The Golden Team

The Experience of Excellence

The Golden Team

Laurel International's team of professionals are highly skilled, well-educated individuals with many years of experience in their respective fields. Our foundation is perfectionism, and our main goal is to support each vision that we are asked to develop. Laurel stands out from its competitors in that our team endeavors to accomplish each and every mission with imagination and positive energy to ensure that even the most demanding assignment is competed successfully.

Chris PALLAKIS

Chris PALLAKIS

Chris Pallakis is a former Greek national pole vault record holder who represented his country at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and secured a top 10 finish at the 1995 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Chris has continued to dedicate his life to sport by using his wealth of industry experience and knowledge to become Founder and CEO of Laurel International Management, a leading full service consulting company with a proven track record of delivering world-class consulting, communications and media services & operations at some of the most prominent sporting events of recent times.

Under Chris's strategic vision and guidance, the company has partnered with global sporting governing bodies to secure successful outcomes that position Laurel International Management at the leading edge of the sports industry.

More recently, Chris led his international team of professionals at major events including the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships, an event that saw Laurel's consulting services voted as the best of any sporting event in the world for that year.

The key to Laurel's success is Chris's attention to detail and thirst for delivering excellence time and time again, raising the bar in international standards in the same way that he repeatedly raised the pole vault bar throughout his competitive career.

Chris's athletics and professional careers have been built on the solid foundation of studying Sports Marketing and Management in Washington State University where he was a two-time All-American (1993 and 1995), finishing second at the NCAA in Knoxville, Tennessee.

When Athens, Greece, hosted the 2004 Olympic Games, Chris's career flourished after being appointed HR Manager at the Olympic Stadium, where the Organising Committee employed more than 4,000 staff members under his watch.

It led to more senior roles, including Event Director General for the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Finals, an event that was heralded as a major success by the governing body with more than 60,000 spectators watching the world's best athletes, most notably being Usain Bolt with whom Chris had personally led the negotiations to participate.

Laurel International Management has recently celebrated 10 years of operations, and Chris continues to lead the discussions with various stakeholders across the world to ensure the company's global success story thrives into the next decade and beyond.

Athanasios GKOLTSIOS

Athanasios GKOLTSIOS

Athanasios Gkoltsios is a highly qualified Professional with ten years experience in Media & Broadcasting Operations & Communications working in multi-cultural envirenments.

David Rhys WILLIAMS

David Rhys WILLIAMS

David Rhys Williams is a Media and Communications professional with more than 25 years of multi-level experience across all areas of the industry, operating mainly in the Middle East and the UK.

Stella SARIDAKI

Stella SARIDAKI

Stella Saridaki has 20 years of work experience in event planning, public relations, marketing, communication services and project management.

Andrew DUNSCOMB

Andrew DUNSCOMB

Andrew Dunscomb is an internationally recognised Communications and Media Relations Expert with tremendous experience in major international sport events and also in successful political campaigns.

Maxim SOFRONOV

Maxim SOFRONOV

Maxim Sofronov has a decade of experience working on some of the world's biggest sporting events.

Maria CHATZIVASSILIOU

Maria CHATZIVASSILIOU

Maria Chatzivassiliou is a highly qualified professional with a wealth of world-class experience in the events industry.

Vassilis GEORGIOTIS

Vassilis GEORGIOTIS

Vassilis Georgiotis is a former professional triple jumper with more than fifteen years' experience as a reporter, writer, section chief editor, editor and columnist in major national newspapers and magazines.

Zoi PAPANTONI

Zoi PAPANTONI

Zoi Papantoni is the Marketing Manager of Laurel International Management. Holding a Bachelor in Economics from the Economic University of Athens and a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK, Zoi has extensive experience in Marketing, Communications and Sponsoring.

Marios CRYSSAVGIS

Marios CRYSSAVGIS

Marios Chryssavgis is an established facilitator and trainer with experience in a variety of industries and countries. More importantly, he has extensive working knowledge of the events industry working in small and large venues and major events in different regions of the world.

Christina VASILIKOU

Christina VASILIKOU

Christina Vasilikou has a long experience in a great variety of events. Holding a Master Degree in Tourism Planning & Development and a second one in Sports Management, she started her career in 5* hotels in Athens and Dubai.

Pierre KOSMIDIS

Pierre KOSMIDIS

Pierre Kosmidis is a media and communications expert in International Media Relations and Olympic Games. He is a strong asset in the communications team of candidate cities bidding for large scale sporting events.

Angelos ZYMARAS

Angelos ZYMARAS

Angelos Zymaras offers unique expertise in Photo Management, combining knowledge in planning and implementing all aspects of Photo Services and great experience in managing sports photographers.

Will PONISSI

Will PONISSI

William Ponissi is a sport journalist and PR expert with extensive world class experience. He has fulfilled media duties during several sport events such as Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World and European Championships in a wide range of sports.