Global ship tracking and intelligence company MarineTraffic has appointed Nikos Psaltopoulos as its first ever Chief Operating Officer (COO) to bolster the firm’s ambitious 2020 vision. The Athens-headquartered company has grown significantly and is working to make MarineTraffic a more vital tool than ever before for maritime professionals through more data and partnerships.
Mr Psaltopoulos’ background spans over three continents, and includes 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry as well as roles advising numerous tech start-ups. He is an ambassador with Startup Grind, a global startup community powered by Google, and a founder of 1derground, an Australian website focusing on entrepreneurs and technology. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he has recently relocated to Athens to assume the role.
Commenting on the appointment, MarineTraffic Chief Executive Officer Demitris Memos said: “We are very excited to welcome Nikos to the team and are confident that his energy and passion to disrupt will bring about meaningful, positive change.”
“This is a significant move for MarineTraffic and part of our drive to become the world’s leading online platform for the shipping industry, an essential tool for maritime professionals, an information service and the central hub, where they carry out their business activities and collaborate to be more effective in their work.”
“An important part of our new COO’s remit will be to create a high-performance culture at MarineTraffic that can continue to support greater efficiencies in the maritime industry through transparency and access to information.”
Nikos Psaltopoulos said: “I am so impressed by what MarineTraffic has already achieved in 11 years and excited to be part of its next phase of growth. We always need to think like a start-up and ensure that there is a culture of constant innovation at MarineTraffic.”
“The next few years are going to be very exciting as we work towards building a company not just for today or tomorrow, but a company for the future.”
MarineTraffic was founded in 2007 and has grown its headcount to nearly 100 and opened offices in Oxford (UK) and Singapore, along with representatives in Spain and the Philippines. Over six million visitors a month use MarineTraffic.