Angelos Papadimitriou

Chairman and Founder, Athena Ventures
Board member, Humanitas Research Hospital, Dompè Pharmaceuticals
prev. General Manager and co-CEO, Pirelli
prev. CEO, Coesia and Head, GlaxoSmithKline, Italy & South East Europe

Experience & Background: Angelos Papadimitriou is a senior leader with thirty years of experience in the Advanced Industrials and Healthcare sectors. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is the founder and Chairman of Milan-based Athena Ventures, an active investment firm focusing on early stage companies.

Angelos served as General Manager, Co-CEO of Pirelli & C., also being a member of Pirelli’s Board of Directors and of the Board’s Strategy Committee, in 2020-21.

As the CEO of Coesia, over a period of ten years (2010-2019), Angelos led the transformation of the Group to the global leader of the packaging machinery industry, with revenues growing by 2.5 times to circa Euro 2 billion (2019), EBITDA quadrupling to circa Euro 340 million. Coesia, a group of 21 companies, provides high-end industrial and packaging solutions to some of the world’s leading manufacturers in the FMCG, Healthcare, Ceramic tiles and Racing/Automotive industries. Coesia operates directly in 35 countries, with 86 production plants, employing almost 9,000 associates.

Angelos spent seventeen years in the Pharmaceuticals industry, with Merck & Co., Fournier, Schering Plough and GlaxoSmithKline, working in Greece, Spain, Italy, the U.K. and the United States. Most recently he headed GlaxoSmithKline’s Italian & South-East European business.

Early in his career, Angelos worked at McKinsey & Co in New Jersey and served as a Computer Programmer in the Greek Military.

Since 2005, when he moved to Italy, Angelos has been actively involved in Confindustria, Italy’s Employers’ Association, in various regional and national roles, including serving as Vice President of Farmindustria, the Pharmaceutical sector association, as President of Confindustria’s National Committee of Foreign Investors in Italy, and as member of Confindustria’s Presidency Board.

Angelos, who lives in Milan, serves on the Boards of Directors of Dompé Pharmaceuticals, an Italian biopharmaceuticals company, of Humanitas, a leading Italian network of teaching and University Hospitals and of Perspective, a human capital development firm. He is an Executive in Residence at IMD Business School in Lausanne.

Expertise & Interests: Leadership, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, advanced industrials

Contributions to IMD: Guest Speaker (MBA, EMBA or Executive development programs), content development