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Sir Stelios Hatzi-Ioannou official CV 12 August 2022

Stelios is best known for creating the easy family of brands starting with easyJet in 1994 when he was just 27. Six years later he floated the airline on the www.londonstockexchange.com in order to fund growth but he and his family remain the largest shareholders holding about 26% of the shares. The stock market currently values easyJet PLC at about £4.7 billion. When the COVID Pandemic struck the airline was carrying about 100 million passengers per year but the numbers are now substantially reduced. The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation’s mission is to support a diverse range of charitable activities, primarily in places where the founder has lived and worked – the UK, Greece, Cyprus and Monaco.

The family of easy enterprises ( www.easy.com ) (www.easygroup.com.gr ) A strategic decision taken during easyJet’s listing on the stock exchange implied that the ownership of the easy brand remained in Stelios’ private eteria, easyGroup, based in London and with offices in Athens, Nicosia and Monaco. Today, easyGroup now enjoys a steady income from licensing the use of the easy brand by many businesses, including of course the airline. Thus, every time someone buys an easyJetticket, easyGroup collects 0.25% of the ticket price for the use of the badge. Since 1995 the family of easy brands has been adopted by companies with a variety of activities. All of them offer consumers“more value for less money”. For example, easyHotel.com, which has been listed on the BRITISH stock exchange since 2014 in which easyGroup owns 28% of the shares. Other easy brands include: www.easyBus.com, www.easyCar.com, www.easyFly.co.uk, www.easyHub.com, www.easyMoney.com, www.easyProperty.com, www.easy.Coffee, www.easyGym.com, www.easyStorage.com, www.easyFerry.com as well as many others supported by more than 1000 registered brands. Stelios always looks for carefully selected partners and entrepreneurs with whom he jointly expands the family of easy brands. easyGroup also has a strict legal policy to stop the theft of the trade name.

Philanthropic work: Stelios began to “give back to society” when he reached the age of 40 and since then he has formalized his charitable contribution by creating the Stelios Hadjioannou Charitable Foundation (www.stelios.org, www.steliosfoundation.gr), to which he now devotes about a third of his time. The foundation supports a wide range of philanthropic activities, mainly in the countries where Stelios has lived and worked, namely Greece, Cyprus, the United Kingdom, and Monaco. The “Food from the Heart” program has been supported by over 200,000 people every month in Greece and Cyprus since 2013 https://steliosfoundation.gr/faghto-apo-kardias. In Cyprus, the Foundation has been donating €500,000 in cash annually since 2008 to Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots working together for lasting peace on the island https://steliosfoundation.com.cy/peace-cyprus-bicommunal-prizes/ . The Foundation provides scholarships every year – having supported to date more than 250 students (mainly from Greece and Cyprus) – to the three educational institutions from which Stelios graduated, namely the Douka Schools in Athens www.doukas.gr, the London School of Economics and the Cass Business School of the City University in London. Other good causes are supported by regular donations to non-profit organizations (NGOs), such as the environmental charity www.wwf.org which is also supported by the Prince Albert II Charitable Foundation of Monaco. (www.fpa2.org ). Some of the NGOs supported by the Stelios Foundation in Greece are Mazi for Children, The Smile of the Child, ELEPAP, Arcturos, Make a Wish Greece, the Hellenic Red Cross, UNHCR Greece and many others. In 2018, after the deadly fires in Mati, Attica, he gave from €5000 to the closest relative of each deceased, with the total amount of the donation reaching € 505,000

Τον Μάιο του 2017 ο Στέλιος έγινε μέλος της ομάδας της πρωτοβουλίας Giving Pledge (https://givingpledge.org/Pledger.aspx?id=334 ) ,αυτοδεσμευόμενος να δωρίσει στο ίδρυμά του μέσω της διαθήκης του ,  τη μισή του περιουσία , ώστε το Ίδρυμα να μπορεί να αυτοχρηματοδοτηθεί στο διηνεκές. Η πρωτοβουλία Giving Pledge ξεκίνησε το 2010 από τους Bill και Melinda Gates και Warren Buffet.

Το οικογενειακό ιστορικό : Ο Στέλιος γεννήθηκε στις 14 Φεβρουαρίου 1967 στην Αθήνα, γιος του αείμνηστου ελληνοκύπριου εφοπλιστή  ,  Λούκα Χατζηιωάννου. Ο Στέλιος ξεκίνησε την επιχειρηματική του σταδιοδρομία με  τον πατέρα του στην Τρόοδος Shipping στον Πειραιά,  και εργάστηκε εκεί μέχρι την ηλικία των 25 ετών, όταν και πήρε την πρώτη οικονομική ενίσχυση  από τον πατέρα του και  ίδρυσε την δική του εταιρία δεξαμενόπλοιων με την επωνυμία  Stelmar . Η εταιρία εισήχθη στο www.NYSE.com  το 2001 και πωλήθηκε σε έναν ανταγωνιστή το 2005 για περίπου US $ 1,3δις.

Τιμητικές διακρίσεις : Το 2006, στην ηλικία των 39 ετών, ο Στέλιος έλαβε το χρίσμα του  ιππότη από την Βασίλισσα του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου  Ελισάβετ Β’  για τις υπηρεσίες του στην επιχειρηματικότητα. Από το 2009 είναι Επίτιμος Γενικός Πρόξενος της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας στο Πριγκιπάτο του Μονακό – όπου και  διαμένει τον περισσότερο καιρό. Το 2016 ο Στέλιος ίδρυσε το www.Gustaviayachtclub.org  και είναι ο Πρόεδρος του Ναυτικού Ομίλου του St.Barts στην Καραϊβική . Ο Στέλιος έχει ανακηρυχθεί επίτιμος Διδάκτωρ  από τα Πανεπιστήμια City, Grandfield, Liverpool John Moores και  Northumbria (Newcastle) . Από το 2018 είναι πρόεδρος των εταίρων επιχειρηματικότητας  του Prince’s Trust  στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο, μιαs φιλανθρωπικήs οργάνωσηs που ιδρύθηκε από τον  Πρίγκιπα Κάρολο  της Ουαλίας. https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/support-our-work/major-gifts/enterprise-fellowship/members

 

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou official CV

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou official CV Updated 12 August 2022

Stelios is best known for creating the easy family of brands starting with easyJet in 1994 when he was just 27. Six years later he floated the airline on the www.londonstockexchange.com in order to fund growth but he and his family remain the largest shareholders holding about 26% of the shares. The stock market currently values easyJet PLC at about £4.7 billion. When the COVID Pandemic struck the airline was carrying about 100 million passengers per year but the numbers are now substantially reduced. The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation’s mission is to support a diverse range of charitable activities, primarily in places where the founder has lived and worked – the UK, Greece, Cyprus and Monaco.

The easy family of brands www.easy.com and easyHistory.info>
During the IPO process Stelios made the strategic decision to retain ownership of the easy brand, (including easyJet) in his private investment vehicle, easyGroup, based in Monaco and London. As a result, easyGroup now enjoys a steadier income from licensing the easy brand to many other businesses, including the airline. Every time a ticket is bought on easyJet, easyGroup collects 0.25% of its transaction value as a royalty, which is a more resilient income stream than dividend payments. Since 1994 the easy family of brands has been extended to many other activities – all offering consumers “more value for less”. Other brands include: easyHotel.com, easyBus.com, easyCar.com, easyFly.travel, easyHub.com, easyMoney.com, easyProperty.com, easyGym.com, easyStorage.com and many others. Stelios is always looking for carefully selected business partners and entrepreneurs with whom to work to jointly extend the easy family of brands.

Charity work: Stelios started giving back to society when he turned 40 years old and has since formalised his charitable giving by creating the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation (www.stelios.org) , which now takes up about a third of his time. Its mission statement is to support a diverse range of charitable activities principally in the countries where he has lived and worked: UK, Greece, Cyprus and Monaco. The most notable program is “Food from the heart” that in normal times (pre-COVID) feeds 200,000 people with a snack each month in Greece and Cyprus since 2013. https://steliosfoundation.gr/faghto-apo-kardias. In addition since 2008 the Foundation’s bi-communal awards programme in Cyprus gives €500,000 annually to Greek and Turkish Cypriots, who work together for a lasting peace on the island https://steliosfoundation.com.cy/peace-cyprus-bicommunal-awards/. Sadly, this program is paused because of COVID but the Foundation has given to many pandemic related causes that include thank you gifts in the form of shop vouchers to front line nurses and carers. Other good causes are supported with regular donations. Environmental charity wwf.org is a major beneficiary in partnership with HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco’s own foundation. (fpa2.org). In May 2017 Stelios signed the Giving Pledge (https://givingpledge.org/Pledger.aspx?id=334 ) committing to endow his Foundation with half his estate in order to become the perpetual vehicle for his legacy. This initiative was started in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet.

Family business background: Stelios, was born in Athens, Greece on 14 February 1967, the son of the late Loucas Haji-Ioannou, a self-made Greek-Cypriot shipping magnate. Stelios started his business career working for his father at Troodos Shipping in Piraeus, Greece until aged 25 when he founded his own shipping firm, Stelmar tankers with financial help from his father. Stelmar floated on the NYSE.com in 2001 and was sold to a competitor in 2005 for about US$1.3bn.

 Honours: In 2006, at the age of 39, Stelios received a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II. Since 2009 he has been the Honorary General Consul for the Republic of Cyprus in the Principality of Monaco – where he lives. He graduated from the www.doukas.gr High School in Athens in 1984, the London School of Economics ( lse.ac.uk ) in 1987 and in 1988 obtained a MSc from the City University (www.cass.city.ac.uk) . All three academic institutions currently benefit from Stelios Philanthropic Foundation donations via scholarships – the individual recipients are known as Stelios Scholars! These number more than 260 to date. Since 2018 he has acted as Chair of the enterprise fellows of the Prince’s Trust in the UK, a charity set up by HRH The Prince of Wales. https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/support-our-work/major-gifts/enterprise-fellowship/members. In 2016 he founded the www.Gustaviayachtclub.org where he is Commodore.