Alumna Profiled: Konstantina Vitoratou
Graduated: DEREE '87
Lives in: Athens, Greece
Current Position: Ombudsman, National Bank of Greece Group
“High achievements in life always ‘follow’ high expectations”
KONSTANTINA VITORATOU was born in New York and graduated from Deree in 1987 with a degree in Marketing Management. She also holds an MSc in Public Administration from Troy State University, USA. She began her banking career in 1985 at American Express and Merchants National Bank and Trust Company. Later she worked for Dutch ABN AMRO Bank NV in the retail and leasing units. She was General Manager for National Bank of Greece’s (NBG) subsidiary Ethnokarta and headed NBG Group’s International Retail Banking Division for the subsidiary banks in SE Europe, Cyprus and Egypt. In March 2012 she undertook the role of NBG Ombudsman for the bank and subsidiary insurance company Ethniki Asfalistiki. She has served on various boards, such as the board of Mastercard Europe, NBG supervisory councils for Egypt & Albania, and Action Plan S.A. She is married and has a 12-year-old daughter.
Q.: What are three enduring lessons you learned during your studies at DEREE?
- Never stop learning.
- You need to address both sides of an issue.
- Teambuilding is great for building trust, accountability and delivering results.
Q.: Describe DEREE in three words.
Progressive, leader, independent.
Q.: One of your favorite DEREE memories?
Q.: What do you miss most from your days at DEREE?
Being at that carefree age when you’re an adult, feeling that everything is exciting and new, without having yet accumulated that many responsibilities.
Q.: Where was your favorite spot on campus?
The cafeteria since it was a fun place to be and the best place to connect!
Q.: Who was your favorite professor and why?
Professor Tsikalakis. By attending his Marketing Management courses and by conducting business cases we were able to transfer our theoretical knowledge to practice.
Q.: Have you kept in touch with any of your classmates?
Yes, some friendships have flourished. It is impressive how often through business interactions you run into DEREE graduates. It feels great!
Q.: How did DEREE help prepare you for your professional life?
It allowed me the opportunity to combine education and employment thus starting professional development early.
Q.: What's the greatest piece of advice you've ever received?
You are judged at all times.
Networking is vital, never stop building connections.
Q.: What (or who) inspires you most?
Successful leaders/managers who have managed to maintain their ethics.
Q.: Your motto in life?
“High achievements in life always ‘follow’ high expectations”.
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