Panagiotis (Takis) Athanasopoulos, Independent, Non-executive member
Mr. Panagiotis (Takis) Athanasopoulos holds a BSc in Production Management from the Institute of Technology Illinois and post-graduate degrees (MD, PhD) in Business Administration and has a considerable expertise both professionally and academically in the field of Business Administration and Financing. Apart from his academic involvement in USA universities he has served as a Professor (1981) and a Dean (1987-1990) at the University of Piraeus, in which he is Professor Emeritus (1999). In the professional area he served as President and CEO of the company Toyota Hellas, having participated as a co-founder (1989-2000). He served as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer in Toyota Europe and as Managing Officer in Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan, 2004-2006). In 2007 he was awarded with the medal of the Rising Sun, Golden and Silver Star of the Emperor of Japan. Moreover, he served as President and CEO in the Public Power Corporation (2007-2009) while holding high positions in other enterprises. Presently, he is President of IOVE, President of the Board of Directors of AGET Heracles (member of the LafargeHolcim Group), member of the Board of Directors of Union Motors Ltd-Israel, member of the Board of Directors of Transparency International-Greece and Vice President of Neptune Lines Shipping and Managing Enterprises.