Talent Acquisition &
Talent Management

Workforce
Management

Pharma
Services

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
Vicky
Paroni
Workforce Mngt & HR Director
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

 
Lina
Liakopoulou
Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant
Lina has a BA in Sociology from the American College of Athens, Greece, and a MA in Human Resources from Warwick University in UK. She has been at Optimal HR Group since 2013. She has an overall HR experience of 15 years in Greek and multinational companies. She has been highly involved with executive search and selection of Greek and international candidates. Her focus on international mobility has been developed through the years something that led her to build a strong multinational professional network.

Her successful talent acquisition placements include a wide variety of job categories such as engineering, accounting, finance, GM, IT, logistics, sales, and healthcare.

Lina is a persistent individual who is dedicated to find talent that matches the needs of each client. Adept at spotting talent in any situation, networking with industry professionals and determining whether or not a prospect has a chance at long-term success. She is a multi-skilled professional with strong communication, presentation and negation skills who possesses a very high level of confidence & ethic.

She speaks English, Italian and French.

MA in Human Resources, Warwick University, UK
BA in Sociology, American College of Greece, Greece
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
 
Giovanni
Dimitriadis
Senior Business Consultant
Giovanni is a Chemistry degree graduate from the Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki with a Doctorate Degree in Polymers & Materials Science from Universite Paris Xiii. Following a period in Research, he began a career in Raw Materials Trading on an International level. In his career he has worked as a Retail Marketing Stores Development & Performance Director for some of the largest retail brands in Greece, Cyprus and the Balkans. OTE, Cosmote, Germanos, MTN, Neptun and many more are included amongst them. He oversaw every aspect from Branding to Design and Operations to store Development & Expansion.

He is now GioRetail’s Founder while also holding the following positions: Senior Business Consultant at Optimal HR Group and Store Design Advisor for ΜΤΝ Cyprus, Shop & Go Romania, NEPTUN of BALFIN Group Albania/Skopje/Kosovo, along with several other individual Stores from different companies.

Throughout his career, his primary focus is the management of all of his clients’ design and development programs, concentrating primarily in serving client requirements and upscaling their buying experience.


 
Evangelia
Kouridaki
Senior Business Consultant
Evangelia has almost 20 years of experience in the fields of Retail, Sales, Customer Service and Adult Training.

She started out of Sales promotion & direct marketing in 1999. She has been occupied in large adverting below-the-line companies in designing, organizing and implementing Promotional Activities, having the responsibility for recruitment, training and management of Sales teams, Promoters, Supervisors, merchandisers etc. mainly in Retail market.

Since 2012 she has been more actively involved in adult training, she moved to OTEAcademy where she was designing workshops, training material, manuals, certifications, e-learnings for the Group of OTE, thus gaining significant experience in designing training solutions and blended learning projects.

As a Certified Adult Trainer, she is specialized in subjects such as Customer Service, Marketing, Management, Retail Sales, Soft Skills, Personal & Professional Development etc. Her favorite subject for search and discussion is Customer Experience and how to exceed expectations of our Customers, colleagues, employees, stakeholders etc. Evangelia’s main role in Optimal HR Group is to support our service all about...Loyalty and our training department.

BA - Marketing, Technological Educational Institute (ATEI) of Athens
MSc in Services Management, Athens University of Economics and Business
Gestalt in Organizations (GPO) 2 years - Coaching, Gestalt Foundation
Certified Adult trainer, EOPPEP
 
Katerina
Papanikolaou
Senior Business Consultant
Katerina has a broad professional experience. She currently works as a trainer, consultant & facilitator. She studied Biology when she mainly learned how to build up ideas and conduct full research. Then she moved to Management (Management & Health Economics) and she worked in the pharmaceutical sector as Specialist & Key Account Manager. She made a remarkable change, when she decided to study psychotherapy, choosing Gestalt Theory as the most human-centric approach. She is a lifelong learner. She now focuses on topics such as fear & change, vulnerability, agility, shame, conflict.

She has regularly collaborated with famous Think Tanks in Europe as a training partner. She specializes in the transformation of individuals or organisations. She believes that differentiation in workplaces can be the most prominent opportunity for safe and engaging workplaces. Her passion is to support wholeheartedly people to overcome the barriers set by their fears and introjected beliefs. She cares about citizenship, human rights & inclusion and in the past years, she has participated in several related projects.

She has offered supervision & mentoring to start-ups and women who wish to come back to work or women who are active in politics. She offers her experience & services for free to vulnerable social groups.

Bachelor Biology, AUTH Msc Health Economics, University of Pireus Gestalt Psychotherapy, Gestalt Foundation of Thessaloniki MOOCs, Human Rights, SCR, Leadership etc
Eirini
Zissimatou
Senior Business Consultant | Learning Services
Eirini joined Optimal HR Group as a Senior Business Consultant in Learning services. She holds a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Department of Communications, Media and Culture of Panteion University and holds significant experience in the fields of Retail sales & Operations, Customer Service and Training & Coaching.

She started her career as a Brand Leader for the Victoria's Secret stores in Scandinavia where she was responsible for leading Store Operations and personnel recruitment, training and coaching, always focused on delivering a cohesive customer experience. From the early years of her career, Eirini realized her passion for training & coaching and, therefore, moved on into Learning and Development. There, she designed training courses for different levels of seniority, facilitated workshops and created learning tools and schedules.

Her aspiration is to encourage a growth mindset in each individual, by challenging them to think outside the box and adhere different perspectives and inspire them to understand how to make the necessary changes that will leverage their personal strengths.

 
 
Apostolis
Katsorchis
Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant
Apostolis holds a background in Human Resources with over than 10 years of working experience in Talent Acquisition, Assessments, Training & Development and Culture alignment. He has been exposed in highly complicated and complexed projects in various industries eg. Professional services | Pharma | Maritime | FMCG | NPL’s & Digital Marketing. Academically has acquired a BSc. in Business Administration and an MSc in International Hotel Management.

As more employers are struggling to fill vacancies, Apostolis gives handpicked talent acquisition solutions.

 
Spyros
Akrivos
Project Leader
Spyros is the Project Leader for Optimal HR Group

He has worked for multinational companies in executive roles for 15 years and as a Gestalt OD Consultant, Trainer, Facilitator & Executive Coach for more than 7 years. His focus is on Organizational Culture Change, Development of Individuals, Teams & Networks, Resilient & Inclusive Workplaces. He works with individuals, groups and organizations in order to improve performance and decipher what hinders participation and diversity.

Spyros is goal oriented, a good listener and creates awareness through a relational approach. His calling is for organizations that grow, for individuals with a thirst to learn & develop. He cares for inclusiveness, personal leadership and creativity.
 
 
Anna
Skoura
Workforce Mngt & Senior HR Consultant
Anna joined Optimal HR Group in 2017 as an HR Executive. She has a solid 10+ year experience in HR management, having worked for a multinational hotel brand.

Anna has acquired over the years, an in-depth knowledge of the Greek labor law regulations and demonstrated exemplary time management skills and commitment to meet deadlines, achieving a zero complaint and penalty fine status for the brand. She has successfully managed several challenging workforce tasks in the fields of HR, and effectively performed organizational needs assessments and brand strategic planning.

BA Technological Educational Institution of Athens
Fani
Chalvatzoglou
Workforce Mngt & Senior HR Consultant
Fani joined Optimal HR Group in 2018 as an HR and Payroll Consultant in the Workforce Management.

She is a results driven HR professional who is highly organized, has strong attention to detail and who is capable of working with confidential information. She has extensive knowledge of all activities related to HR and payroll.

She has over 11 years of experience in the HR area in Greek and multinational leading companies of their fields with increased administrative responsibilities. During these years, she has always focused on results and therefore she has developed a solid professional background.

MSc degree, Economic and European Studies, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB)
Bachelor Degree, Public Administration, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences with specialization in Public Economics.
 
Alexandra
Kessari
Associate Talent Aquisition Consultant
Alexandra graduated from Doukas School in 2017 and obtained a partial scholarship in the American College of Greece - Deree where she studies HRM and Psychology.

She was part of the «WeCare» team that gained the first place in the «Best Virtual Enterprise 2015» competition. She is a motivated and resourceful individual looking to broaden her knowledge in talent acquisition and HR Management and be a part of a professional HR team.

She is hardworking, organized, able to adapt and adjust to new circumstances and demands.
 

 

 

 

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