Board of Directors

Our Board carries a vast experience in real estate investments and capital allocation

George Chryssikos

Chairman

George Chryssikos has founded Grivalia Hospitality platform in 2015 to deploy capital in the very attractive high-end hospitality sector in Greece and abroad. The company has already invested in seven hospitality assets with an estimated value of over €0.5 bn and it is managed by Grivalia Management Company.

George Chryssikos founded Grivalia Management Company and has an active leading and managing role. At this moment Grivalia has € 3.1 bn of assets under management and continues capital deployment in the Greek real estate sector.

George served as Chief Executive Officer, Executive BoD member and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Grivalia Properties REIC. Together with his team, George has completed real estate transactions of over €1.2 bn in commercial and leisure real estate.

George is currently Vice Chairman, Non-Executive Director of the BoD of Eurobank Group.

In the past George was Managing Director of Corporate Value Partners, CEO of DTZ in Greece, BoD advisor at Iaso Healthcare Group and Senior Associate in McKinsey & Co at the London Office specializing in private equity. He has also experience in the construction industry in Greece, having worked as Project manager for more than 2 years in a specialized construction company.

George holds an MBA in Corporate Finance & Strategy from Columbia Business School (NY), an MSc in Engineering & Construction Management from UC Berkeley (CA) and a MEng in Civil Engineering from National Technical University of Athens. In his younger age, George was a National Champion in sailing and member of the Greek National Sailing Team for many years.

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Spyros Athanitis

Director

Spyros Athanitis is the Director of the Investment Department and a member of the Investment Committee of the Eurolife FFH Insurance.

He joined Eurolife FFH in 2006, while in the past, he worked as a Director of Investment Management and Financial Analysis divisions in Mutual Fund and Asset Management Companies. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Diorama Private Equity Fund. He holds a “M.Sc. in Finance” from the University of Leicester, UK and a “B.Sc. in Business Administration - Accounting and Finance” from Deree - the American College of Greece.

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Wolfgang M. Neumann

Director

A C-level executive in the global Hospitality, Travel and Tourism sector with a broad understanding of consumer facing service industries. Wolfgang draws from his vast international experience in mature and emerging markets in a multi brand environment and bundles today - under his company Neumann Hospitality - a diversified portfolio of non-executive director and strategic advisory roles such as:

  • Chairman of the Board, Hotel School The Hague (The Netherlands)
  • Chairman of Board, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (United Kingdom)
  • Non- Executive Director and Strategic Advisor, Guestline Hospitality Software (UK)

Until 2017 Wolfgang was CEO of The Radisson Hospitality Group, formally known as Rezidor AB. Nasdaq OMX Stockholm listed and one of the most dynamic hotel companies in EMEA, it has a portfolio of 450+ hotels and 100,000+ rooms in 80+ countries.

Before joining Radisson, he was CEO for Arabella Hospitality Group in Munich, Germany and a member of the supervisory board of Schoerghuber Holding.

He spent more than 20 years with Hilton, building his career from General Manger to President Hilton Europe and Africa.

Wolfgang is passionate about developing teams and empowering talent as mentor and coach. While results driven, he is focussed on value creation for all stakeholders and committed to sustainable business practices.

He was born in Austria, speaks five languages and was educated at the Institute for Hotel & Tourism Management Klessheim (Salzburg) which he completed with a programme at Insead in Fontainebleau and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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Allen Jonathan Foley

Director

Allen Foley is a financial services professional with a broad spectrum of international experience. He is a non-executive director, chairman and consultant to financial services funds and companies. Allen has worked in Luxembourg, Bermuda, Ireland and Cayman.

Since 2012, Allen has acted as director of Luxembourg management companies, UCITS, AIFs, private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds, broker traders and FinTechs. He has consulted on governance, legal/compliance processes, structural improvement, business strategy and change management.

Allen was the Managing Partner of Oyster Consulting Europe and senior Consultant at Oyster Consulting Bermuda. He was the Executive Director of DMS Offshore Investment Services in Luxembourg with responsibility for multi-jurisdictional AIFM platforms.

Allen moved to Luxembourg in 2008, where he worked for a Luxembourg management company and director’s office in a sales and marketing role. In 2004, he was based in Bermuda where he was part of the Listing and Compliance team of the Bermuda Stock Exchange and a Senior Hedge Fund Accountant at BISYS Hedge Fund Services. Allen started his professional career in Ireland 1999, with Citi Fund Services and Investors Bank & Trust.

Certified Conseil Economique (Economic Advisor) 2012. BSc (Hon) Land Management 1997, H.Dip Estate Management Surveying 1996, University of South Wales, UK.

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William Edward Gilson

Director

William Gilson is a Certified Independent Director with more than 30 years’ industry experience. He was Luxembourg Country Head for Aviva Investors and has headed up Global and European operations for Aviva Investors and Babson Capital respectively.

He became an Independent Director in 2017 and his mandates range from Boutique to Mega Managers covering alternatives and UCITS as well as organizations going through restructure and remediation.

A Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist, he holds both the MRICS designation and an MBA in Finance and Sustainability. He completed the Certificate in Corporate Governance from Insead in 2017 and sits on working groups at UN PRI and CFA UK.

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Jamie Lowry

Director

Jamie Lowry is Managing Director and member of the investment committee at Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited which manages Fairfax investments in Europe. Prior to joining Hamblin Watsa in 2016, he has worked successively as equity analyst and fund manager at Schroders Investment Management London, since 2004.

He was a founding member of the Value Investing team at Schroders managing $15 billion in Global equity assets. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a BSc in financial and business economics from Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Ignace Charles Rotman

Director

Ignace Rotman is a Founding Partner of Nevastar Finance, an independent international investment firm founded in 2003 with presence in the UK, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Beforehand, Ignace worked as an Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs concentrating on M&A, IPOs and other investor-related advisory roles and worked as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company counselling international businesses on corporate strategy.

Ignace holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University (New York) and a Master of Science in Microelectronic Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL). Ignace was also a member of the Swiss Davis Cup tennis team.

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George Chryssikos

Chairman

George Chryssikos has founded Grivalia Hospitality platform in 2015 to deploy capital in the very attractive high-end hospitality sector in Greece and abroad. The company has already invested in seven hospitality assets with an estimated value of over €0.5 bn and it is managed by Grivalia Management Company.

George Chryssikos founded Grivalia Management Company and has an active leading and managing role. At this moment Grivalia has € 3.1 bn of assets under management and continues capital deployment in the Greek real estate sector.

George served as Chief Executive Officer, Executive BoD member and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Grivalia Properties REIC. Together with his team, George has completed real estate transactions of over €1.2 bn in commercial and leisure real estate.

George is currently Vice Chairman, Non-Executive Director of the BoD of Eurobank Group.

In the past George was Managing Director of Corporate Value Partners, CEO of DTZ in Greece, BoD advisor at Iaso Healthcare Group and Senior Associate in McKinsey & Co at the London Office specializing in private equity. He has also experience in the construction industry in Greece, having worked as Project manager for more than 2 years in a specialized construction company.

George holds an MBA in Corporate Finance & Strategy from Columbia Business School (NY), an MSc in Engineering & Construction Management from UC Berkeley (CA) and a MEng in Civil Engineering from National Technical University of Athens. In his younger age, George was a National Champion in sailing and member of the Greek National Sailing Team for many years.

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Spyros Athanitis

Member

Spyros Athanitis is the Director of the Investment Department and a member of the Investment Committee of the Eurolife FFH Insurance.

He joined Eurolife FFH in 2006, while in the past, he worked as a Director of Investment Management and Financial Analysis divisions in Mutual Fund and Asset Management Companies. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Diorama Private Equity Fund. He holds a “M.Sc. in Finance” from the University of Leicester, UK and a “B.Sc. in Business Administration - Accounting and Finance” from Deree - the American College of Greece.

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Wolfgang M. Neumann

Member

A C-level executive in the global Hospitality, Travel and Tourism sector with a broad understanding of consumer facing service industries. Wolfgang draws from his vast international experience in mature and emerging markets in a multi brand environment and bundles today - under his company Neumann Hospitality - a diversified portfolio of non-executive director and strategic advisory roles such as:

  • Chairman of the Board, Hotel School The Hague (The Netherlands)
  • Chairman of Board, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (United Kingdom)
  • Non- Executive Director and Strategic Advisor, Guestline Hospitality Software (UK)

Until 2017 Wolfgang was CEO of The Radisson Hospitality Group, formally known as Rezidor AB. Nasdaq OMX Stockholm listed and one of the most dynamic hotel companies in EMEA, it has a portfolio of 450+ hotels and 100,000+ rooms in 80+ countries.

Before joining Radisson, he was CEO for Arabella Hospitality Group in Munich, Germany and a member of the supervisory board of Schoerghuber Holding.

He spent more than 20 years with Hilton, building his career from General Manger to President Hilton Europe and Africa.

Wolfgang is passionate about developing teams and empowering talent as mentor and coach. While results driven, he is focussed on value creation for all stakeholders and committed to sustainable business practices.

He was born in Austria, speaks five languages and was educated at the Institute for Hotel & Tourism Management Klessheim (Salzburg) which he completed with a programme at Insead in Fontainebleau and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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Jamie Lowry

Member

Jamie Lowry is Managing Director and member of the investment committee at Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited which manages Fairfax investments in Europe. Prior to joining Hamblin Watsa in 2016, he has worked successively as equity analyst and fund manager at Schroders Investment Management London, since 2004.

He was a founding member of the Value Investing team at Schroders managing $15 billion in Global equity assets. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a BSc in financial and business economics from Royal Holloway, University of London.

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