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Partners

Yanni Spiropoulos

Founder and Managing Partner 

Yanni Spiropoulos

Founder and Managing Partner 

Yanni Spiropoulos is the Founder and Managing Partner of OCTANE Management Consultants. Yanni has worked for more than 20 years in consulting in Greece and in the United Kingdom.

Prior to founding OCTANE in 2007, Yanni was Director in Charge at KANTOR Management Consultants, serving as head of the company’s Private Sector Consulting as well as its Human Resource Services Divisions. He has also held senior level positions at JWThompson Hellas and Booz Allen & Hamilton in London.

Yanni has led a wide-ranging variety of assignments involving corporate strategy, market and competition analysis, customer management, acquisition support, post-merger integration, performance improvement, restructuring, change management etc. for some of the largest multinational and Greek companies. He has also served as a coach, mentor and evaluator for several family business owners, CEOs, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from INSEAD.

George Pavlatos

Founder, Senior Partner 

George Pavlatos

Founder, Senior Partner 

George Pavlatos is a founder and Senior Partner of OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

George possesses more than 14 years of consulting experience with Octane and previously with KANTOR Management Consultants, focusing on creating actionable strategies for clients ranging from startups to multinationals.

 

He has directed several strategy and restructuring projects for clients such as S&B, Emporiki-Credit Agricole, Hellenic Petroleum, Eurobank, ERGO Insurance, and has carried out a multitude of other engagements in Banking, Telecoms, Transport, Energy, Food, Retail, FMCG and Heavy Industry for clients in Greece and the Balkans.

 

He possesses extensive experience in Change Management, having assisted a number of private and public organizations to design complex change programmes and successfully manage their implementation from start to finish.

He has also successfully supported a large number of established and startup companies in strategy design, competition and market analysis, business planning and fundraising.

He holds a Masters of Engineering from the University of Durham and an MBA from INSEAD.

Dimitris Christacopoulos

Senior Partner 

Dimitris Christacopoulos

Senior Partner 

Dimitris Christacopoulos has led a 15-year career in banking and consulting in Greece, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Fortis Bank, Barclays Capital, Booz Allen & Hamilton). He is a Senior Partner of OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, Dimitris served for six years as the Deputy Country Head and Director of Energy and Project Finance for Fortis Bank in Athens. He was responsible for the set-up and management of the Greek Branch, and provided corporate finance, project financing, and corporate lending services to some of the leading energy and shipping companies in Greece and Turkey,.

 

Dimitris has also held managerial positions with Barclays Capital in London and Booz Allen & Hamilton Consulting in New York. For the latter, he led mixed consultant-client project teams in assignments in the U.S., South America, Europe, and Asia for some of the world’s largest organizations across various industries (energy, financial services, chemicals & pharmaceuticals, etc.), assisting them in the areas of strategic realignment, operational efficiency, and business process reengineering.

 

He holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.

Key Staff

Alexandros Chloros

Director

Alexandros Chloros

Director 

Alexandros Chloros is a Director of Octane Management Consultants.

 

Alex possesses 20 years of consulting experience, specializing in strategic planning, tendering and privatizations in Greece, the EU and the US.

 

Alex has managed complex multi-year technical assistance projects for several DGs of the European Commission and has participated in a multitude of strategic planning exercises with governmental and non-governmental entities.  Having participated in the Hellenic Republic’s privatization programme since its inception in 2011, Alex has participated in privatization projects both the sell-side and buy-side for commercial and tourist ports, airports and water utilities.

 

He has previously held senior positions with Kantor Management Consultants and HRADF, Digital Aid S.A and Plexus Consulting Group (US).

 

He Holds a BA in Political Science from Denison University and an MA in International Relations from the George Washington University.

Maria Kefala

Manager

Maria Kefala

Manager 

Maria Kefala is a Manager at OCTANE Management Consultants.

Maria has worked on several projects with emphasis on corporate organization and corporate strategy in a number of industries primarily real estate, wholesale, energy, and banking.
Prior to joining OCTANE, Maria held internships at WWF Hellas and Imerisia Online.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics with a minor concentration in Government from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. During her time at Georgetown, she was also involved in a wide range of activities ranging from community service, to student newspaper and has held leadership positions in student organizations.

Maria is fluent in Greek, English, French, and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

Danny Covo

Manager

Danny Covo

Manager 

Danny Covo is a Manager at OCTANE Management Consultants.

Prior to OCTANE, Danny has held an internship as a Financial Analyst at The Libra Group in London and at Interfood Ltd. During his internship at The Libra Group, he worked on a wide range of activities including market analysis, financial statements, and research into new business development.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting & Finance with concentration in Finance from The American College of Greece.

Danny in his spare time is involved with the Jewish Youth of Athens and is now serving as the elected President.

Anna Natar

HR Manager

Anna Natar

HR Manager 

ANNA NATAR is a Human Resources Manager.

 

Anna possesses more than 35 years of Human Resources, Franchising and General Business experience in well-known multinational companies and the consulting industry.  She is a certified Work Place Mediator.  During her career, she has received various awards for her accomplishments, dedication, team spirit and persistence.

 

For many years, she has offered her specialized knowledge and experience to multinational as well as small and medium-sized Greek enterprises across different sectors.  Projects involved Re-Engineering, Staffing, Retention / Motivation and Compensation & Benefits.  Anna has also served as a Coach to entrepreneurs and Mentor to human resources executives.

 

Anna is bilingual in Greek and English and has basic knowledge of French and German.

Konstantinos Kozanitis

Expert Advisor

Konstantinos Kozanitis

Expert Advisor 

Konstantinos Kozanitis is an Expert Advisor at OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

Konstantinos possesses multi-year experience in consulting and process improvement. Main areas of expertise include strategy, business improvement and process restructuring, research and analysis of markets, aiming at infusing top management decision making with evidence based findings and out of the box thinking.

 

Prior to OCTANE, Konstantinos worked for 7 years in the capacity of management consultant for PRINTEC Group HQ, being responsible for advising and supporting Group Office & subsidiaries towards organic growth and process improvement. Formerly, Konstantinos has gained diverse consulting experience being employed at ICAP Group, responsible for project delivery, as an on-client-site senior consultant, engaged among other projects with BAIN & Company, on big multinational and/or local leading companies.

 

He holds a M.Sc. in Management, from Bath University and B.Sc. in Economics, from Southampton University.

Sofia Koukoula

Consultant

Sofia Koukoula

Consultant 

Sofia Koukoula is a Consultant at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining Octane, Sofia has gathered 1,5 years’ experience as Product Manager for one of the leading retail firms in Greece, managing successfully both private label and branded products.

 

Parallel to her studies, she pursued an internship as Junior Project Manager in Paris, at a firm specializing in offering efficient merchandising solutions to manufacturers and retailers, managing a variety of projects for big multinational companies in the UK & US markets. Moreover, she was responsible for the establishment of the Imports Unit for a family-owned retail SME, participating to Commercial Fairs in China, while leading FOB pricing negotiations with manufacturers.

 

She holds MBA International at Athens University of Economics & Business, specializing in Marketing & Strategy, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Patras, where she graduated at top 10% of her class.

Alexandros Kotsas

Consultant

Alexandros Kotsas

Consultant 

Alexandros Kotsas is a Consultant at OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

Aside from OCTANE, Alex has worked in the Middle East for one of the leading Greek engineering and management consulting companies where he gained valuable experience in undertaking complex large scale public and private infrastructure projects.

 

He holds a B.Eng with Honours in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham, an M.Sc with Merit in Transport Engineering and Operations from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and an MBA from ALBA Graduate Business School where he received the Academic Excellence Scholarship.

Pinelopi Spanou

Consultant

Pinelopi Spanou

Consultant 

Pinelopi Spanou is a Consultant at OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining OCTANE, Pinelopi worked for 2 years in the purchasing department of a multinational pharmaceutical company and for 2 years in the accounting department of an Information Technology company.

 

Pinelopi holds a Bachelor degree in Business Economics from University of Kent in the UK and she is currently a 2019 CFA Level I candidate.

 

She is attracted to new technologies and has interest in data analytics. In her spare time she enjoys fitness activities, drawing and cooking.

George Kokkotas

Consultant

George Kokkotas

Consultant 

George Kokkotas is a Consultant at Octane Management Consultants.

 

He is an internationally experienced consultant, passionate about solving complex problems in different organizational setups and industrial environments.

 

Prior to joining Octane, George has worked as Business Development Representative at Statathlon Ltd (UK), working on building new client relations and identifying growth opportunities within sports industry.  Before that, he served, for 3 years, as Business Consultant at Genioo AG (Switzerland), participating on several supply chain & warehouse projects within pharma industry.

 

He holds a MSc in Engineering & Policy Analysis, from TU Delft (Netherlands) and a Diploma in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Patras (Greece).

Vasilina Tsitsopoulou

Analyst

Vasilina Tsitsopoulou

Analyst 

Vasilina Tsitsopoulou is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to Octane, Vasilina was an intern in MIS Department of Piraeus Bank. During her internship, her line of work included collecting data so as to draft reports on behalf of the management.

 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Athens University of Economics and Business.

Evgenia Lykou

Analyst

Evgenia Lykou

Analyst 

Evgenia Lykou is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (B.A.) from the American College of Greece and a Bachelor in Science (Hons) in International Business from the Open University Business School. In 2016, she graduated with distinction from the International Consulting Program of Virginia Commonwealth University in the U.S. In her senior term, she also served as the President of the Economics society.

 

In parallel with her studies, Evgenia participated as the team leader in several consulting projects with multicultural teams in Greece and the U.S. Among the spectrum of provided services are: strategic planning, geographic and commercial expansionary strategy, post-merger integration, and change management for medium-size, multinational companies, NGO, and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports and Tourism.

 

Evgenia is passionate about openness to new markets. Her dissertation topic was about how to mitigate the risks incurred by firms’ internationalization. She is a keen follower of the tech business evolution and the strategic moves employed by tech companies.

Stefania Stefanou

Analyst

Stefania Stefanou

Analyst 

Stefania Stefanou is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants

 

As an Analyst at Octane, she has participated in process optimization projects in banking and technology industries. In addition, she has participated actively in the assessment and re-design of the new remuneration scheme for a multinational insurance company.

 

She graduated from Utrecht University from which she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Economics with a Law minor. Throughout her studies, she developed a combination of multidisciplinary skills that together with her critical thinking and analytical background have constituted in building a strong profile in Analytics. Moreover, during her studies she conducted several research studies including stock market analysis, macroeconomic analysis of market inefficiency externality and econometrics studies.

 

Prior to her Bachelor, Stefania graduated from the International Baccalaureate Diploma and volunteered at several NGOs, such as Caritas.

Ioanna Kosti

Analyst

Ioanna Kosti

Analyst 

Ioanna Kosti is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to Octane, Ioanna has accumulated 6 months of professional experience by pursuing internships at HSBC Bank, Greece where she was placed at the Service Delivery Department, and also, at BD Electronics, Malta helping this startup company to expand.

 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business and is currently working toward an MBA degree at the same University with concentration in Financial Management. During her postgraduate studies, she received a scholarship for being among the top 10 students of her class and took part in a Business Strategy Game in which her team finished second among the six competing teams.

 

Ioanna has managed to participate in various training courses across Europe and become a team member of many intercultural teams. Parallel to her work, she provides voluntary service and plays volleyball.

Giannis Kaloupaklis

Analyst

Giannis Kaloupaklis

Analyst 

Giannis Kaloupaklis is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to joining Octane, Giannis has accumulated 2,8 years of experience in the Telecommunications sector with Wind Hellas, first as graduate financial analyst and later as project coordinator for Wind’s digital transformation initiatives.

 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business finance and Management from the University of York and an MSc in International Business and Strategic Management from the same institution.

 

In his spare time Giannis enjoys swimming and running.

 

Dimitris Souliotis

Analyst

Dimitris Souliotis

Analyst 

Dimitris Souliotis is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

Prior to Octane, Dimitris has worked at Pyramis S.A. for a six month project where he was in charge of budgeting the renovation and development of an embassy in Athens, Greece.

 

He has also worked at Zoniro S.A. as a real estate consultant where he was in charge of speculating and subsequently building the evaluation reports of 11 public properties in order to be presented to potential investors.

 

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from University of Patras and an MBA at Athens University of Economics and Business.

 

Dimitris is also a former professional swimmer at 50 and 100 meters breaststroke and in his free time enjoys surfing and rock climbing.

Alexander Karouzakis Heckendorf

Analyst

Alexander Karouzakis Heckendorf

Analyst 

Alexander Karouzakis Heckendorf is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany) and a Master’s degree in Finance from ALBA Graduate Business School. In his academic studies he has specialized in the field of corporate finance.

 

Prior to Octane, Alexander served for 9 months as a reservist officer (2nd Lieutenant) in the Hellenic army.

Thomas Panagiotopoulos

Analyst

Thomas Panagiotopoulos

Analyst 

Thomas Panagiotopoulos is an Analyst at Octane Management Consultants.

 

He holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration (majoring in accounting and finance) from Athens University of Economics & Business and a master in finance from the same University.

 

He is extremely interested in M&A transactions. His master thesis was about an econometric analysis of M&A deals with title '' The abnormal returns of European companies during merger and acquisition''. Furthermore, He is strongly interested in econometrics and portfolio management.

Dimitris Frouzis

Analyst

Dimitris Frouzis

Analyst 

Dimitris Frouzis is an Analyst at OCTANE Management Consultants.

 

Professionally, parallel to his studies and after his graduation, Dimitris has been involved in both corporate and startup environments. He has gained experience as a consultant at EY in Athens. During his employment there, he participated at various projects of both financial and technological contexts. Moreover, Dimitris has contributed decisively in the development of a promising startup, which operates in the dairy industry.

 

Academically, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Science and Technology from Athens University of Economics and Business.