WIMA’s Board of Directors is comprised of seven members, elected every three years by the Regular General Assembly.
Among their duties are the following:
– Approval of new member applications
– Ensuring that members’ services uphold the standards represented by the Association and its members
– Making decisions concerning the Association’s participation in exhibitions, conferences, seminars and other events, both locally and abroad
– Building valuable relations with government and private bodies, such as Chambers of Commerce, Embassies, Maritime Clusters, etc.
– Overseeing the smooth day-to-day running of the Association
The General Assembly of 22nd October 2014, elected the new Board of Directors as follows:
PRESIDENT: ELIAS HAJIEFREMIDIS
Mr. Elias Hajiefremidis BSc, General Manager of HAJIEFREMIDIS S.A., is a 1996 graduate of Plymouth University U.K. with a degree in Shipping Business and Law. Upon graduation Elias joined the family business, HAJIEFREMIDIS S.A., which was established in 1959 by his father, Apostolos, and remains one of the oldest and most respected Shipping Agencies in Piraeus. Starting out as Head of Operations, Elias gradually gained the required experience to reach the position of General Manager which he holds until today.
VICE PRESIDENT: ANGELOS DRAKOPOULOS
Mr. Angelos I. Drakopoulos is WIMA’s current Vice-President Chairman of the board of directors after serving two consecutive terms as President from 2008 to late 2014.
Graduate of the Law Division of Athens University, with postgraduate studies in Maritime Law at the University of London (University College),Mr. Drakopoulos actively practices law and provides legal counsel to shipping and commercial companies.
His long experience guarantees the efficient completion of the cases of his specialization.
Mr. Thanassis M. Athanassopoulos is president and managing director of UTECO S.A.
UTECO S.A. manufactures temperature probes and exclusively represents worldwide brands of measuring and automation equipment. The company has been active in the field of marine and industrial automation since 1972.
Mr. Athanassopoulos has personally been involved in the production, sales and export departments and since 2004 holds the position of General Manager.
TREASURER: ZOE CHASSOURA
Ms. Zoe Chassoura is the legal representative and director of the company “ZEA Maritime Services Inc” which was founded in early 2009, based in the Marshall Islands and with established offices in Piraeus/ Greece.
Since the early years of her professional career in 1988, she worked in a company with similar activities, where she dealt with providing services to the maritime community, in the field of spare parts supply, as well as the representation of major companies worldwide.
During her long involvement in this sector (21 years), she gained valuable experience, creating the proper background for establishing her own company.
She has successfully attended Lead Auditors Course of BVQi (October 1998) as well as the Internal Auditors course of LRQA (ISO 9001: 2008) (December 2010), and has been certified as an affiliated member of SNAME (Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers), as of August 2010.
Ms. Chassoura continuously attends seminars, focusing on the latest developments and new legislation in the shipping industry, updating her knowledge to adequately respond to the increasing demands of partners – clients of her company.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: DIMITRA GIORDAMLI
Γεννήθηκε και μεγάλωσε στην Αλεξανδρουπολη. Από νεαρή ηλικία ασχολήθηκε στην οικογενειακή επιχείρηση Prisma Electronics S.A. Έχει σπουδές στον κλάδο της Οργάνωσης και Διοίκησης των Επιχειρήσεων του Οικονομικού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών. Σήμερα, ασχολείται με τον Κλάδο LAROS (τομέας Ναυτιλίας) στην Prisma Electronics ως Corporate Affairs Associate. Είναι βασικό στέλεχος σε διεθνείς εκθέσεις και conferences της Εταιρείας. Επίσης, έχει εκλεγεί ως Έφορος Διεθνών Σχέσεων στη Διεθνή Ναυτιλιακή και Βιομηχανική Ένωση «WIMA». Γνωρίζει χειρισμό ηλεκτρονικών συστημάτων. Κατέχει την Αγγλική γλώσσα.
Έχει παρακολουθήσει εξειδικευμένα σεμινάρια όπως: «Διαδοχή στις οικογενειακές επιχειρήσεις», «Εφαρμογές του Νευρο-γλωσσικού Προγραμματισμού (NLP) στην Διοίκηση των Επιχειρήσεων και την Ανάπτυξη του Ανθρωπίνου Δυναμικού», «Οργάνωση και Διοίκηση Πωλήσεων σε Transnational Environment», κλπ.
PUBLIC RELATIONS: GIANNIS KORDATOS
Dr. Ioannis Kordatos is the General Manager of Hellenic Welding Association and of HENC (Hellenic Engineering Company). He is a Metallurgical Engineer, graduated from NTUA, with postgraduate studies in material science and welding engineering.
He has worked for several Greek and International companies in senior management positions and since 2011 he established and has been operating Hellenic Welding Association and HENC.
Both companies offer educational and training services in the field of welding and material engineering, as well as in the quality and production management. His companies are activated in the shipbuilding-ship repair businesses, as well as in the industrial sector.
DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL: SOFOKLIS KOKKINIS
Mr. Sofoklis Kokkinis studied in the Business Organization and Administration branch with post graduate studies in Engineering Business Management.
From an early age he dealt with the activities of the family business of P. Kokkinis Ltd., founded in 1979 in Piraeus, with main object the piping works on ships and factories (construction-refitting-repairing), by his father Mr. Panagiotis Kokkinis.
After graduating, he joined the company where he now holds the position of Vice President.