Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Dr. Athanase Lavidas

Executive Chairman of the Board


Born in Athens, Dr. Athanase Lavidas took helm of the family business in 1976 and he is today Chairman and C.E.O. of Lavipharm Group. He is actively involved in a variety of professional organizations where he holds key positions; he is Chairman of the Greece-United States Business Council and board member of many bilateral councils, whose mission is to strengthen the business ties between Greece and the respective countries. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (E.EN.E.). Since 2000, he has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Federation of Entreprises (SEV), chargé for International Affairs. In 2011, he was awarded the Chevalier insignia in the French National Order of the Legion d’ Honneur by the French government as a recognition of his contribution to the promotion of the dialogue and cooperation between the two countries. Dr. Lavidas has also served as a Director of the Board of Ariad Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company based in Boston and listed on Nasdaq. Moreover, he is an Honorary 49er of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organisation), Intercontinental Chapter. He holds a B.Sc. in Organic Chemistry and a M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from the Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich, a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Athens and a MBA of the Institut Supérieur de Marketing et de Management in Paris (MBA).  


Minas Tanes

Vice Chairman of the Board, Non-Executive Member


Born in Athens, he studied in the Economic University. He holds a master in Management Science and Operational Research and a diploma for the Program of Executive Development from IMEDE in Switzerland. He started his career in 1966 at the British Iron and Steel Research Association. From 1970 to 1973 he worked in Esso Pappas as an executive member in Program and Research Financing. He joined Athenian Brewery as a Finance Director in 1973 and since 1976 he holds the position of CEO.


Loukia (Vana) Lavida

Non-Executive Board Member

Born in Athens, Loukia “Vana” Lavidas holds a B.A. in Economics from Deree College in Athens and an MBA from La Verne University. She is fluent in English and French. After a long experience in charity foundations and especially after serving for seven years as Secretary General of ELPIDA (Friend’s Association of Children with Cancer),  Mrs. Lavidas co-founded the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA Hellas), an Association for the care and welfare of those with neuromuscular disorders in Greece. Since its establishment in 2000, Ms. Lavidas serves as President of the Board. She is also a Trustee member of the American College (ACG) and board member of the Friends of National Art Gallery in Athens.


Christos Diamandopoulos

Independent, Non Executive Board Member


Born in Athens, Christos Diamandopoulos studied Administrative Science at the Kapodistriako University of Athens. He obtained his Master’s degree in France from the Universite de Paris, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Both degrees were supported by full scholarships. He has worked abroad scientifically and professionally. In Greece, he served as special advisor on administrative affairs to the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic. He has also worked for many years as an advisor on financial, administrative and managerial affairs in large industries and multinational companies. He has lectured for many years in the National School of Public Administration (Organisation of State and Project Management), of which he has also been one of the founders in 1985. He has also lectured at the Democritus, University of Thrace (Human Resources Administration, Organisation models and Political Economy), at the Kapodistriako University of Athens (Decision Making Systems and Human Resources Administration), and at the University of Peloponese (Strategic Planning and Economics in Master’s Degree level). Prof. Diamandopoulos is also responsible for all the research programs of the Research Institute of the University of Athens, Institute for European Integration. He has published many studies on organisation, economic methodology and history of economic thought in miscellaneous scientific journals as well as newspapers and online sources. He speaks fluently English, French and German.


Sophia Kounenaki – Efraimoglou

Independent, Non Executive Board Member

Mrs. Sophia Kounenaki-Efraimoglou is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the Hellenic World, Chairman & Managing Director of Ardittos Holdings SA – a company of the Foundation of the Hellenic World, Head of “Hellenic Cosmos” Cultural Centre and Member of the Board of Directors of Athens Exchange Group. She is Elected President of the National Chamber Network of Greek Women Entrepreneurs, as well as Elected Member of the Board of Directors of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, President of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Center of ACCI, treasurer of the BoD at ALBA Graduate Business School and Member of the General Council of SEV. In 2008, as a member of the Board of Directors of SEV, she initiated and led the developing of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Code and its promotion in Greek enterprises as well as the subsequent establishment of the Greek Corporate Governance Council in 2012, at the 15-member council of which she is currently a member. She is Vice President of the BoD of Technopolis – Acropolis SA, Vice President of the BoD of the Greek-Latin American Council, General Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Greek-Asian Business Council, member of the Non-Executive Directors’ Club and member of the Business Advisory Council of the MBA International Program of the Athens University of Economics and Business. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Maniatakeion Foundation. Mrs. Kounenaki-Efraimoglou has been President and CEO of Vivodi Telecom and President of Fortius Finance Securities S.A., companies which she both founded. Moreover, during the years 1993 – 2001 she taught courses at the Department of Accounting, Business Administration and Informatics at the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences. She holds undergraduate and postgraduate Degrees in Philosophy, Psychology, Business Administration, Finance and Computer Programming and speaks English, French and Italian. She has been awarded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Region of Attica for her outstanding entrepreneurship, as well as the Association of Smyrneans, the Navy, the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, the Filothei-Psychiko Municipality, the Unesco Club and the Tourism Awards Organization for her service to the country.


Lito Ioannidou

Independent, Non Executive Board Member


Born in Athens, she holds Bachelor of Commerce (1975) and Master of Business Administration (1978) degrees from McGill University in Canada. She worked for Citibank Greece for 22 years (1978-2000) at Senior Executive positions, alternatively as Deputy Market Manager, Country Risk Manager, Local Corporate/Corporate Finance Head and as President and Managing Director of Citi-Financial Leasing (1998-2000). She has also served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Athens (Stock) Exchange (2001-2005) as well as President of the Audit Committee and Member of the Working Committee (responsible for setting up common strategies and policies for its member Exchanges) of the European Exchange Federation (FESE). In 2006, she founded “Lito Ioannidou & Associates Ltd, Business Consultants” which specializes in consulting services for raising capital, M&A, organization and debt restructuring.


James Christopoulos

Independent, Non Executive Board Member

Mr. James Christopoulos is Senior Managing Director at CVC Capital Partners, whom he joined in 2014. CVC Capital Partners is one of the largest investment funds in the world, managing over $80 billion in capital, with a global presence. CVC has a long-standing track record and expertise investing in healthcare services and, in Greece, is the majority shareholder of Metropolitan Hospital, IASO General and Hygeia Group (Hygeia, Mitera, Leto) through its subsidiary Hellenic Healthcare SA. Prior to joining CVC, Mr. Christopoulos worked for ten years at Investcorp International, Inc., where he led investments in services companies. Previously he was in the leveraged finance team at UBS. Mr. Christopoulos holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University, NY and is fluent in Greek, English, French and German.


(The term of the above members of the Board ends on 15.6.2021.)