Board of Directors
Hellenic Alico Life
Mr. Mario Valdes – Vice president
Mario Valdes is Head of Designated Markets for MetLife Europe (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and Cyprus), General Manager of Czech Republic & Slovakia and a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) for MetLife’s EMEA Region. Before assuming his current position in 2014, Mario was the General Manager of the Gulf countries, one of MetLife’s largest operations in the Middle East. During his 5-year lead, the operation experienced significant growth, particularly in the areas of Bancassurance and Employee Benefits. Mario joined Alico’s Latin America Division as a Management Associate in 1995, and held executive positions in Colombia and Panama. In 2000 he assumed the role of Vice President for Corporate Business in Mexico. In 2005 he was appointed General Manager of Alico’s operation in Turkey. During his multiple assignments, he has been responsible for designing and executing distribution and operational strategies to achieve top and bottom line company objectives. His experience includes distribution of retail and corporate products through Bancassurance, Direct Marketing, Agency and Brokerage. Mario received his Bachelors of Science degree from Arizona State University, and has a Masters in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management – Thunderbird, Arizona.
Mr. Demetrios Efstathiou
Studied B.Eng. in Information Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. Holder of Master of Business Administration (MBA) from London Business School. Commenced his career in 1993 at London Forfaiting Company PLC where he worked until 2001. He held the positions of Associate Director, London (head office) and Managing Director, Hong Kong office – Head of Office. From 2003 until 2007, he worked at Morgan Stanley, London as Proprietary Trader – Head of CEEMEA proprietary trading – Fixed Income Division. In 2008 he joined Argo Capital Management Ltd in London, a hedge fund manager specializing in emerging markets, as Portfolio Manager. From 2010 until 2013 he worked with RBS Global Banking & Markets, London (now Natwest Markets) as Head of Research & Strategy - Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa (CEEMEA) covering currencies, credit and interest rates. In 2013 he joined ICBC Standard Bank Plc, London as Head of Trading Strategy. Since March 2016 he is the Executive Director - Chief Investment Officer (founder and majority shareholder) of Blue Diagonal Capital Ltd, Cyprus a company which has applied to the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission for an AIFM license to provide portfolio management and investment advice to funds including its own umbrella fund. Was appointed Member of the Board of Directors of Hellenic Bank on 29 May 2017. Member of the Risk Management Committee and Member of the Nominations / Internal Governance Committee of the Board of Directors.