TOP Ships INC. [TOPS]

Friday, October 22, 2010

Evangelos Pistiolis

CEO

Evangelos J. Pistiolis was born in Athens, Greece in 1973 to John Pistiolis, a construction engineer, and to German-born Ellen Pistiolis. Growing up tri-lingually (fluent in English, Greek and German), he completed a private high school in Greece. He went to study in London and graduated from Southampton Institute of Higher Education in 1999 where he studied shipping operations and from the Technical University of Munich in 1994 with a BA in Mechanical Engineering. His career in shipping started in 1992 when he was involved in the day-to-day operations of a small fleet of drybulk vessels. From 1994 through 1995 he worked at Howe Robinson & Co. Ltd., a London shipbroker specializing in container vessels. While studying at Southampton, Mr. Pistiolis oversaw the daily operations of Compass United Maritime Container Vessels, a ship management company located in Greece. Evangelos J. Pistiolis founded the Company in 2000 and is President and CEO serving on the Board of Directors of TS since July 2004. In 2004, Mr. Pistiolis won the “Newsmaker of the Year” award in the Lloyd’s List Shipping Awards. In 2005, Mr. Pistiolis won the “Kouros Award” as the Greek Businessman of the Year with International Recognition, presented by the President of the Hellenic Republic. In 2009, he was appointed Honorary Consul for the Republic of Hungary in Greece.