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Who we are

Our Leadership Team

Menelaos
Kyriakopoulos
Principal
Menelaos founded Optimal Business Action in 2005 with the vision to offer bespoke HR services to companies operating in Greece and, as of 2012, in the Middle East.

His international experience includes working in the USA and Greece as a Portfolio Manager and Sr. Investment Consultant for wealth management firms, brokerage houses, and a family office. He is a serial entrepreneur, having established three other companies in varying industries during the last 15 years.

During his endeavors he has always strived for excellence in customer experience, in which he is a certified Master Practitioner. He currently heads the Group's Middle East operations, its international mobility services, and oversees the strategic alliance with Gi Group.

MBA, Finance, Babson College, USA
BSc, Marketing, Bentley University, USA
Master Practitioner, Academy of Service Excellence, UK
Alexis
Doukas
CEO
Alexis joined Optimal HR Group in 2007 and later assumed the position of CEO. He has more than 25 years of Managerial, Consulting and Recruiting experience, both as an entrepreneur and as an Executive for the Public and Private sectors.

Alexis has served as a Consultant for the Greek Prime Minister's office, as an Advisor to the Ministry of Tourism and to the President of GNTO and a member of joint Committees between the Greek National Tourism Organization and the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organization. He has worked in Hospitality as a Hotel General Manager and HR Manager, and as a Consultant for International tenders and studies. He has organized and addressed national and international conferences and meetings among them Ministerial meetings for the Greek EU presidency.

Throughout his professional life his focus and drive was always Human Resources management and employee engagement, coaching and development. Most of all he enjoys building new companies, heading projects which bring diverse talent together focusing on the Human factor.

MA, International Economics, Reading University, UK
BSc, Political Economy, City University, UK
Global Career Development Facilitator
Certified Trainer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
NLP practitioner
 
Maria
Mitropoulou
Vice President & CEO, Creative Pharma Services
Maria has more than 20 years experience in the field of Pharmaceuticals, Consulting & Clinical Trials.

She has worked as a Clinical Research Manager for 7 years, as a Trainer & Sales Manager for AKTINA S.A. and since 1995 as a Clinical site Manager for large research hospitals in oncology, gastroenterology, hepatology and haematology. She has worked as a CRA freelancer for global projects such as paediatric clinical trials, IVF and oncology.

Maria is committed to provide high quality services for Creative Pharma clients within agreed timelines, increase efficiency while reducing costs and any potential risk factors to achieve the best results in the drug development both globally and locally.

BSc, Community Health, dpt. of Public & Community Health, University of Athens.
Magda
Pantelidu
Regional Director EMEA
Magda is the Regional Director for Talent Acquisition & Talent Management for Optimal HR Group with a strong focus on the Gulf, ME & NA regions.

She has more than 15 years in Team Development & Facilitation, Executive Search & Recruitment, Crisis Management & Prevention, Leadership Development and motivating teams to reach for their best and follow through to ensure success. She works with individuals and groups to identify key goals and explore options.

Magda has a client focused approach, drives for excellence of service and supports authentic leadership through self awareness in her coaching & consulting approach. She has a diversified background, combined with deep knowledge of the trends & issues driving the Executive Search industry, hands on experience as a leader & a passion for developing talent in multicultural environments.

MA, Applied Social & Market Research, University of Westminster, UK
BA, Social Sciences, University of Westminster, UK
Gestalt Organisational Consultant & Coach, EAGT (GPO Diploma)
 
Kostas
Koutroumpis
Executive Vice President
Kostas has more than 30 year experience in the textile industry, marketing/ advertising, and management consulting/training having held top management positions in Greek and multinational companies.

A certified Grid Organisation Development Instructor, Kostas has a track record of success in the design and implementation of GRID culture change programs in diverse and complex organisations.

He has worked with a range of large companies in the Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical sectors in Italy and Greece, such as Banca Mediolanum, Programma Italia, Pirelli, Glaxo, Giesecke Devrient, Athenian Breweries and many others.

Kostas is a firm believer of the quote attributed to Peter Drucker, "Culture eats strategy for Breakfast."

BSc, Textile Economics and Management, UMIST, UK
Michael
Pagidas
Executive Vice President
Michael joined Optimal HR Group in the role of Executive Vice President in 2016. He is a seasoned executive with over 30 years experience in senior roles.

His latest position was that of General Manager at Saracakis Group. Between 1984 and 2006 he was the General Manager at SC Johnson overseeing Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, and FYROM. During his tenure, SCJ was a market leader in those markets. Prior to that he held positions in Colgate Palmolive and Standards Brands in the U.S.

For 17 years he held the position of President at the Association of Chief Executive Officers of which he remains an Honorary Member.

He holds a BA and MBA from NYU.
 
Vicky
Paroni
Payroll & Personnel Manager
Vicky joined Optimal HR Group in 2011 and has more than 12 years experience in HR processes and systems.

Vicky is highly motivated and results oriented, with expertise in the fields of HR payroll, compensation & benefits and demonstrated strengths that include assessing organizational needs, setting strategic direction, and implementing initiatives that enhance corporate performance.

She has worked in a wide variety of industries and with employees under different statuses (temporary, outsourced, and internal) and, thus, ensures end-to-end service excellence and full compliance with Labor Laws.

ED, Human Resources, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR
ED, Finance & European Labor Law, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR
BSc, Finance & Business Administration, Deree College, GR
George
Bampaliaris
Senior Management Consultant
George has been working for more than 25 years in sales and the last 15 in adult learning. He is specialized in Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Customer Experience, Loyalty, and Teamwork.

He established The Training Thinking Company, as a learning designer & provider. His previous working experience was with S.C. Johnson & Son, Henkel Hellas, Germanos, and OTEAcademy.

George approaches adult learning with a holistic view,respecting the trainee and professional, adapting to his personality, accepting his diversity, utilizing his experiences and inspire change. He believes that individual development stems from the individual and his will power.

His mission is to enable the individual to question existing practices, think differently and decide which skills and behaviors to change in the workplace, while all this takes place while adhering to the values and cultural beliefs of the company who entrusts their employees to our programs.

BA, Business Administration, Macedonian University of Thessaloniki
MSc, International Marketing, Paisley University of Scotland
Certified Adult trainer, EOPPEP
Master Practitioner, Academy of Service Excellence, UK
 
Marykate
Politopoulou
Marketing & Communications Manager
Marykate is an awarded professional marketing and communications specialist with more than 15 years’ experience in the market, qualified with significant and diversified experience. During the course of her career, she designed and led complex communication projects and provided service to a broad range of clients across various sectors in Greece and abroad. From large-scale entertainment projects, conferences and city festivities, to corporate communications and social responsibility strategies, she managed projects that required creativity, negotiation & organizational skills, persistence, and team playing attributes. Among the projects, she feels more proud about are the award-winning "Christmas in Athens 2004-2005” festivities, the Hellenic participation in the World Expo of 2005 & 2010, and the Industrial Technologies EC conference during the Greek Presidency in 2014.


BCA College: BA Business Management
Annita
Pakioufaki
Associate Director Talent Acquisition
Annita joined Optimal HR Group in January 2018 as an Associate Director for Talent Acquisition. Before joining Optimal HR Group Annita was the Managing Director of Stanton Chase International in Bucharest for 5 years. She has worked extensively on an international level in many countries in the EMEA region and has successfully managed client assignments at the Executive and Senior Management levels for local and international companies in all industries. She has appraised executives and has provided seminars and trainings for HR professionals and their companies. Having a passion for equal opportunities in the workplace, she promotes Diversity and Inclusion through her work.

Annita possesses a wealth of professional experience having worked with prominent multinational companies in the Consumer Products and Services, as well as Life Sciences and Healthcare market sectors holding leading positions in Sales, Marketing, Trade Marketing, Commercial and Supply Chain departments for over 18 years.

Annita started her career with the Commercial service of the United States Embassy in Athens. She then moved to Gr. Sarantis S.A. where she was responsible for the business in Cyprus, Lebanon, Malta and Portugal. After four years, she joined Johnson & Johnson in Greece holding several positions in the Sales and Trade Marketing departments. She then moved to Merck Sharp & Dohme as the Commercial & Supply Chain Manager.


BA in Sociology, The American College of Greece, Deree College
 

Consultants

 
Joan
Karatosiou
Talent Acquisition & Talent Management Lead
Joan holds the role of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management Lead at Optimal HR Group and has been here since 2016. She has an MBA and an invaluable 10 year international experience, from Athens to London and California to Dubai, in personal branding, talent acquisition, headhunting, business development and resume development.

She has accomplished over 950 projects worldwide and interacted with more than 1200+ professionals on a wide variety of career topics most specializing in Engineering, Finance, IT, Marketing & Sales.

She finds great solace in helping people get their career back on track and is in her element when nurturing and developing long lasting relationships through the embodiment of trust that she exemplifies as a person!

Joan has a charismatic eye for unearthing raw talent and is in every sense of the word a dedicated specialist, in discovering tomorrows' leaders and future executives.

MBA, University of South Wales, Cardiff, UK BA in Business Administration & Management, University of South Wales, Cardiff, UK
Theo
Panagopoulos
Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant
Theo joined Optimal HR Group in 2015 as a Talent Acquisition Consultant for the Dubai Office where he was already working in the recruitment sector with a special emphasis in the Marine & Shipping sector which is where the majority of his 25+ years of professional experience has been in.

Having completed his BSc in Management Sciences in the UK, he started out his career as a bunker trader in the shipping sector, then went on to develop his own business ventures along the way, all of which had an avent guard and uniqueness in their element whether it was importing thatch roofing material from Brazil or a 24-hour dial-a-service run around. These varied experiences and his adventurous nature have helped him develop a well-rounded skill set and experience which he is more than happy to share in assisting professionals achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Possessing a multinational background and education himself, he enjoys the global aspect for increased international mobility that Optimal HR Group is able to offer their clients, through their international presence and synergies across the world.

His empathetic nature are conducive in creating a trusting and open platform to doing business and give him the tool set required to have a deeper understanding of a position's requirements and in his continuous striving to achieve the best fit possible.

BSc in Management Sciences
 
Ioannis
Magkafosis
Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant
Ioannis is a Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant at Optimal HR Group in Athens, Greece and has more than 10 years HR Consulting experience with focus in the areas of Executive Search & Selection and Employee Training & Development.

He has participated in a variety of projects in regard with Competency-based Employee Assessment, design of Performance Appraisal and Target Setting Systems, as well as Compensation & Benefits. Furthermore, he has been engaged in projects concerning, Organizational Change Management, HR Systems & Practices, and Communication.

Ioannis has successfully cooperated with a plethora of clients both multinational and local companies from various industry sectors and has gained experience in many different fields. He has developed his business understanding and industry insight skills, his consultative approach and efficiency, always striving to deliver the best possible results based on each client’s needs.

BA in Sociology, Panteion University of Athens of Social & Political Sciences MSc in International Employment Relations & Human Resource Management, London School of Economics & Political Science
Saratoga Benchmarking & HR Metrics Accreditation
SHL Occupational Testing Certificate

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