Board and Management
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
George Economou has over 40 years of experience in the maritime industry and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dryships Inc. since its incorporation in 2004. He successfully took the Company public in February 2005, on NASDAQ under the trading symbol: DRYS. Mr. Economou has overseen the Company's growth into one of the largest US listed drybulk company in fleet size and revenue and the third largest Panamax owner in the world. The Company subsequently invested in and developed Ocean Rig UDW Inc., an owner of drilling rigs and drillships involved in ultra deepwater drilling. Mr. Economou is the Chairman of Ocean Rig UDW Inc and served as Ocean Rig Chief Executive Officer from 2010 until 2017. Mr. Economou is a member of ABS Council, Intertanko Hellenic Shipping Forum and Lloyds Register Hellenic Advisory Committees. Since 2010, he has been a member of the board of directors of Danaos Corporation. Mr. Economou is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Master of Science in Shipping and Shipbuilding Management.
President, Chief Financial Officer and Director
Anthony Kandylidis has served as our President and Chief Financial Officer since December 2016 and was appointed a director in July 2017. Mr. Kandylidis was previously our Executive Vice President since January 2015. Mr. Kandylidis also serves as Executive Vice Chairman and director of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. an international contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services and is also a director of the IADC. Mr. Kandylidis also served as Ocean Rig President and Chief Financial Officer from December 2016 until December 2017. Mr. Kandylidis, in September 2006 also founded OceanFreight Inc.a shipping company listed on the NASDAQ, that was absorbed by DryShips through a merger in 2011. Mr. Kandylidis studied Civil Engineering at Brown University and also holds an MSc. in Ocean Systems Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Kandylidis is also the nephew of Mr. George Economou.
George Demathas was appointed to our board of directors on July 18, 2006. Mr. Demathas was also a director of Ocean Rig ASA from 2008 to 2010. Since 2001, Mr. Demathas has been the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Stroigasitera Inc., a privately held company that finances and develops natural gas infrastructure projects in Central Asia, and since 1996, Mr. Demathas has invested in natural gas trunk pipelines in Central Asia. Since 1991, Mr. Demathas has been involved in Malden Investment Trust Inc. in association with Lukoil, working in the Russian petrochemical industry. Mr. Demathas was a principal in Marketing Systems Ltd., where Mr. Demathas supplied turnkey manufacturing equipment to industries in the Former Soviet Union. Mr. Demathas has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics from Hamilton College in New York and an Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Columbia University.
Harry Kerames was appointed to our board of directors on July 29, 2009. Mr. Kerames has over 22 years of experience in the transportation industry. Mr. Kerames is the President and founder of Blue Star LLC, a marine consultant and advisor firm. Mr. Kerames has been the Managing Director of Global Capital Finance, where he was responsible for the firm's shipping practice. Prior to joining Global Capital Finance in 2006, he was the Chief Marketing Officer at Charles R. Weber Company Inc., where he brokered the freight derivative business, and co-founded a freight derivatives hedge fund. Mr. Kerames has also held various directorships, senior level marketing positions, and consultative roles with Illinois Central Railroad, Genstar Corporation, Motive Power Industries, Hub Group Distribution Services, and Ship and Transportation Equipment Finance and OceanFreight Inc. Mr. Kerames is a member of the Baltic Exchange, the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce, and the Connecticut Maritime Association. Mr. Kerames graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut. Mr Kerames is the chairman of our Audit Committee.
Andreas Argyropoulos was appointed to the Board of the Company as of July 26, 2017. Mr. Argyropoulos worked for Ocean Rig UDW Inc. for five years in a variety of positions, including the Marketing department and then serving as Communications Manager. Before joining Ocean Rig UDW Inc. in 2012, he worked as Marketing Manager for Nike Greece from 2006-2009. He also has extensive experience in international event management. Mr. Argyropoulos received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Boston University and a Master’s degree from the CIES/FIFA Master in Neuchatel, Switzerland. He speaks five languages fluently.
George Kokkodis was appointed to the Board of the Company as of November 21, 2017. Mr. Kokkodis from 2009 to January 2015, has been an Independent Business Introducer and Independent Client Advisor of financial investments at BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA, where he was a Senior Private Banker from 2003 to 2009 and the Head of the Greek Private Banking Desk at BNP Paribas London from 1999 to 2003. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Kokkodis was Vice President of Private Banking at Merrill Lynch International Bank, London UK and, from 1996 to 1998 held the same position at Merrill Lynch Bank Suisse S.A. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Private Banking at Bankers Trust International PLC, London UK from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Kokkodis holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology and a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow. Mr. Kokkodis was a member of the board of directors of MIG Real Estate from April 2011 to September 2015. Mr. Kokkodis was a member of the board of directors of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. from September 2015 to November 2017.
Vice President of Finance
Dimitris Dreliozis was appointed as our Vice President of Finance in December 2016. He had previously served as our Financial Controller since December 2015, and has 13 years of finance and accounting experience, including 9 years in various senior financial positions within the DryShips Group, including Ocean Rig. For the period from July 2004 to May 2008, Mr. Dreliozis worked as an external auditor for Deloitte. Mr. Dreliozis is a graduate of the Athens University of Economics and Business.