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essDOCS Management Team

Alexander Goulandris
Co-CEO & CRO

Alex started his career as a maritime lawyer with Holman Fenwick & Willan in London, Athens and Hong Kong. He then joined Freehill, Hogan & Mahar in New York, where his clients included many leading ship operators. In 2005, Alex co-founded essDOCS with the aim of eliminating the significant inefficiencies resulting from the use of paper documentation in shipping and trade. Today, Alex serves as essDOCS Co-CEO & CRO, where he is responsible for the Company’s strategic direction while overseeing all revenue-generating aspects of the business.

Education

Alex holds a BSc in Chemistry and Law and a BA in Law, both from the University of Exeter, UK. He also completed the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law, UK and was awarded an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Professional Qualifications

Alex is admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales, the US Federal District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the New York State Supreme Court.

Associations

Alex is a Director of essDOCS, member of the American Bar Association, member of the Law Society of England and Wales, member of the ICC Banking Commission Advisory Board and co-chair of the ICC Banking Commission Digitalisation Workgroup. He was a guest lecturer at the Maritime eCommerce elective, part of City University’s MSC Maritime Operations and Management course, from 2007-2011.

Marina Comninos
Co-CEO & COO

Marina started her legal career as a trainee solicitor with Clifford Chance in 1998. She qualified into the Maritime and International Trade Group in March 2000. Her areas of expertise include dispute resolution (including charterparty, bills of lading and building contract disputes), commodities and international trade, and pollution regulation. Marina joined essDOCS on a part time basis in June 2006 as General Counsel and took a full time role as Head of Solution Delivery in January 2013. In November 2013, Marina was appointed COO, and in September 2018, was named Co-CEO & COO, taking on joint Company leadership duties with Co-CEO & CRO, Alexander Goulandris. 

Education

Marina obtained a 2:1 in her bachelor degree in Government and Law from the London School of Economics and completed the Legal Practice Course with Distinction. In 1997, she obtained an LLM in Maritime Law from University College London with Distinction and was awarded the Derby/Bryce Prize in Law for obtaining the highest marks in the Faculty of Laws across the University of London.

Professional Qualifications

Marina is admitted to practice as a Solicitor in England and Wales.

Associations

Marina is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, and a member of the ICC Commercial Law & Practice Commission.

Nicholas Demetriou
CMO

Nicholas began his career in advertising, working as an agency-side market researcher for Dazed Digital in London and McCann Erickson in Cyprus. In 2006, he co-founded TVeez-Odysii, a SaaS Marketing Technology company specializing in intelligent, rule-based advertising solutions for the retail banking sector, serving as Managing Director of the firm for 8 years.

In February 2014, Nicholas joined essDOCS as VP Marketing, where he now manages and executes the company’s global marketing strategy with a strong emphasis on digital (web/viral/social) and inbound, content-driven conversion.

Nicholas was named SVP Marketing in September 2016, and was subsequently appointed CMO in January 2018.

Education

Nicholas holds a BA (First-Class Honours) in Media & Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Brian Smith
Managing Director, essCert

Brian started his career in the field of international banking. In the 1980s, he worked for Security Pacific National Bank (now Bank of America) in Los Angeles. He later relocated to Bank of Oklahoma, a bank focused on oil and petrochemical equipment exports, travelling extensively throughout Asia and overseeing the Bank's integration into the SWIFT network. In the late 1990s, Brian founded and ran Trade Finance Services – which subsequently became part of Bank of Ireland Group – in New York, focusing on electronic processing for export letters of credit. 

In 2005, Brian co-founded TradeCert Ltd., based in Galway, Ireland to fill a gap in the provision of online Certificate of Origin services. Beginning in the UK & Ireland, TradeCert expanded to 6 countries with tens of thousand of export clients. In 2017, TradeCert was acquired by essDOCS, providing the company expanded reach and opportunities through both growth and partnerships. Today, Brian heads essCert, essDOCS' dedicated Certification arm, operating the world's largest network of electronic Certificates of Origin (eCOs).

Education

Brian graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BSc in International Relations and Economics. He holds a Commercial Banker's certificate in Export Finance from the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Nicholas Kaimenakis
Group Financial Controller

Nicholas started his career as an accountant in 2006 in parallel with his Doctoral Studies in Accounting. In 2010, he joined Assos Capital, a real estate private equity fund where he spent 8 years specializing in financial modeling, budgeting and investor reporting, while also leading the company’s financial due diligence processes and actively participating in negotiations for the refinancing and disposal of large-scale real estate assets. 

In January 2018, Nicholas joined essDOCS taking on the responsibility of consolidating and streamlining the company’s financial reporting, supervising the accounting function and improving financial efficiency. 

Education

Nicholas holds a BA in Business Administration, an MBA, and a PhD in Accounting from the Athens University of Economics & Business.

Katerina Anagnostara
SVP Customer Success

Katerina started her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young’s Athens headquarters. She then joined Eurobank EFG, where she served as Project Supervisor & Business Analyst, tasked with executing strategies relevant to the bank’s Cards division, followed by a position at Medbrands S.A., a Greek retail distributor, where she headed New Business Development.

In January 2011, Katerina took on the role of Strategic Project Manager at essDOCS. Based in Athens, she headed the opening of the company’s Greek office in the same year. In 2013, she became Sales & Network Development Manager, after which she took on the role of Network Development Team Lead. In January 2015, she became essDOCS’ first VP Global Rollouts, responsible for managing and executing strategic customer rollouts across the globe.

In September 2016, Katerina took on the role of SVP Customer Success, and is since heading the company’s Customer Success Team – dedicated to maximizing essDOCS customers’ ROI by enabling them to achieve their goals.

Education

Katerina holds a Bachelors in Political Science & History from Panteion University, Athens, where she attained First Class Honours. She has completed intensive Executive Training Programmes (ETP) at Waseda University in Tokyo, SDA Bocconi in Milan, SOAS in London, and Sciences Po in Paris.

Associations

Katerina is a member of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)

Steve Rigby
SVP DevOps

Steve has a strong background in operations and security, hailing from business platform developer Alfresco, where he was a founding employee. He has managed multiple production systems running in the cloud using SecDevOps principles.

Steve has worked in various disciplines including QA, support, operations and cloud architecture as well as designing company-wide processes to maximize efficiency in the workplace. He possesses over 15 years’ experience managing large offshore teams and teams across disparate time-zones.

Education

Steve holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Computer Studies from Solent University, Southampton.

Professional Qualifications

AWS-Certified Solutions Architect

Andrew Constantinou
VP Product & Projects

Andrew possesses 20 years’ experience in IT Project management, with wide-reaching expertise spanning across the full systems life-cycle, backed by a strong understanding of business and operational requirements.

He joined the essDOCS London Office in 2012, taking on the role of Team Lead Project Management & Delivery – responsible for ensuring smooth onboarding of all user types to essDOCS solutions, successful project delivery for new customers, and managing projects for key accounts. In September 2016, he became essDOCS’ first VP Product & Projects, overseeing all company Product Owners & Project Managers, in addition to managing essDOCS software releases and end-to-end live testing projects.

Prior to joining essDOCS, Andrew worked as a systems administrator in the telecommunications industry, after which he joined a major Maritime Software & Shipping ERP vendor in London serving as Project Manager/IT Consultant for 13 years.

Education

Andrew holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Business Information Systems from the University Of Westminster, London.

Professional Qualifications

PRINCE2 Foundation (2010) / PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner