Our People

 

Zeus’ Management Team has significant real estate experience and a proven track record investing across various transaction structures, geographic locations and property types, with its founders and senior management team having executed in excess of €7 billion of real estate deals during the last 30 years. Our  Team members are strategically located in the USA, Poland, Greece, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Cyprus and are supported by top-grade consultants, who in turn strengthen Zeus’ local presence in the target regions.

Our Team enjoys the guidance and advise of a world-class group of Advisors.

Senior Management Team

Stelios Zavvos – Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Zavvos is the Founder and CEO of Zeus Group with over 30 years of corporate and real estate experience in Europe and the USA. He was the Founder and CEO of Continental American Capital, an investment group which focused on real estate investment and financing in the USA. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Member of the Investment Committee of Orilina Properties, a real estate investment company (REIC) investing in Greece. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of publicly listed EuroSite Power Inc (OTCPK: EUSP) and was formerly a Member of the Board of Directors of the NASDAQ listed Star Bulk Carriers Corp, serving on the Board’s Audit Committee. He previously held positions in blue-chip companies, such as Citibank, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Zavvos is also active in the civil society as the Chairman of the Board of SolidarityNow Foundation which supports immigrants and society groups that are the hardest hit by the economic crisis in Greece. He is also the Founder and President of the Harvard Business School Club of Greece, one of the leading fora in Southeastern Europe which addresses the economic, geopolitical and social issues; in addition, he is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a Member of the International Crisis Group’s International Advisory Council. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MSc in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University of Athens.

Ed Rotter – Principal

Mr. Rotter is a Principal of Zeus US Realty Services and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zeus Capital Partners. He has over 30 years of investment experience, acquiring over $5 billion in real estate while serving as Managing Director and Partner for ING Clarion and prior firms including Jones Lang LaSalle and Baring Advisors. He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of NY and the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Rotter graduated from Yale College with a BA in political Science and obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lila Pateraki – Chief Investment Officer

Ms. Pateraki has over 20 years of development, project and asset management experience internationally with blue-chip development companies. Prior to joining Zeus, Ms. Pateraki worked in Lamda Development Group, J&P Development (in Greece and Romania) and Turner Construction Corporation (in the U.S.). She carries a vast experience in all phases of real estate investments, having been involved in some of the largest, high profile development projects in the commercial, residential, industrial, tourism and marinas sector in Greece, U.S.A. U.A.E and South Eastern Europe. Ms. Pateraki joined Zeus in 2007 and she is responsible for the transaction origination and execution as well as the asset management of the investments of Zeus in Europe. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and an MSc in Civil Engineering from the National Polytechnic in Athens.

Demetris Panayi –Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Panayi has been involved in the investment management industry for over 14 years assuming various roles. Prior to joining Zeus in 2009, Mr. Panayi worked at the private equity finance division of Lehman Brothers in New York focusing on European Mezzanine and Real Estate Mezzanine funds. He previously was as an auditor in the investment management division of Deloitte in New York. He joined Deloitte in 2002 and was involved mainly in the audits of private equity and hedge funds. At Zeus, Mr. Panayi’s primary responsibilities include transaction structuring and execution of Zeus’ investments in Europe and the USA, debt financings and equity fundraisings, financial reporting and compliance, investor relations and treasury operations. He holds a BS (Hons) in accounting from Rutgers University and an MBA from Manchester Business School. Mr. Panayi is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

 

 

Management Team

Monica Neamtu – Asset Manager

Ms. Neamtu joined the Zeus team in 2010 as an Asset Manager responsible for the all operational matters regarding Zeus’ investments in Romania. She was previously a General Manager for Brooklyn Investment, the real estate development arm of Summa, a Turkish group of companies with presence in Central Europe, Turkey and the USA. Prior to that, she was Administrative Manager for the Bucharest Corporate Center, and Project Manager Assistant for Ekter Construct, where she mostly dealt with project management and coordination activities in real estate development. She holds a BA with double major in Economics and in Engineering, and an MA in Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.

Maya Zika – Asset Manager

Ms. Zika assumed in 2012 the role of Asset Manager responsible for Zeus’ investments in Bulgaria. Since 1998, she was the owner of a Bulgarian financial consulting company focusing on the area of property management. From 1994 to 1998 she was the CFO of two Bulgarian advertising agencies, namely Mondial Promotions SA and Informer SA. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as Senior Expert at the Department of the Secretariat of the Cabinet Minister at the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development and Construction. She holds a BA in Business and Entrepreneurship from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Katarzyna Socha – Asset Manager

Mrs. Socha joined Zeus in February 2019 as an Asset Manager responsible for Zeus investments in Poland. Prior to Zeus, she worked for Master Management Group as Director of Property Operations and Asset Manager in charge of the management activities of a number of retail and office properties in Poland. She joined Master Management Group in 2006 as commercial Property Manager and was later promoted to Director of Leasing, responsible for the commercialization of shopping centers. Prior to Master Management Group, she worked for 3 years as a sales specialist at Nova 2 S.A., a Polish company operating in the wellness and health industry. She holds an MSc in Tourism and Recreation, Tourist Economy from the University of Economics in Warsaw and has completed postgraduate courses in Property Management. She currently holds the license of Property Manager issued by the Polish Ministry of Transportation, Construction and Maritime Economy.

Gabor Erdelyi – Investment Manager

Gabor Erdelyi has over 13 years of real estate investment and asset management in the Hungarian real estate market. Prior to joining Zeus, Mr. Erdelyi worked as Associate at Cushman & Wakefield’s Capital Markets team in Budapest, advising international investors, such as Morgan Stanley, Blackstone and Atenor. He previously was the Head of the Real Estate Asset Management team in Hungary for Raiffeisen Real Estate Fund. He joined Reiffeisen in 2005 as an investment analyst. Mr. Erderlyi began his career in 2003 as a Junior Consultant at KPMG’s Business Advisory Services Team. He joined Zeus in May 2016 and he is involved with the company’s acquisition activities in CEE, as well as managing the investment portfolio in Hungary. He holds an MSc in Management Consulting from the University of Pécs, Faculty of Business and Economics.

Cosmin Sandulescu – Investment Manager

Mr. Sandulescu has been an Investment Manager for Zeus’ investments in Romania since 2010. From 2005 to 2010 he was development and acquisitions Manager for Brooklyn Investment, the real estate development arm of Summa, a Turkish group of companies with presence in Central Europe, Turkey and the USA. From 2003 to 2005 he was involved in the sourcing of new projects for Summa in Romania. He obtained a BA in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of Constructions in Bucharest, and a BA in Management from University Spiru Haret.

Katerina Tsoka – Finance Manager

Ms. Tsoka joined Zeus in 2007 assuming a Manager position responsible for financial operations and investor relations activities. She commenced her career in 1998 with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, and between 2002 and 2007 held managerial posts in business development for Continental American Capital, an investment group focusing on real estate investment and financing in the USA, and in product development for H&A, a London investment consulting firm with expertise in designing and developing financial products for European and US Multi-Family Offices. She obtained her MSc in European Policy and Management from the University of London, and holds a BA with a double major in Economics and in Theater Arts from Clark University, USA.

Panagiota Billa – Communications Manager

Mrs. Billa joined Zeus in 2017 and is responsible for the marketing and communication activities of Zeus. She has over 20 years of corporate events and communication management experience in fast-growing industries like telecommunications, enterprise mobility, and renewable-energy. Mrs. Billa was responsible for executing a portfolio of corporate events, both national and global, from the concept stage to the execution and the post-event evaluation. Prior to joining Zeus, Mrs. Billa worked for Globo, a pioneer in the Greek market regarding enterprise mobility management and application development, Espace Technologies, a privately held company specializing in the development of renewable energy projects, Millennium Telecom Stores and Unifon of Panafon Group. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from the College of Southeastern Europe and a Bachelor in Faculty of Early Childhood Education from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Simona Tzacheva – Property Manager

Mrs. Tzacheva joined Zeus in 2010 as a Property Manager. Her responsibilities at Zeus cover residential property development and sales activities in Bulgaria. Prior joining Zeus from 2005 until 2010 she worked as a development manager for Cosmopolis Sofia, a residential development company. Prior to that, she worked as a real estate broker for Helios Sofia and she was also responsible for the construction of various internal design projects with Steven Leach Associates Bulgaria Ltd. She holds a BA is Psychology and Gymnastics from the University of Sofia.

Valentin Velichkov – Facilities Manager

Mr. Velichkov joined Zeus in 2012 as a Facility Manager responsible for all technical aspects of the company’s operations in Sofia. He Velichkov has a broad experience in construction and supervision and has worked on multiple projects in Germany, Belgium and Sofia. From 1996-1998 he worked for ABC Engineering in Germany and from 2000-2008 he worked for Lidner Group in Germany and Belgium for various company projects. He also was the chief power engineer for Kintex EAD for five years. Mr. Vekichkov is a certified technician on the fields of electrotechnical, HVAC and metal structure construction.

Constantine Zavvos – Investment Analyst

Mr. Zavvos joined Zeus in 2017 as an Investment Analyst. His primary responsibilities include the preparation and update of real estate market research and reports, financial modeling and analysis of prospective investments. Mr. Zavvos also assists in the investment acquisition process as part of the Investment team. Prior to joining Zeus, Mr. Zavvos worked as a Researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Cincinnati, and has over 7 years of experience in the field of Environmental Quality and Compliance. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Athens (NKUA) and an MSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

 

Advisors

Efthimios Vidalis – Co-Founder & Advisor

Mandated by the Greek Prime Minister in August 2012 to negotiate and lead the reset of the stalled motorways project of Greece, he successfully completed the restructuring, including Contract Execution, Parliamentary Ratification, EU approvals and financial close of all four motorway concessions in December 2013. This reset immediately enabled an 8bil.€ investment and had a critical importance on the Greek economy, with the creation of 20.000 jobs and 1.2% cumulative impact on Greece’s GDP. Mr. Vidalis was the CEO of S&B Industrial Minerals S.A from 2001 until 2011 and COO from 1998 to 2001 and was on the Board of Directors of the company for 15 years. He held several leadership positions for almost 20 years at Owens Corning, including Vice President of the European Reinforcement business in Brussels (1986-1993) and President of the Global Composites business in the US (1994).

In 1996, he became President of the Insulation business of OC. He is a Member of the Boards of Alpha Bank, TITAN S.A. and Fairfield-Maxwell Ltd. (U.S.A.), where he serves as Chairman of the Strategy & Investment Committee. He was an advisor to the Management and board member of RAYCAP S.A. from 2001 to 2016, Chairman of the Board of the engineering company ENOIA BV from 2011 to June 2013 and member of the board of FUTURE PIPE Industries based in Dubai from 2008 to 2019. Mr. Vidalis served on the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises from 2006 to 2016 (Vice Chairman & Secretary General) and was the founder and Chairman of the Business Council for Sustainable Development of the Federation from 2008 to 2016. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Government and earned an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Thomas Doxiadis – Environmental Design Advisor

Mr. Doxiadis is an Architect and Landscape Architect and the principal of doxiadis+, a design office specializing in ecological design and the integration of architecture and landscape architecture. doxiadis+ is recognized both nationally and internationally as a pioneer in innovative, meaningful design that is respectful of the environment and the particular location. They have received awards such as the prestigious Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award (2010), having both extensive international collaborations and overseas projects.

Mr. Doxiadis was Look of the City Section Manager for the 2004 Olympics, as well as the consultant to the government planning board for the Athens Green Spaces Master plan. He worked in the New York office of Costas Kondylis & Partners LLP, has assisted in the design of the rehabilitation of the Ermoupolis waterfront on the historic island of Syros, the Unification of the Archeological Sites of Athens plan for the Ancient Agora, the design for the new Chancellery of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the design supervision for the new Athens Metro stations. doxiadis+ have completed more than 100 environmentally sensitive and often inventive projects for important clients such as the Greek State, S&B Industrial Minerals, Astir Palace Voulagmenis, and Amanresorts. Mr. Doxiadis is a former Lecturer at the Architecture Department of the University of Patras, and the Architecture Department of the University of Thessaly. Mr. Doxiadis received his B.A, Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, where he received a number of awards including the Hoopes Prize and the Penny White Award. Mr Doxiadis has been an Investment Advisor to Zeus since its inception in 2007.

Apostolos Doxiadis – Hotel Industry Advisor

Mr. Doxiadis was the President of the Scientific Committee (European FORUM) for Tourism Education and Training (Ministry of Tourism Development) and a member of the National Tourism Advisory Board from 2005 to 2015. He is the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Lampsa S.A, quoted in the Athens Stock Exchange, (Owner of the Hotel Grande-Bretagne and Hyatt Belgrade), a post he holds since 1973. He was the Vice President and the President of the Greek Tourism Organization from 1990-1993, the President of the Greek Chamber of Hotels from 1974-1991, and the Managing Director of Hotel Grande Bretagne from 1970-1993. He completed special courses in Hotel Management at Cornell University (1963), and graduated from Heidelberg University (Germany) in 1966, with a diploma in Economics. Speaks fluently English, German and French.