02/06/2022

Convert Group Appoints Panayotis Gezerlis as President and Andreas Petropoulos as new Chief Executive Officer

Convert Group announced that Panayotis Gezerlis, the company’s founder and former Chief Executive Officer, will take over the role of President while continuing to work full-time for the company. Andreas Petropoulos, who previously served as Chief Revenue Officer, will succeed Panayotis in the position of Chief Executive Officer of Convert Group, as of June 1st, 2022. Elena Chailazopoulou will continue to serve as Chief Product Officer and Deputy CEO of Convert Group. The new CEO was selected directly from the 2 main shareholders of Convert Group, P. Gezerlis & E. Chailazopoulou, and with the full support of Convert Group’s Board of Directors.

Andreas Petropoulos, 44 years-old, is a seasoned leader with extensive experience in innovative tech start-ups and organisations utilizing the Software-as-a-Service business model and worldwide operations. Prior to Convert Group, Andreas has worked as a Director at Microsoft, as the COO of Softomotive, and for 13 years in key positions at Upstream, including 4 years as its COO. He also has work experience in managerial roles in the telecommunications and defence sectors. He holds an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree, a Master’s degree in Satellite Communications, and an MBA from Alba University.

Panayotis Gezerlis and Elena Chailzopoulou commented: “We have made tremendous progress towards our goals, and we will tirelessly continue working towards our vision together with Andreas. We saw how Andreas transformed Convert Group in the 1.5yrs he is working with us: he built a sales organization from ground up, architected an efficient operations structure and forged our management culture. That’s why we feel he is the right leader to follow, while we scale towards a bigger organisation. We both remain full-time executives of Convert Group, providing our service towards our shared vision: to become the global standard in the way retailers and brands collaborate with data.”

Andreas Petropoulos commented: “I am really honoured by Pan’s and Elena’s decision and I couldn’t be more excited about the great opportunity ahead of us! The fact that the 3 of us are complementary to each other and that we are also surrounded by Yorgos Panzaris (our CTO), Katerina Tseva (our HRD) and 60 more talented Converters makes me confident about our future. My role has always been the same in Upstream & Softomotive while we were scaling: enabling others to be the best they can be. And I will do just that. Enable Pan to be the voice of Convert, conveying our vision, relieved from his day to day tasks, at a time where we need to establish ourselves with reputable institutional investors, global retailers & leading brands. Enable Elena to make eRetail Suite the global standard in the way Retailers and Brands collaborate through data. I am excited for what lies ahead for Convert Group. Onwards and upwards!”

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