Andreas Taprantzis is the CEO of Avis Greece, since November 2014. He led a massive turnaround of the company and concluded its successful divestment from the Piraeus Bank in 2017. Valued at €325 million, this was one the biggest transactions in the country. He continued in his role with the new shareholders. Today, Avis is the leading car rental company, with more than 500 people, a wide network of car rental stations, a fleet of 40,000 vehicles, a balance sheet of more than €500 million in assets, annual revenues in excess of €180 million and EBITDA at the range of €100 million.
Prior to his current position, he was the Executive Director of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), since its inception in August 2011 until November 2014. He was responsible for all infrastructure and real estate assets, including airports, ports, marinas, hotels and numerous land plots and properties. During his term, the HRADF materialized contracts worth about €12.5 billion, such as the transactions of the old Athens Airport (Hellinikon), the Astir Palace in Vouliagmeni and the concession of 14 Regional Airports, attracting multiple derivative investments.
In 2009, he was the COO and Managing Director for Retail Banking of the Hellenic Postbank (TT) as well as BoD member and Chairman of the Audit Committee. In December 2010, he assumed the role of Deputy CEO of T Bank (an affiliate of the Hellenic Postbank).
From 2005 up to 2009, he was the CEO of the Hellenic Post Office (ELTA), while at the same time he was member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Postbank (TT). During his term, ELTA were profitable with revenues exceeding €600 million and profits of about €50 million annually, as a result of a wide reorganization and investments in new technologies. His work at ELTA received international distinction and acknowledgement. In August 2008, he was elected, by the 192 Postal Operators of the world, as Chairman of the Postal Operations Council (POC) of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a UN organization based in Bern, for the period 2008 to 2012.
Dr. Taprantzis holds a MSc Degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD Degree in process control and artificial intelligence from the National Technical University of Athens, as well as an MBA and an Advanced Management Certificate (ALP) from INSEAD. He is 54 years old, married with 3 kids.