Alumnus Profiled: Giuseppe Giano
Graduated: Deree ‘89
Lives in: Athens, Greece
Current Position: President, EUROXX Securities S.A. (Financial Services)
“Keep an open mind.”
GIUSEPPE GIANO was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1968 and graduated from Deree in 1989. He later earned an MSc in Finance from City University in London. He started his career as a head analyst for Pentedekas Securities (1990-93) and in 1995 he was one of the founding partners of Euroxx Securities S.A. which today is the leading independent financial services firm in Greece employing a staff of 80 highly skilled professionals. Giuseppe is married and the father of three children.
Q.: What are three enduring lessons you learned during your studies at Deree?
- You cannot achieve anything without having a wish.
- You cannot achieve anything without having a plan.
- You cannot achieve anything without putting an effort.
Q.: Describe Deree in three words.
Q.: One of your favorite Deree memories?
I have so many amazing memories from my Deree days that it does not feel appropriate to choose just a single one. What I cannot forget though (and it still comes back to me when I sometimes visit the campus) is a felling of “being at home”, a feeling of an absolute ease which I used to enjoy very much as a student!
Q.: What do you miss most from your days at Deree?
The fun and the feeling that life is all ahead of me, the thought that I could become anything I chose to! The feeling that the possibilities are endless…
Q.: Where was your favorite spot on campus?
The cafeteria. And the basketball court.
Q.: Who was your favorite professor and why?
Mr. Theoharakis; he taught by making us think.
Q.: Have you kept in touch with any of your classmates?
I still keep in touch with many of my classmates and a few are really close friends. Those that I have lost contact with, I am always happy to hear about!
Q.: How did Deree help prepare you for your professional life?
It was at Deree that I first realized what turned out to be the most valuable lesson for my professional life: I am the only person responsible for doing the things I have to do, when they ought to be done, whether I like it or not.
Q.: What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Before you talk, listen.
Q.: What (or who) inspires you most?
Although I am fascinated by the extremely “rich and successful”, the people that I truly admire are those that manage to distribute back to the society their experience, their knowledge and their wealth.
Q.: Your motto in life?
“Keep an open mind.”
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