ALPHA - Key Persons


Artemios Ch

Job Titles:
  • DEPUTY CEO
  • EXECUTIVE

Carolyn G. Dittmeier

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the NON - EXECUTIVE INDEPENDENT
She was born in 1956. She holds a BSc in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a statutory auditor, a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor and a certified risk management assurance professional focusing on the audit and risk management sectors. She commenced her career at the auditing and consulting firm KPMG and subsequently assumed managerial responsibilities in the Montedison Group as Financial Controller and later as Head of Internal Audit. Subsequently, she took on the role of Chief Internal Audit Executive of the Poste Italiane Group. She has carried out various professional and academic activities focusing on risk and control governance and has written two books. She was Vice Chair and Director of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Chair of the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA) and Chair of the Italian Association of Internal Auditors. Furthermore, she served as Independent Director and Chair of the Risk and Control Committee of Autogrill SpA as well as of Italmobiliare SpA. She is currently President of the Statutory Audit Committee of Assicurazioni Generali SpA and a member of the Boards and/or the Audit Committees of some non-financial privately held companies. She has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bank since January 2017.

CLAIRE CONNOR - Secretary

Job Titles:
  • Company Secretary

Constantinos R. Dorkofikis

He was born in Athens in 1965. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, as well as an MSc in Shipping Finance from City University, London. He joined Alpha Bank in 1999. He was Corporate Banking Manager from 2007 until June 2013, when he was appointed Executive General Manager of the Bank.

Damianos I. Charalampidis

He was born in Athens in 1964. He holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from John Moores University in Liverpool as well as an MSc in Digital Electronics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). He joined Alpha Bank in November 2016 as Executive General Manager. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Telecommunications and particularly in the area of Commercial Operations, serving as a c-level Executive at all 3 mobile operators in Greece. More specifically, from 1998 to 2005 he worked at Cosmote as a Product and Services Manager and then he assumed the General Management of the sector. From 2005 to 2009 he joined WIND Hellas as Chief Commercial Officer, while later he assumed the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer. From 2009 to 2012 he was Chief Operating Officer at Vodafone Hellas. In 2012 he was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer at National Bank of Greece and a Member of the Executive Committee of the bank. Throughout his career, Mr. Charalampidis has served as a BoD member in various companies such as: OTENET (ISP Provider), TELLAS S.A. (Fixed Line Operator), ZELITRON (IoT Internet of Things), Ethnodata (IT service provider), CosmoONE (B2B e-Auction service provider). He is also a member of IET (Institute of Electrical and Technical Engineers) UK and has served as a Chairman of its Greek section for several years.

Demetrios P. Mantzounis

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the NON - EXECUTIVE
He was born in Athens in 1947. He studied Political Sciences at the University of Aix-Marseille. He joined the Bank in 1973. In 2002 he was appointed General Manager and from 2005 to 2018 he served as Managing Director. Based on the annual international survey conducted by Extel, he was voted among the 20 best CEOs of European banks at a Pan-European level in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Moreover, based on the same survey, he was voted Best CEO in Greece in 2014 and in 2016 and Second Best CEO in Greece in 2018. He has been a Μember of the Board of Directors of the Bank since 1995.

Efstathios A. Kakogiannis

He was born in Athens in 1949. He holds a BA in Physics and an MSc in Information Technology. He joined the Bank in 1977. In 2003 he was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO). From 2003 to 2005 he was Chief Executive Officer of "Delta Singular A.E." and from 2005 to 2007 Chief Executive Officer of "Alpha Insurance Company A.E.". In 2009 he was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Alpha Bank Group. On 1.7.2013 he was appointed Executive General Manager of the Bank. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of "ASTAKOS NAVAL INDUSTRIAL AREA (NAVIPE)" and Chairman of "Alpha Supporting Services S.A.".

Efthimios O. Vidalis

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the NON - EXECUTIVE
He was born in 1954. He holds a BA in Government from Harvard University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He held several leadership positions for almost 20 years at Owens Corning, where he served as President of the Global Composites and Insulation Business Units. He joined S&B Industrial Minerals S.A. in 1998 as Chief Operating Officer (1998-2001), became the first non-family Chief Executive Officer (2001-2011) and served on the Board of Directors for 15 years. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Future Pipe Industries (Dubai, U.A.E.) from 2008 to 2019, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greek Mining Enterprises Association (2005-2009) and member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) from 2006 to 2016, where he served as Vice Chairman (2010-2014) and as Secretary General (2014-2016). Furthermore, he is the founder of the SEV Business Council for Sustainable Development and was the Chairman thereof from 2008 to 2016. He is a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of TITAN CEMENT COMPANY S.A. and Fairfield-Maxwell Ltd (U.S.A.). He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bank since May 2014.

George C. Aronis

Job Titles:
  • DEPUTY CEO
  • EXECUTIVE
He was born in Athens in 1957. He studied Finance and holds an MBA from the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration. He has worked in ABN AMRO BANK both in Greece and abroad and he served for five years as General Manager Consumer Banking. In 1999 he joined the National Bank of Greece Group and served in managerial positions and in 2002 he was appointed General Manager Retail Banking. He joined Alpha Bank in 2004, as Retail Banking Manager. In 2006 he was appointed Executive General Manager, in 2008 General Manager and in March 2017 Deputy CEO. He currently supervises the Retail and Wholesale Banking Business Units. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors since 2011.

Georgios P. Triantafyllides

Job Titles:
  • SECRETARY

Georgios V. Michalopoulos

He was born in Athens in 1973. He studied Mathematics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a MBA in Business Administration and Finance from City University Business School. He joined Alpha Bank in 1994 and worked in the Treasury functions in Athens and London. He has served as Group Treasurer and Manager of the Planning and Trading Division and the Financial Markets Division. On 4.5.2016 he was appointed Executive General Manager of the Bank.

GRAHAM STEWART BALLANTYNE

Job Titles:
  • BANKER
  • Director

Ioannis M. Emiris

He was born in Athens in 1963. He studied Economics and Business Administration at the Athens University of Economics and Business (former Athens School of Economics and Business) and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, as well as a US Certified Public Accounting degree. He started his career as a certified public accountant in PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. From 1991 to 2012 he worked for the Alpha Bank Group, initially as an Investment Banker in Alpha Finance and from 2004 as Head of the Investment Banking and Project Finance Division of Alpha Bank. From 2012 to 2014, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF). On 5.11.2014, he was appointed Executive General Manager of the Bank.

Isidoros S. Passas

He was born in Thessaloniki in 1967. He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, an MBA from at the City University Business School and has attended the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at INSEAD. He started his career in Procter & Gamble and held Director Positions in Marketing and Sales functions of multinational consumer goods companies. In 2000, he started his banking career in Eurobank. He had been Deputy General Manager of Retail Banking Network for several years. In 2013, he worked as a Senior Advisor to the CEO for retail marketing distribution in Hellenic Petroleum. He joined Alpha Bank in 2014. He held the positions of Manager of Deposit and Investment Products and Greek Branch Network Division. He is Vice President at the Board of Directors of AlphaLife Insurance Company S.A. and holds the position of Counselor at the Board of Directors of Alpha Finance. On 4.1.2016, he was appointed Executive General Manager of the Bank.

Jan A. Vanhevel

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the NON - EXECUTIVE INDEPENDENT
He was born in 1948. He studied Law at the University of Leuven (1971), Financial Management at Vlekho (Flemish School of Higher Education in Economics), Brussels (1978) and Advanced Management at INSEAD (The Business School for the World), Fontainebleau. He joined Kredietbank in 1971, which became KBC Bank and Insurance Holding Company in 1998. He acquired a Senior Management position in 1991 and joined the Executive Committee in 1996. In 2003 he was in charge of the non-Central European branches and subsidiaries, while in 2005 he became responsible for the KBC subsidiaries in Central Europe and Russia. In 2009 he was appointed CEO and implemented the Restructuring Plan of the group until 2012, when he retired. From 2008 to 2011 he was President of the Fédération belge du secteur financier (Belgian Financial Sector Federation) and a member of the Verbond van Belgische Ondernemingen (Federation of Enterprises in Belgium), while he has been the Secretary General of the Institut International d'Études Bancaires (International Institute of Banking Studies) since May 2013. He was also a member of the Liikanen Group on reforming the structure of the EU banking sector. Currently, he is a Board member of two private industrial multinational companies and of a private equity company. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bank since April 2016.

Jean L. Cheval

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the NON - EXECUTIVE INDEPENDENT
He was born in Vannes, France in 1949. He studied Engineering at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, while he holds a DES (Diplôme d'Études Spécialisées) in Economics (1974) from the University of Paris I. After starting his career at BIPE (Bureau d'Information et de Prévisions Économiques), he served in the French public sector (1978-1983) and then worked at BANQUE INDOSUEZ-CRÉDIT AGRICOLE INDOSUEZ (1983-2001), wherein he held various senior management positions. He served as CEO and then as Chairman of the Banque Audi France (2002-2005), while he was Head of France at the Bank of Scotland (2005-2009). As of 2009 he has been working at Natixis in various senior management positions. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of HIME-SAUR, France and of EFG-Hermès, Egypt. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bank since June 2018.

Lazaros A. Papagaryfallou

He was born in Athens in 1971. He studied Business Administration at the Athens University of Economics and Business and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Wales, Cardiff Business School. He started his career in Citibank and ABN AMRO and he joined Alpha Bank in 1998, having served as Manager of the Corporate Development, International Network and Strategic Planning Divisions. On 1.7.2013 he was appointed Executive General Manager of the Bank and has contributed to the implementation of the Group's Restructuring Plan, the capital strengthening of the Bank, the design and closing of mergers, acquisitions and portfolio transactions. On 2.1.2019 he was appointed as General Manager and CFO for the Group. During his career he served as Chairman and member in the Board of Directors of various group companies, in Greece and abroad, in banking, insurance, financial services, industry and real estate sectors.

Nicholas R. Chryssanthopoulos

He was born in Athens in 1975. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. He has worked in the Alpha Bank Group since 2000 in the areas of Investment Banking, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning, and has also served as Advisor to the Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance on banking matters. From 2016 to 2019, he served as a Senior Manager in Alpha Bank's Strategic Planning Unit, in charge of Group M&A and business planning. On 14.1.2019 he was appointed Executive General Manager of the Bank.

Nikolaos V. Salakas

Nikos Salakas, 46, has studied Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a postgraduate degree (LL.M. in International Business Law) from the University College London. He is joining the Bank after having worked for Koutalidis Law Firm, where he was leading the Banking and Finance Department as of 2010. He has more than 20 years of experience in domestic and international Banking, Financing, Restructuring and Securities transactions and he is ranked amongst the leading Greek lawyers by the IFLR, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. He has supported Alpha Bank in regulatory, M&A, strategic and finance transactions since 1999. On 1.3.2019 he was appointed as General Manager - Chief Legal and Governance Officer of the Bank.

Penelope E. Konidari

She was born in Cephallonia in 1958. She joined the Bank's Human Resources sector in 1978. In 2005 she was appointed Human Resources Manager and in 2010 Group Human Resources Manager. On 1.7.2013 she was appointed Executive General Manager of Human Resources and Training of the Bank.

Richard R. Gildea

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the NON - EXECUTIVE INDEPENDENT
He was born in 1952. He holds a BA in History from the University of Massachusetts (1974) and an MA in International Economics, European Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (1984). He served in JP Morgan Chase from 1986 to 2015, wherein he held various senior management positions throughout his career. He was Emerging Markets Regional Manager for the Central and Eastern Europe Corporate Finance Group, London (1993-1997) and Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Restructuring, London (1997-2003), as well as Senior Credit Officer in EMEA Emerging Markets, London (2003-2007). From 2007 to 2015 he was Senior Credit Officer for JP Morgan's Investment Bank Corporate Credit in EMEA Developed Markets, London and was appointed Senior Risk Representative to senior committees within the Investment Bank. He is currently a member of the Board of Advisors at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington D.C., where he chairs the Finance Committee as well as a member of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), London and of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bank since July 2016.

Sergiu Oprescu

Sergiu Oprescu, 55, holds a MEng Graduate degree with concentration in Avionics from the Aeronautical Faculty, Politehnica University of Bucharest. He acquired a postgraduate degree in Banking from the University of Colorado and followed multiple executive programme studies at Harvard Business School, Stanford and London Business School. He joined Alpha Bank Romania in 1994 and held several senior positions before he was appointed Executive President in 2007. He served as Chairman of the Bucharest Stock Exchange from 2000 to 2006 and is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Romanian Association of Banks.On 11.2.2019 he was also appointed as General Manager of International Network of the Bank.

Shahzad A. Shahbaz

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the NON - EXECUTIVE INDEPENDENT
He was born in 1960. He holds a BA in Economics from Oberlin College, Ohio, U.S.A. He has worked at various banks and investments firms, since 1981, including the Bank of America (1981-2006), from which he left as Regional Head (Corporate and Investment Banking, Continental Europe, Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa). He served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NBD Investment Bank/Emirates NBD Investment Bank (2006-2008) and of QInvest (2008-2012). He is currently the Group CIO of Al Mirqab Holding Co. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bank since May 2014.

Spiros A. Andronikakis

He was born in Athens in 1960. He holds a BA in Economics and Statistics from the Athens University of Economics and Business, and an MBA in Financial Management and Banking from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. He has worked in the Corporate Banking Units of Greek and multinational banks since 1985. He joined Alpha Bank in 1998. He was Corporate Banking Manager from 2004 to 2007. In 2007 he was appointed Chief Credit Officer and in 2012 General Manager and Chief Risk Officer.

Spyros N. Filaretos - COO

Job Titles:
  • COO
  • DEPUTY CEO
  • EXECUTIVE
He was born in Athens in 1958. He studied Economics at the University of Manchester and at the University of Sussex. He joined the Bank in 1985. He was appointed Executive General Manager in 1997 and General Manager in 2005. In October 2009 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) and in March 2017 Deputy CEO - Chief Operating Officer. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bank since 2005.

Theodoros I. Athanassopoulos

He was born in Patra in 1978. He holds a Bachelor Degree and an MSc in Banking and Financial Management from the University of Piraeus. He started his career in Alpha Bank in 2000 and worked in the Credit, Corporate Banking and Non-Performing Loans Divisions. In 2011 he was appointed Non-Performing Loans -Wholesale Manager and on 5.11.2014 Executive General Manager of the Bank.

Vasileios T. Rapanos

Job Titles:
  • EXECUTIVE
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Chairman ( Non - Executive Member )
He was born in Kos in 1947. He is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Athens and has been an Ordinary Member of the Academy of Athens since 2016. He studied Business Administration at the Athens School of Economics and Business (1975) and holds a Master's in Economics from Lakehead University, Canada (1977) and a PhD from Queen's University, Canada. He was Deputy Governor and Governor of the Mortgage Bank (1995-1998), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (1998-2000), Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors at the Ministry of Economy and Finance (2000-2004), and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Greece and the Hellenic Bank Association (2009-2012). He has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank since May 2014.

Vassilios E. Psaltis - CEO

Job Titles:
  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
  • EXECUTIVE
He was born in Athens in 1968 and holds a PhD and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He has worked as Deputy (acting) Chief Financial Officer at Emporiki Bank and at ABN AMRO Bank's Financial Institutions Group in London. He joined Alpha Bank in 2007. In 2010 he was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and in 2012 he was appointed General Manager. Through these posts, he spearheaded capital raisings of several billions from foreign institutional shareholders, diversifying the Bank's shareholder base, as well as significant mergers and acquisitions that contributed to the consolidation of the Greek banking market, reinforcing the position of the Bank. He was voted seventh best CFO among European banks (2014 and 2018) by institutional investors and analysts in the Extel international survey. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bank since November 2018 and Chief Executive Officer since January 2019.

WILLIAM LINDSAY MACKAY

Job Titles:
  • BANKER
  • Director

Xenofon D. Avlonitis

Xenofon Avlonitis was born in 1969. He served as Vice Chairman of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission between 2009 and 2019, for the maximum of two tenures. He was an Alternate Member representing the Commission to the ESMA Board of Supervisors. He presided over a series of committees on the subject of the implementation of EU Directives into the Greek legislation. Before 2009, he had been working in the Commission for 12 years, having served as Director in the Department of Public Offerings & Supervision of Listed Companies from 2003 to 2009. For the first six years of his career, he worked in the Greek private sector. He served as a Board Member at the Hellenic Accounting and Auditing Standards Oversight Board and has been a member of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council since 2011. He studied Economics in the University of Piraeus and holds an MSc in Business Finance from Brunel University. He has been the first Greek professional accepted in the Yale World Fellows Program.

Yannis S. Costopoulos

Job Titles:
  • HONORARY CHAIRMAN
  • Member of the Audit Committee
He was born in Athens in 1938. He holds a BSc in Naval Architecture from King's College, University of Durham, England. He joined the Commercial Credit Bank (as Alpha Bank was then called) in 1963. He served as Managing Director and General Manager of the Bank from 1973 and was Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager from 1984 to 1996. From 1996 to 2005 he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Alpha Bank. From February 2005 to May 2014 he served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank, while in June 2014 the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders conferred upon him the title of Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors.