Evangelos J. Pistiolis
Chief Executive Officer
Evangelos J. Pistiolis founded our Company in 2000, is our President and Chief Executive Officer and serves on our board of directors since July 2004. Mr. Pistiolis graduated from Southampton Institute of Higher Education in 1999 where he studied shipping operations and from Technical University of Munich in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. His career in shipping started in 1992 when he was involved with the day to day operations of a small fleet of drybulk carriers. From 1994 through 1995 he worked at Howe Robinson & Co. Ltd., a London shipbroker specializing in container vessels. While studying at the Southampton Institute of Higher Education, Mr. Pistiolis oversaw the daily operations of Compass United Maritime Container Vessels, a ship management company located in Greece.
Vangelis G. Ikonomou
Executive Vice President
Vangelis G. Ikonomou is our Executive Vice President and serves on our board of directors since conception in July 2004. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ikonomou worked from 1993 to 2000, within the Operations, Commercial as well as the HSQE departments of Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Ltd. a major ship-management company in Greece and from 2000 to end of 2001 as a second-hand vessels Sales & Purchase broker and shipping research analyst at George Moundreas & Company S.A. in Piraeus. He joined the group early 2002 and served as the Commercial Director of Primal Tankers Inc. the then ship-management company of the group.
Mr. Ikonomou holds a M.Sc. in Shipping Trade and Finance, from CASS Business School in London, UK. A B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from Athens University of Economics and Business, in Greece and a Navigation Officer Degree, from the Higher State Merchant Marine Academy of Greece.
Chief Financial Officer
Alexandros Tsirikos is Executive Director of our Board of Directors since November 2008 and Chief Financial Officer since April 2009. Mr. Tsirikos is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and has been employed with Top Ships since July 2007 as the Company's Corporate Development Officer. Prior to joining TOP SHIPS, Mr Tsirikos was a manager with PricewaterhoouseCoopers where he worked for six years. During his career with PwC, Mr. Tsirikos drew experience both from consulting as well as auditing as he was a member of the PwC Advisory team and the Assurance team. As a member of the Advisory team, he lead and participated in numerous projects in the public and the private sectors, involving strategic planning and business modelling, investment analysis and appraisal, feasibility studies, costing and project management. As a member of the Assurance team, Mr. Tsirikos was part of the IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) technical team of PwC Greece and lead numerous IFRS conversion projects for listed companies. He holds an MSc in Shipping Trade and Finance from City University of London and a Bachelor's Degree with honours in Business Administration from Boston University in the United States. He speaks English, French and Greek.
Top Tankers, Inc. is a provider of international seaborne transportation services carrying refined petroleum products and crude oil. As of December 31, 2006, the Company's fleet consisted of 24 vessels (including 18 vessels sold and leased-back), consisting of 11 double-hull Handymax product tankers and 13 double-hull Suezmax tankers, with a total cargo carrying capacity of approximately 2.5 million deadweight tons (dwt). TOP manages the deployment of the fleet between spot market voyage charters, which generally last from several days to several weeks, and time charters, which can last up to several years. During the year ended December 31, 2006, the Company sold and leased-back four double-hull Handymax, four double-hull Suezmax and five double-hull Suezmax tankers for a period of 5 years, 5 years and 7 years, respectively. The Company entered into an agreement with SPP Shipbuilding Co, Ltd of the Republic of Korea for the construction of six Product/Chemical tankers.