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Directors and Executive Officers

Directors

  • George Economou
    Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer and Class A Director
    • George Economou has over 30 years of experience in the maritime industry and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. since 2010. He has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DryShips Inc. since January 2005. He successfully took DryShips public in February 2005, on NASDAQ under the trading symbol "DRYS". Mr. Economou has overseen the growth of DryShips into one of the largest US-listed dry bulk companies in fleet size and revenue and one of the largest Panamax owners in the world. Mr. Economou has also served as a director of Danaos Corporation. Mr. Economou is a member of ABS Council, Intertanko Hellenic Shipping Forum, and Lloyds Register Hellenic Advisory Committee. Mr. Economou is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Master of Science in Shipping and Shipbuilding Management.

  • Michael Pearson
    Class A Director
    • Mr. Michael Pearson was appointed to the Board of the Company as of February 3, 2017. Mr Pearson is based in the Cayman Islands. He is a chartered accountant and insolvency practitioner by background having commenced his career at Arthur Andersen. He moved to the Cayman Islands in 2008 from where he currently acts as an independent director to a number of listed and private entities and investment funds undertaking financial and operational turnarounds and wind downs. The Company’s board of directors has determined that Mr. Pearson is considered to be an independent director, under the NASDAQ rules. 

  • Vassilis Karamitsanis
    Class B Director
    • Vassilis Karamitsanis was appointed to our board of directors on December 3, 2015. 

      Vassilis Karamitsanis is an attorney-at-Law and the head of BKK Karamitsanis Law Office. From 2009 to 2015 has been member of Board of Directors of Dryships Inc. From 2012 to 2014 he has been Counsel to the Greek Minister for Development. From 2007 to 2009, Karamitsanis was the head of the legal department at Karouzos Construction & Development Group. 

      Karamitsanis has also previously served as a legal advisor to Dimand Real Estate Development and LPSA Consultants S.A. and has served as a special advisor to the Hellenic Ministry of Health & Welfare. He is a member of the Athens Bar Association and practices real estate, corporate, domestic and international contracting, telecommunications, and energy law. 

      Karamitsanis graduated from Athens College Lyceum and received his law degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He also holds a postgraduate degree in Economic Analysis of Law from Erasmus University of Rotterdam and a postgraduate degree in Economic Analysis of Institutions from University Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en-Provence.


  • John Liveris
    Class B Director
    • Mr. John Liveris has served as a director of the Company since February 2014. He is an international consultant in the energy and technology industries. During the years 2007 to 2011, Professor Liveris served as Chairman of the Board of OceanFreight Inc., which was a shipping company listed on the NASDAQ. Prior to his current activities and until 1999, Professor Liveris was the Group Senior Advisor at Intracom, the leading Greek telecommunications and electronics manufacturer. Professor Liveris studied mechanical engineering at Tufts University in Boston, Mass. and completed his graduate and doctoral studies in engineering management at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. There he taught from 1979 to 1996, attaining Professorial rank.

  • Chrysoula Kandylidis
    Class C Director
    • Mrs. Chrysoula Kandylidis was appointed to our board of directors on December 3, 2015. 

      Mrs. Kandylidis has served in the board of Directors of Dryships Inc. from 2008 until 2015. Mrs. Kandylidis has also served as an advisor to the Minister of Transport and Communications in Greece for matters concerning people with special abilities from 2004 until 2007 on a voluntary basis. 

      Mrs. Kandylidis graduated from Pierce College in Athens, Greece and from the Institut Francais d' Athenes. She also holds a degree in Economics from the University of Geneva. Mrs. Kandylidis is the sister of George Economou, our Chief Executive Officer.

  • George Kokkodis
    Class C Director
    • Since 2009, Mr. Kokkodis has been an Independent Business Introducer and Independent Client Advisor of financial investments at BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA, where he was a Senior Private Banker from 2003 to 2009 and the Head of the Greek Private Banking Desk from 1999 to 2003. From 1996 to 1998,  Mr. Kokkodis was Vice President of Private Banking at Merrill Lynch Bank Suisse S.A. and, prior to that, was Vice President of Private Banking at Bankers Trust International PLC from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Kokkodis holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology and a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow. Mr. Kokkodis is a member of the board of directors of MIG Real Estate R.E.I.C.

Executive Officers

  • George Economou
    Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer and Class A Director
    • George Economou has over 30 years of experience in the maritime industry and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. since 2010. He has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DryShips Inc. since January 2005. He successfully took DryShips public in February 2005, on NASDAQ under the trading symbol "DRYS". Mr. Economou has overseen the growth of DryShips into one of the largest US-listed dry bulk companies in fleet size and revenue and one of the largest Panamax owners in the world. Mr. Economou has also served as a director of Danaos Corporation. Mr. Economou is a member of ABS Council, Intertanko Hellenic Shipping Forum, and Lloyds Register Hellenic Advisory Committee. Mr. Economou is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Master of Science in Shipping and Shipbuilding Management.

  • Anthony Kandylidis
    President and Chief Financial Officer
    • Anthony Kandylidis has served as our President and Chief Financial Officer since December 2016 and was previously our Executive Vice President since June 2012. In September of 2006, Mr. Kandylidis founded OceanFreight Inc. and he took OceanFreight Inc. public in April of 2007. In 2011 OceanFreight Inc. was absorbed by DryShips through a merger. Mr. Kandylidis also serves as President and CFO of DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), a diversified owner of ocean group cargo vessels and is a director of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). Mr. Kandylidis graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and continued his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he graduated with a Master’s degree of Science in Ocean Systems Management. Mr. Kandylidis is the nephew of Mr. George Economou, Chairman and CEO.

  • Dimitris Koukoulas
    Executive Vice President
    • Mr. Dimitris Koukoulas has been appointed as Executive Vice President of the Company as of December 16, 2016. Prior to joining Ocean Rig, Mr. Koukoulas served in various positions with ship management entities controlled by Mr. George Economou since 2005, prior to which he was the Technical Manager of Oceanbulk Maritime SA.Mr. Koukoulas has over 30 years of experience in the shipping industry and shipbuilding projects out of which 25 years in managerial positions in the technical management field of bulk carriers, general cargo ships, containers, multi-purpose ships and offshore support vessels, including six years of experience in the marine repairs field in Houston, USA.Mr. Koukoulas holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo, Ohio. He is a member of the ASME and the Hellenic Technical Committees of Bureau Veritas, Class NK, CCS, DNV GL, KRS and Lloyd’s Register.

  • Iraklis Sbarounis
    Vice President Business Development
    • Mr. Iraklis Sbarounis has been appointed as Vice President Business Development of the Company as of December 16, 2016 and Secretary of the Company as of February 3, 2017. Prior to that he held the position of Business Development Director. Prior to joining Ocean Rig, he held various positions with shipping entities controlled by Mr. George Economou, dealing with commercial, investment, and corporate finance matters, on the shipping and offshore sectors. He started his career in investment banking with BNP Paribas. Mr Sbarounis holds a B.S. degree in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a M.Sc. degree in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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