George Karamanos is a high caliber executive with 25 years of international experience in aviation and marketing, having worked in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He obtained his M.Sc. in Transportation Management, specialising on Aviation Management and Strategy from the University of New York. He started as a consultant with Speedwing/ORCO in 1992, joining Virgin Atlantic in Athens in 1995 as a Marketing and Administration Manager, and in 1999 moved to Hong Kong as Virgin’s Business Development Manager for Asia.
George crossed over to airports in 2000, and became Athens International Airport’s Director of Communications & Marketing, streamlining under one umbrella all marketing and communications activities. During his 9-year tenure, he contributed in making Athens one of the fastest growing European airports, developing an innovative and holistic marketing approach, which resulted in 5 consecutive OAG/Routes Marketing awards (2005-2009).
In 2009, George became Vice-President Corporate Marketing & Communications in Abu Dhabi Airports Company. In 2011, the Airport won the Overall OAG/Routes Airport Marketing Award and become the first airport outside Europe to receive ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation.
In January 2013, George created KPI. Aviation Marketing Solutions, a specialised marketing consultancy firm providing tailored marketing and business development solutions to airport operators, airlines and tourism organisations. Over the past 6 years KPI has been servicing more than 25 airports across the world in the areas of marketing, communications, market research, business strategy and training.
George is a member of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council and ACI’s World Economics Committee.