Grupo Cortefiel , General Manager, Franchising
Antonis started his career in information technology working with major IT organisations like NEC and Gateway, as regional director for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2005, he moved to the Fashion Industry, when in 2009 he joined Spanish Fashion Retail Group, Grupo Cortefiel as a General Manager for Franchising, for the group’s global operations. Since joining, the group has expanded from 45 to 86 countries, and has conquered challenging markets. Cortefiel Group has already entered the African market and Antonis sees the area as the greatest opportunity for the years to come.
Antonis is currently looking towards e-commerce expansion in all countries and areas that the group has a presence in. He sees e-commerce as the next strategic milestone to be conquered, and accepts the challenges that it can bring.
With 20 years of experience in international business operations, Antonis says that local understanding of the different international markets across the world, irrespective of industry, is the one of the fundamentals of success.