Gabriel Panayotides has been the Chairman of the Board since February 1998. Mr. Panayotides has participated in the ownership and management of ocean going vessels since 1978. He is also a member of the Greek Committee of Bureau Veritas, an international classification society. He holds a Bachelors degree from the Piraeus University of Economics. Mr. Panayotides acted as the Company's Chief Executive Officer from February 2008 to April 2008.
Biographical information with respect to each of our executive officers is set forth below.
Pavlos Kanellopoulos was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2010. Mr. Kanellopoulos has 15 years of experience in banking and finance positions, mostly at a senior level. He started his career in the International Banking Division of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in London. Since 2003, Mr. Kanellopoulos held CFO positions with companies in the manufacturing and TMT sectors, most recently as Group CFO at Forthnet SA, the largest alternative telecom and pay-TV operator in Greece. Mr. Kanellopoulos has studied at the Athens University of Economics, the University of Warwick and the London School of Economics and holds a BSc and MSc (Econ).
Ismini Panayotides has been Business Development Officer at Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. since March 2006 and Secretary of the Board of Directors since September 2008. She completed her studies in 2005, and has been working intermittently with her undergraduate and graduate studies in the chartering and operations departments of Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. as well as in the management of Maryville Maritime Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Excel, since 1999. Ms. Panayotides holds an undergraduate (BA) degree from the School of Management, Boston University (2004), and a Master of Science (MSc) in Shipping Trade and Finance from City University, Cass Business School, in London (2005).