Ioannis Zafirakis - Director, Chief Strategy Officer and Secretary
Ioannis G. Zafirakis serves as our Director, Chief Strategy Officer and Secretary since November 2018. Under his capacity as Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Zafirakis is responsible for establishing and reviewing key strategic priorities and translating them into a comprehensive strategic plan, monitoring the execution of the plan, facilitating and driving key strategic initiatives through inception phase. He is also responsible for communicating the Company's strategy and overall goals internally and externally. He also serves as Director, Chief Strategy Officer and Secretary of Diana Shipping Inc. In addition, he is the Chief Strategy Officer of Diana Shipping Services S.A., where he also serves as Director and Treasurer. Since February 2005, Mr. Zafirakis served for the same companies in various positions such as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice-President and Vice-President. From June 1997 to February 2005, Mr. Zafirakis was employed by Diana Shipping Agencies S.A. where he held a number of positions in its finance and accounting department. From January 2010 to November 2018 Mr. Zafirakis served as Director, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary of Performance Shipping Inc. Mr. Zafirakis is a member of the Business Advisory Committee of the Shipping Programs of ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Studies from City University Business School in London and a master's degree in International Transport from the University of Wales in Cardiff.