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Serafeim Kriempardis was appointed to our Board of Directors in December 2009. Mr. Kriempardis previously served as the Head of Shipping of Piraeus Bank from 2007 to 2009 and as the Head of Shipping of Emporiki Bank of Greece from 1999 to 2007. Prior to serving as Head of Shipping at Emporiki Bank, Mr. Kriempardis served in the Project Finance and Corporate and Feasibility departments of the bank. Mr. Kriempardis is an accountant by training and holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business and a Diploma in Management from the McGill University of Canada. Mr. Kriempardis also serves as chairman of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee, and serves on the Conflicts Committee. Mr Kriempardis is an independent director.
Orthodoxia Zisimatou was appointed to our Board of Directors in June 2017. Mrs. Zisimatou has been a practicing maritime lawyer since 1988, focusing on S&P contracts and contracts of affreightment. She has been a member of the Permanent Committee of Maritime Policy, Security and Protection of the Environment and of the Legal Committee of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping since 2007. She has also served as a Maritime Arbitrator for the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping since 2007. Since 2009, Mrs. Zisimatou has acted as the Secretary General of the Union of Piraeus Shipping Lawyers. She earned a bachelor's degree in Law from the faculty of Law of the University of Athens. Mrs. Zisimatou also serves on our Audit and Conflicts Committees and is an independent director.
Alexander Kalafatides has been a member of our board of directors since 2019. Mr. Kalafatides has nearly 30 years of experience in general management and marketing. Mr. Kalafatides holds the position of global sales and marketing director of IUC International LLC, a designer and importer of consumer products, and he also serves as an adjunct professor in International Business at Drexel University. He has been involved in considerable turnarounds in various sectors including the marine sector, where he served as Partner and Vice President of CCSI, Inc., a company acting as the sales agent of the Chevron/Texaco joint venture. Following its successful turnaround, the company was acquired by the Chevron/Texaco group. Mr. Kalafatides received his M.B.A. in marketing and international business from the New York University, his B.S.E. in computer engineering & science at the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate of Director Education from Drexel University's Gupta Governance Institute. Mr. Kalafatides also serves as chairman of the Conflicts Committee and he is an independent director.