MANAGEMENT TEAM

SOFIA BALKAN HOTEL, Sofia, Bulgaria

 

MANAGEMENT TEAM

 

Our management team has a vast depth of hotel acquisition, construction, finance and operation expertise. With more then 120 years of combined experience, our executive leadership team is widely regarded for our proven strategy, disciplined execution, and ability to drive unrivalled performance from our properties.

 

Guided by a disciplined approach to capital allocation and aggressive asset management, Kokari has partnered with premium brands as Starwood and has achieved average IRR of 13-15% for the last years, having also received international awards by Conde Nast, Luxury Collection and other prestigious institutions.

 

The Company is supported by a strong management team, whose members bring considerable experience in hotel operations, investments, asset management, finance and accounting, among many other vital disciplines.

 

Our strong networking capabilities allow us to identify and source investment hospitality projects in the most prospective Greek and South Eastern Europe industries. We have deep knowledge of the regional macroeconomic and microeconomic reality to advise on all aspects of a transaction, from deal origination to exit planning and provide a comprehensive approach to potential investments in the market.

 

MANAGEMENT

EDUCATION

PRIOR EXPERIENCE

Ioannis Daskalantonakis

Chairman

BSc in Business

Studies & Tourism

at University

of North London

 

MSc in International

Hotel Management,

at University of Surrey

• Former Executive Director at Grecotel SA. Yannis has been responsible for the financing of all Grecotel projects cooperating with the banks , for the reconstruction and the refurbishment of some of the biggest Grecotel Hotels, also being involved in all management areas of the Group

• Former Executive Director at Daskalantonakis Group

• Former President at Faiax SA (Hotel company with 8 hotels owned with  by Daskalantonakis Group  and TUI)

• Former President at Aramark Dasko SA

• Former Member of the Board of Directors at various hotels & resorts companies (Sunstores SA, Olympios Zeys SA, Candia SA, Tourisma SA….)

Mr Daskalantonakis has led international investments developing a 5 star hotel in Turkey , acquiring real estate in Budapest and investing in trophy hotel assets in Bulgaria and Serbia

Stylianos Koutsivitis

Executive Director

MBA at Columbia University

MBA at Athens University of

Economics & Business

Military Academy

From 2010 he has been Executive Director of Kokari, a hospitality investment and management  group investing in South Eastern Europe.He is also leading a recently launched venture of the Group, aiming at acquiring distressed high-quality hospitality real estate located in Greece and Balkans, having teamed up with prestigious international investment  funds .


He is a real estate and hospitality professional with wide-ranging international operational, asset management and investment experience in hotels, across Greece and South Eastern Europe  Europe, spending before five years in the City Hotels group of Daskalantonakis Group, the leading operator of 5* and 4* luxury city hotels in Greece, where he served as Executive Director. He has been involved in  some of the largest, high profile development projects in the tourism sector in Greece and South Eastern Europe having been integral in the acquisition of over €200m worth of  transactions and having managed assets of around 400 million euro. 

Kostas Kanaras
Chief Commercial Officer

BA (Hons) - Tourism Management

• Executive Director, Ledra Hotels & Villas SA
• General Manager of Sales & Marketing, Porto   

Carras Grand Resort
• General Manager, Minverva Premier Hotel

• Director of Sales Aldemar Group of Hotels

Marili Drandaki

Administrative & Purchasing Director

BA at Athens University

of Economics & Business

MSc in Marketing at

Athens University of

Economics & Business

Hospitality Services Diploma,

Cornell University

Hospitality Management

Diploma, Bavaria

Fachhochscule, Germany

• Former Director of Operations in Kokari

• Former Director of Operations in Classical hotels

• Former Purchasing Director in Grecotel SA

• Former Purchasing Director in Aramark Dasko

• Former President at Fresh Gourmet SA

• Former President at Akti Varkizas SA

• Former President at First Class SA

• Former Member of the BoD at Cretan Hotel Association

 

Dimitrios Valergas

Director of Human Resources

Master in Marketing at

School of Higher Industrial

Studies of Thessaloniki

Faculty of Management

and Economics at Technological

Institution of Thessaloniki

• Former HR Director at Classical Hotels SA

• Former HR Manager at AramarkDasko SA

• Grecotel Rhodos Royal - Human Resources Manager
 

Elena Gavala

Chief Information Officer

Master in Decision Science

at Athens University of

Economics & Business

BSc in Informatics at

AUEB University

• Former Financial Analysis Director at Travel Plan SA

• Former Financial Planning & Analysis Director

at Classical Hotels SA

• Former Operation Systems Analyst at Grecotel SA

• Former Purchasing Manager at Informatics Computers SA

Haris Neofytidis

General Manager, Metropol Palace

Hellenic Open University of Patras

MBA in Tourism Business Administration

• General  Manager, The Met Hotel, Thessaloniki
• General Manager, Imperial Hotel, Athens
• General Manager, King George Palace, Thessaloniki

Georgios Koltsidas

Director of Engineering

NTUA

Architecture

• Over 8 years of engineering experience in hotel industry

Elias Sachinidis

Group F&B Director

School of tourism business

Thessaloniki

  • • F&B Manager, Porto Palace, Thessaloniki
    • Maitre d’hotel, Porto Palace, Thessaloniki
    • Maitre d’hotel, Rhodes Paradise Mare Aldemar Hotels, Rhodes