Senior Advisors

Our Senior Advisors complement and support our consulting team with their extensive experience and network in matters of family business governance and succession topics as well as particular sector expertise.

John Costopoulos

John Costopoulos

Greece | United Kingdom

John Costopoulos was born in Egypt, raised in Athens and has lived and worked in Switzerland, the US, the UK and Greece. He studied Econometrics at the University of Southampton and received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

He started his career in the consumer goods industry and worked for Procter & Gamble, Diageo and Johnson & Johnson, where he held general management and regional management positions (Middle East, Western / Central / Eastern Europe). He afterwards joined the management consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton in London, where he served clients mostly across Europe in the areas of business and corporate strategy, organisation and restructuring, operational efficiency improvements and post-merger integration. In 2001, John became the CEO of a family-owned refining and oil trading business, subsequently listed on the Athens Stock Exchange and then, following a merger, the CEO of Hellenic Petroleum Group.

From 2015, John has held several NED roles on the Boards of both listed and family-owned businesses – and served as a senior advisor to family offices. Throughout his career, John has championed strong corporate governance, alignment of shareholders and management, executive development and succession planning.

Tony Bogod

Tony Bogod

United Kingdom

Tony Bogod was born in the United Kingdom and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Economics at Manchester University. He is an FCA and a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute (FFI).

Tony joined BDO (then Stoy Hayward) in 1980, where he was a partner for 17 years, and held a variety of roles including CEO of the Centre for Family Business. He consulted with many of the largest UK family-owned groups and family offices, facilitating the owners and Board members through highly sensitive and personal issues relating to ownership and management succession, and creating governance structures such as family constitutions, counsels, and young generation forums. Since 2005, Tony has worked as CEO and consultant to three single Family Offices.

Tony was the first Chairman of the Advisory Board of the UK Institute for Family Business and is a published author, researcher and a regular speaker on this specialist area. From 2016 to 2018, Tony was the London Chair of Tiger 21, a peer-to-peer learning network for high net worth individuals who have had major liquidity events, who serve each other as a personal Board of Advisors.

Nelson Echeverría López

Nelson Echeverría López

Colombia

Nelson Echeverría is an Agro-Engineer and Master in Business Administration of the Universidad de Chile, and a graduate of the Senior Executive Education Program of Columbia University.

He started his professional career as a manager for Química Stauffer Chile and for ICI in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador. In 1994, he joined BASF as part of the leadership team in Mexico and as member of the Regional Board for Central America and the Caribbean. From 1995 to 2015, he acted as CEO of BASF for the Andean region.

Nelson was active in various leadership functions in the Colombian industrial sector, e.g. as President of the Agro Division of the Association of Colombian Industrialists, as VP of the German-Colombian Chamber of Commerce and as co-founder of the German-Colombian Association for Science and Technology. He is currently president of the Chilean-Colombian Chamber of Commerce.

Nelson has broad experience in corporate strategy, HR and leadership/change management. He was in charge of numerous restructurings, M&A projects and transformations of corporate culture. He serves on several corporate boards in Latin America.