Hellenic Carriers Ltd. is a dry bulk shipping company, which provides marine transpiration services. It engages in fleet of dry bulk vessels transporting iron ore, coal, grain, steel products, cement, alumina, and other dry bulk cargoes worldwide. The company through its subsidiaries operates a fleet of dry bulk carrier vessels throughout the world's trade routes. Hellenic Carriers was founded by Konstantinos Diamantis 1971 and is headquartered in Piraeus, Greece.
Ms. Karamanli is Chief Executive Officer of the Company. She is responsible for strategy, vessel acquisitions, chartering and financing.
Ms. Karamanli has more than 16 years shipping experience and has been with companies associated with HCL since 1999. From 1998 to 1999, Ms. Karamanli worked on the sale and purchase desk of Galbraiths Shipbrokers in London and before that was a shipping lawyer with Norton Rose in London and Greece.
Ms. Karamanli qualified as a solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales in 1997 and is a member of the legal committee of the Association of Greek Ship-Owners. Ms. Karamanli served as an independent non-executive member of the board of directors of Piraeus Bank S.A., a company listed on the Athens Stock Exchange from 2006 until early 2012 and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Karamanlis Foundation.
Ms. Karamanli holds a law degree from the University of Athens and a Master’s Degree (LLM) from the University of Cambridge.
Elpida Kyriakopoulou, Chief Financial
Ms. Kyriakopoulou has been acting as Financial Reporting Manager of the Company since January 2008. In November 2009 Ms. Kyriakopoulou was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Prior to joining the Company Ms. Kyriakopoulou worked as Senior Auditor and then as Manager at Ernst & Young Hellas, where she signed six years audit experience in the Shipping Sector. For the period 1997 to 2001 Ms. Kyriakopoulou worked as an accountant at Goldenport Shipmanagement Ltd.
She holds a degree in Maritime Studies from the University of Piraeus, Greece and is a member of the Greek Association of Certified Accountants.
Graham Roberts, Chairman and Non-executive Director
Graham Roberts was appointed as our Chairman on Admission. Between 2002 and 2006, Mr. Roberts was chief executive and main board director of PD Ports Plc. From that position he successfully directed PD Ports flotation in 2004 on AIM and subsequent sale to Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Limited in 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Roberts held chief executive posts at London Luton Airport, MTL (Merseyside Transport Limited) and Servisair plc. Mr. Roberts was also a senior executive at NFC plc (later renamed Exel plc) for over 25 years, and was a member of its board from 1989 until he left the company in 1997. In total he has over 40 years experience in the transportation sector.
Mr. Roberts is a non-executive director of the Freight Transport Association Limited.
Charlotte Stratos, Non-executive Director
Ms. Stratos is a Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Division-Global Transportation team. From 1987 to 2007, Ms. Stratos served as managing director and head of Global Greek Shipping for Calyon Corporate and Investment Bank of the Credit Agricole Group. From 1976 to 1987, Ms. Stratos served in various roles with Bankers Trust Company including, advisor to the Shipping Department and vice president of Greek shipping finance.
In addition to serving as a Director for Hellenic Carriers Limited, Ms. Stratos also currently serves as an independent director for Costamare Inc. a containership company listed in the NY Stock Exchange and of Gyroscopic Fund (a fund of hedge funds).
Dimos Kapouniaridis, Non-executive Director
Mr. Kapouniaridis is a Senior Director and Co-Head of M&A in Eurobank EFG Equities in Athens.
Mr. Kapouniaridis obtained a BA (major in Economics and minor in Mathematics) from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, in 1996. He has approximately fifteen years of investment banking experience with focus on Mergers and Acquisitions in Greece and the USA. Prior to joining Eurobank EFG Equities in 2002, he had worked for the industrial and the M&A groups of Salomon Brothers and Salomon Smith Barney in New York and Los Angeles as well as for the M&A group of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in New York.