treasury Manager and Senior Manager of the London Branch of Ergobank S.A. He has served as non-executive director of Probank S.A. (2003-2011) and since 2012 he is a member of the Board of the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (IOBE).
Petros Katsoulas, Independent Non Executive Member
Mr. Katsoulas is a graduate of the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete (1988), while he also holds an M.Sc. in Software Engineering and an MBA from Aston University, Birmingham, UK (1990 and 1993 respectively). He started his career in July 1993 working in the investment banking unit of Barclays Bank (BZW) in Athens until October 1996. From October 1996 to December 1997 he worked in the Equities Research Department of BZW in London. From 1998 he worked in the Equities Research Department of Credit Suisse in London, where from 2001 to 2008 he was member of the European telecoms Research team and from 2008 to 2010 he was responsible for Greek Equities Research. From May 2010 he was Head of Sales and Trading at NBG Securities (a subsidiary of National Bank of Greece) and in July 2011 he was appointed CEO of NBG Securities. From August 2013 he was General Manger, Group Strategy at Eurobank and Member of the Executive Board. Since September 2015 he is Partner at Private Equity firm Elikonos.
Efstratios Chatzigiannis, Independent Non Executive Member
Mr Stratos Chatzigiannis is an advisor with over 30 years of professional experience. Since 2014, he has been an advisor to Landbay, an innovative P2P fintech. He is also an advisor to several technology start-ups and medium sized businesses, sharing his expertise and insights in corporate governance structures, financial management, development strategies and growth generation. He started his career in 1979 with KPMG in London where he also qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA 1983). Until 1996, he focused in the finance and construction sectors developing expertise in project management in a transactional environment. In 1997, he was appointed Head of Capital Markets at London-based NBGI. Furthermore, he served as NBG PLC’s Chairman. He was elected as Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Hellenic Bankers Association UK for three consecutive terms. He holds a B.Sc. in Industry and Trade and an M. Sc. In Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.