Christos Papoutsy to Speak at Athenian Conference on Business Ethics


Christos Papoutsy

Contact: Melissa Dickinson, Hellenic Communication Service,


Date: May 6, 2004

Portsmouth, NH, USA—The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, located in Athens, Greece, announces the theme of its annual mid-year conference: Corporate Social Responsibility: Building Responsible Companies. The conference will be held on June 3, 2004 at the Hilton Hotel in Athens; Mr. Papoutsy will be the luncheon keynote speaker for the conference.

Under the leadership of Mr. Alexandros Lamnidis, Executive Director, Ms. Angela Boyatzis and the staff of the chamber released the agenda for the conference. It includes presentations by a number of prominent business leaders from
Greece and the United States.


At the conclusion of the morning presentations and debate, digivoting and discussion among the speakers, Thomas J. Miller, Ambassador of the United States, will speak at the chamber's luncheon. The title of his talk will be "Business Ethics in the Corporate World." It will be followed by Mr. Papoutsy, whose speech will be titled, "Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, and Economic Freedom."


The agenda for the entire conference includes a daylong series of pertinent lectures and discussions. In the morning, the president of the chamber, Stephanos Costopoulos, will open the event, followed by Lorraine Batler, the chair of the women's steering committee. The first session speakers will be corporate executives from leading companies addressing "Implementing CSR Programs Into Your Core Business Strategy": Dimitris Michopoulos of Vodafon; Lyda Modiano-Leon of EFG Eurobank Ergasias S.A.; Despina Yannouli of Diageo Hellas S.A., and Andreas Christodoulakis of Flash 96 as moderator. Second-session speakers will cover the topic, "Corporate Citizenship & Sustainable Growth;" these executives are Maurice Siakkis of Ford Motor Hellas S.A.I.C.; Vassilis Goudes of House Market S.A. (IKEA); Efharis Perpinia of Athenian Brewery S.A.; Litsa Panayotopoulos of Oracle Hellas S.A., with Chrysoula Exarchou of Express Daily Financial Newspaper moderating. Sophia Tsiliyanni of Alpha Television will moderate a debate and discussion at the conclusion of both morning sessions.


The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce organizes and sponsors a wide variety of business events and functions annually. Its mission statement is to "strive for continuous improvement of American-Hellenic commercial, financial, and political relations, through increased membership and through the organization of top quality events, exhibitions, fora, seminars and congresses on both sides of the Atlantic." For more information on the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, log onto its website at


Christos Papoutsy is the former owner and president of Hollis Engineering-Cooper Electronics Co., with sales in the hundreds of millions worldwide, and director of United States Arbitration & Mediation Co. A noted Greek-American philanthropist, Archon of the Greek Orthodox Church, and member of Leadership 100, Mr. Papoutsy presently writes and lectures on business, entrepreneurship and business ethics. He is also an accomplished musician (santouri, percussion) and the conductor and founder of the 30-piece Hellenic and Near Eastern Musical Society Orchestra. He and his wife, Mary Papoutsy, established the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at Southern New Hampshire University in 2001. They also founded and are publishers of Hellenic Communication Service. For more information about this Internet-based news and information service, or about Mr. and Mrs. Papoutsy, visit the About Us or Business Arena of the website at