An unprecedented battle for the helm of SEV

For the first time in the long history of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV, as it is known from the Greek abbreviation, was founded in 1907), two candidates are vying for the presidency. Shortly after the announcement that the current chairman of the Board of Directors, Dimitri Papalexopoulos and the president of the Executive Committee, Efthimios Vidalis will not to run for a third term, Julia Tsetis and Spyros Theodoropoulos expressed their intention to take over the ‘helm’ of the Federation.

The MSc pharmacist, honorary Doctor of Pharmacy of EKPA and CEO of the Tseti Pharmaceutical Enterprises group (UNI-PHARMA, InterMed, UniHerbo and the commercial company Pharmabelle in Cyprus) is Secretary General of the SEV Board of Directors and head of the Federation’s committee for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She argues that our times compel us to consider other qualitative characteristics and skills of people regardless of gender. If elected, she will be the first female president of SEV.

The vice-president of SEV, Spyros Theodoropoulos, a graduate of Athens University of Economics and Business, runs the food group BESPOKE SGA HOLDINGS, which he founded in early 2022, acquiring the sausage company NIKAS, the chocolatier ION, the ready meals company AMBROSIA, as well as the company HELLENIC JUICES. With a long business career, he has been president of the Union of Listed Companies, vice president of Athens Exchange Group, member of the Boards of Directors of National Bank and PPC. The so-called “council of elders”, i.e. the council of previous SEV presidents, had reportedly offered him the presidency in 2012 and 2014 but he had then declined, citing workload.