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A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.          

George Patton

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.          

Harry S. Truman

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.          

Thomas Jefferson

Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.          

John Zenger

I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t.          

Dee Dee Myers

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.          

Reverend Theodore Hesburgh

My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back.          


I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?          

Benjamin Disraeli

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.          

Peter Drucker

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.          

Arnold Glasow

Board of Directors

Vassilis Rabbat

Vassilis Rabbat


Chairman & Managing Director, XEROX HELLAS

Vassilis Rabbat was born in 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon and lives in Athens since 1975.
He studied at the Athens University of Economics and Business.

He has been working in Xerox Hellas since 1989. He started his career as a Sales Representative, holding several managerial positions ever since. In 1994 he assumed responsibility for the Large Accounts Sales Department, in 1997 he was the Concessionaires and Indirect Channel Manager and from 2000 until 2002 he was the Commercial Director of Xerox Hellas, responsible for both Sales and Marketing activities of the company.

Since January 2003, he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Xerox Hellas S.A.

Vassilis Rabbat joined ACEO’ Board of Directors in 2012 as Treasurer and from 2016 he served as General Secretary. In March 2018 he was elected as the Chairman of ACEO’s Board of Directors.
He is also a member of the AMCHAM Leadership Committee.

Marica Labrou

Marica Labrou


Marica Labrou is the Managing Director of KAFKAS S.A. as of February 2017, Chemical Engineer and MBA holder.

She has got 28 years of experience in top managerial positions in both Greek and Multinational companies (Bosch-Siemens, HP, Microsoft, SingularLogic, Intersys), mainly in the IT sector.

She is the Vice President of ACEO BoD as of March 2018 and the Head of the ACEO Empower Women team as of March 2014. She’s also a member of GBRW (Global Board Ready Women) and WiB (Women in Business) Committee of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

In the past she has been a mentor at Endeavor Greece and a Coach for SEV’s Productivity Network.
She mentors voluntarily young people and women in business.

She’s committed to “Compassionate Entrepreneurial Leadership”.

Marios Mikaits

Marios Mikaits


General Manager, ELIN TECHNICAL

Marios Mikaits was born in 1967 in Athens, he is Mechanical Engineer graduated from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

He works at ELINOIL S.A. (Petroleum Company) since 1993 as a Technical & Procurement Director.

At 2000 he has also undertaken the responsibility of establishing and running ELIN TECHNICAL S.A. (Construction Company) and since then he is the General Manager & Chief Commercial Officer.

He is a member and has been an Executive Coordinator at the Hellenic Petroleum Marketing Companies Association (SEEPE).
He is member of the Board of Directors at the Association of Chief Executive Officers (ACEO).
He is a member at the Technical Chamber of Greece and also a Member of the Manufacturers' Experience Register.
John Kolovos

John Kolovos


Managing Director, EDENRED HELLAS

Yannis, was born in 1960 in Athens, he  is married  and has two children of, 24 and 22 years old.

His studies are in Mechanical Engineering in UK and Business Administration with Marketing major in the American College of Greece, from where he graduated on 1985.

From 1981 to 1996, he worked in various companies, in different sectors ( Tourism, Manufacturing, Shipping and Services) both in Greece and Internationally as a Sales Manager and Business Development positions.

In 1997 joined Accor Services as Commercial Manager and in 1997, he was appointed CEO.

In 2010 the Accor Services was separated from Accor and was renamed to Edenred, where he continues to this day as CEO.

He is a member in different associations (SEV, EEDE, GPMA, Athens Partnership, etc

Petros Zorapas

Petros Zorapas



Petros is the CEO of Makraion SA subsidiary of Avin Oil SA and Commercial Director of Avin Oil SA since May 2018, both companies are members of Motor Oil Group. Makraion’s main activities is the establishment and operation of company’s owned retail fuels stations. Total number of stations, all over Greece, are 120 and continuously growing. In parallel Petros holds a BoD member position as Managing Director of the Shell & MOH Aviation subsidiary in Bulgaria.
Mechanical Engineering graduated from NTUA, an MBA holder, he started his career in 1998 in the Oil-Energy industry. He embraces a wide range of experiences and knowledge gained from a number of roles of responsibilities, main milestones being his roles as Greece Operations, Technical & HSSE Manager (Shell GAS), Regional Operations & Technical Manager for Europe, Africa & America (Shell Global LPG), and CEO of Shell & MOH Aviation for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria.

Since 2010, he participated as Chair in the BoD of SAFCO and GISSCO, operational joint ventures where Shell & MOH Aviation is a shareholder, with main activity the fuel storage in airports and aircraft refuelling. He is also an active member of ACEO since 2010 and BoD member since March 2018, as of Hellenic Dutch Association and SEV.

Born in Nafplion, married with 2 children
George Katiniotis

George Katiniotis



George Katiniotis is an engineer and  C-level executive having worked during his professional career in a broad spectrum of industries.

Since January 2019, he is the CEO of SPEEDEX SA. The period 2007-2018 he worked for PwC HR Services SA (ex- Eurobank Business Services SA), holding the CEO title since January 2014. In PwC he was also the Consumer and Industrial products and Services Leader and supervisor of PwC’s Academy.

In the past George Katiniotis had also BoD, C-level and senior positions in large Greek and multinational companies,  Emporiki Bank Group, Mercedes-Benz Hellas, Inchcape Group, Asea Brown Boveri, Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company and Viohalco Group.  He had also served as a Visiting Fellow of Nottingham Business School.

He has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (ΕΜΠ) and a MSc in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick, speaks Greek, English, French and German, and has studied piano and music theory. He has also participated in various advanced training  programs from established training organizations. A keen chess player, George Katiniotis has represented Greece in international tournaments and won the first place in 1992 in the first Greek correspondence chess tournament. He is also a passionate runner and triathlete, having participated in numerous marathons and other races around the globe. He is married and has four daughters.
Akis Staikopoulos

Akis Staikopoulos


Managing Director, IFCO SYSTEMS

Akis was born in 1968 in Athens and he is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering. He is also an MBA holder, in Retail Innovation from Athens University of Economics.

Over the past 20 years, he has worked in multinationals companies such as Aluminco, Telestet,( Wind Telecoms-Logistics Director) and Carrefour group Supply Chain Executive Director in Greece and Cyprus, covering a wide range of business sectors.

From 2011,he holds the position of Managing Director of IFCO SYSTEMS HELLAS, specialized in Food Distribution Packaging and Distribution Logistics and he has under his responsibility Greece, FYROM and Cyprus.

He has been an active member in EASE for the last 6 years. He has participated in the organizational and advisory committee of the annual conferences of EASE. Furthermore, he has been an active member of various working groups such as School innovation, Students coaching, etc.

Akis is married, with 3 children and in his free time enjoys , jogging, music and trekking.
 John Anastasopoulos

John Anastasopoulos


Advisor to the ACEO Board

Born in Athens in 1946. He studied Economics and Political Sciences at Panteion University and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Cambridge University.

He started his professional career with the company “Greek Industries S.A.” and continued in the banking sector assuming several managerial positions in the National Bank of Greece and Bank of America.

In 1974 he started a long term cooperation with National Westminster Bank in Great Britain, being involved in the establishment of the Bank's operation in Greece and holding several managerial positions.

In 1991 he assumed the position of Executive President of National Westminster Group in Greece with overall responsibility for Cyprus and the Balkans.

After the withdrawal of NATWEST from Greece, he was successfully involved in the establishment and management of companies both in Greece and abroad.

From 2004 to 2007 he served as the Executive President of the Hellenic Center for Investments, responsible for foreign investments in Greece.

He is a member of the Association of Chief Executive Officers (ACEO) since 1991 and as of 2008 he is the  Advisor to the Board of the Association.

Also he is the Honorary President of AXIOTIS (Scientific non profit organization).

He has co-authored scientific studies on management and many of his articles have been published in Greek press (newspapers and magazines).

He is married and father of three children.