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.