Executive Management & Board

Harry VafiasHarry N. Vafias - President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Vafias has been actively involved in the tanker and gas shipping industry since 1999. After graduating from City University Business School in the City of London in 1999 with a B.A. in Management Science and from Metropolitan University in 2000 with a Masters degree in Shipping, Trade and Transport, he commenced working at Seascope, a leading ship brokering firm specializing in sale and purchase of vessels and chartering of oil tankers. Mr. Vafias also worked at Braemar, a leading ship brokering firm, where he gained extensive experience in tanker and dry cargo chartering. Seascope and Braemar merged in 2001 to form Braemar Seascope Group plc, a public company quoted on the London Stock Exchange and one of the world's largest ship brokering and shipping service groups. From 2000 until 2004, he worked at Brave Maritime and Stealth Maritime, companies providing comprehensive ship management services, where Mr. Vafias headed the operations and chartering departments of Stealth Maritime and served as manager for the sale and purchase departments of both Brave Maritime and Stealth Maritime.

joliffe.jpgMichael G. Jolliffe - Chairman of the Board. Mr Jolliffe is a director of a number of companies in shipping, oil, textiles, telecommunications and other industries. He is Deputy Chairman of Tsakos Energy Navigation, an oil and product tanker shipping company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Jolliffe is also Vice-Chairman of both Klonatex S.A. and Naoussa Spinning Mills S.A., two companies quoted on the Athens Stock Exchange that together form the third largest integrated textiles company in Europe. Mr. Jolliffe is a Director of Lannet S.A., Greece's second largest telephone company quoted on the Athens Stock Exchange. Mr. Jolliffe is also Chairman of Wigham-Richardson Shipbrokers Ltd, one of the oldest established shipbroking companies in the City of London, and of Shipping Spares Repairs and Supplies Ltd, an Agency Company based in Piraeus, Greece. He is also joint president of Hanjin Euorbulk Ltd., a joint venture broking company with Hanjin Shipping of Korea. Additionally, Mr. Jolliffe is the President of Eurotrans Hermes Hellas S.A., the Greek agent of the Skoda Group for Trams, Buses and Trains.

drakos-.jpgMarkos Drakos - Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Board of Directors. Mr Drakos is a graduate in Economics from the London School of Economics and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales as well as a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus. He was a founding partner of Touche Ross & Co in 1988 (renamed Deloitte & Touche) and remained a partner of Deloitte & Touche until December 2002. From 01/01/2003 to today he is the owner and Managing Director of Markos Drakos Consultants Group.
Markos Drakos Consultants mainly specialize in the offering of International Fiscal Administration and Accounting Services to International Business companies with particular focus to the shipping industry. Clients include a number of multinational groups, and substantial private groups etc.
Mr Drakos was the Vice Chairman of the Cyprus Telecommunication Authority from 2000 to 2003. He also acts as a Director to a number of major International and local companies, both private and public.

John Kostoyannis - Member of the Boardj-k.jpg, Mr. Kostoyannis graduated from the City of London Polytechnic in 1988 where he studied Shipping and Economics. He then worked for Elders Chartering IXL in London. From January 1991 until September 2001 Mr Kostoyannis worked in several prominent Chartering and Sale and Purchase broking houses in London and Piraeus before joining Allied in September 2001 where he is a Member of the Board of Directors.