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Antonios Karatzis

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Antonios Karatzis
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Born15 November, 1976
Athens, Greece
🏡 ResidenceHeraklion, Crete
🏳️ NationalityGreek
🎓 Alma materGlion Institute of Higher Education
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1993-
Chairman and CEO of Karatzis S.A. Group of Companies
Vice-President of O.F.I. Football Club
👶 Children3
👴 👵 Parent(s)Miltiadis Karatzis,
Athena Karatzi

Antonios Karatzis (Greek: Αντώνιος Καράτζης; born 1976) is a Greek businessman. He is the Chairman of the Board and CEO..[1] of the Karatzis Group of Companies[2], a company with interests ranging from manufacturing and tourism[3], to energy production and electricity provider.

Early life, family[edit]

Antonios Karatzis is the son of the late Miltiadis Karatzis and Athena Karatzi. He was born in 1976 in Athens, Greece, and has a sister. He was educated at the School of Tourism at Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland. He is married and has 3 children.


Antonios Karatzis attended the GLION School of Tourism Enterprises, Switzerland. He has an excellent knowledge of English, German, Italian as well as French and Spanish. It is constantly evolving and updated through seminars specialized in Management, Financial Analysis, Marketing, etc.

Career and family business[edit]

Antonios Karatzis started his career as a knitting machines operator at his father's[4] netting materials factory at Heraklion, Crete in 1993. He became Sales Manager for the whole Karatzis Group of Companies in 1997, and Vice CEO in 2001. During his career, he has invented and established various improvements in net and package manufacturing.[5][6]

Following the death of his father in 2015, he was named Chairman of the Karatzis Group of Companies[7]. Under his direction, his company - Karatzis S.A. Group of Companies - expanded its business interests in the Tourism and Energy industries, with the addition of the 5-star hotel Nana Princess[8] and the electricity provider company KEN[9]. Besides the local borders, Antonios Karatzis has adopted his late father's philosophy regarding the need for a company to be export-oriented to be successful[10][11], and thus maintains subsidiary companies in various parts of the world (United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia), with a 96% export rate for his company's industrial production (as of April 2018)[12].In 2020, "ANTKAR SOLE SHAREHOLDER SA", in which Antonis Karatzis had interests, submitted a mandatory public offer, with the aim of acquiring 100% of the shares of "Karatzis" , a company which , until the time , was listed on the ATHEX[13][14][15].During the same year, the Karatzis Group entered the field of aviation by founding Panellenic Airlines in Heraklion, Crete[16][17]. The Group’s newly established airline is characterised by high-level services, security and a pleasant working environment[18]. At the same time, the Group acquires a majority stake in the German company BSK & Lakufol Kunststoffe in Henfenfield of Germany, increasing the annual production by 4,500 tonnes[19].

Parallel Business Activity[edit]

Since 2003 he has been holding the position of active President of the Board of Directors of PLUSPACK S.A.[20] (industrial production of plastic and recycling bags).

Since 2011 he has been a partner in Karatzis Energy (energy production from solar energy systems). He has also acted as CEO in Stella Polaris Creta S.A. (hotel industry) and is President of the Karatzis subsidiaries MESHPACK GMBH Germany[21] (production of packaging material), CROPPY SOLUTIONS SL Spain[22] (distribution of packaging products), ZEUS PACKAGING AGRI LTD England[23] (distribution of packaging products), KARATZIS SRL ITALIA[24], KARATZIS RUSSIA[25] with exports to over 60 countries worldwide and AG GRAFF SA[26], Greece (management of retail companies).[27][28]

Recognition & awards[edit]

Locally, he is directly involved with the Greek football club O.F.I.. He was Vice-President from June 2007 till September 2008[29]. In 2018, when O.F.I. was facing financial problems that prevented its participation in Greece's Football National League (Superleague), Antonios bought a share of the club[30][31], thus helping the club solve its economic problems. He then gifted these shares to the new President of the club, Michalis Mpousis, in 2019.[32][33]

Antonios Karatzis has received awards for his activity in Greece:

·         Kouros Awards 2016, by the Hellenic Association for Entrepreneurship[34][35]

·         Growth Awards 2016, by Grant Thornton Greece and the bank "Eurobank Ergasias" of Greece[36][37]

·         Karatzi S.A. strengthens its presence in foreign markets[38]      

·         True Leaders of the Year 2017[39] ,2018[40] and 2019[41] by Icap Group[42]

·         Recognition award by the Rotary of Heraklion, Greece (Rotary Candia)[43]

·         Nana Princess welcomes the new year with 3 new distinctions[44]

Karatzis has spoken in the European Parliament twice; In 2012, in the meeting "Success Stories Made in Greece"[45], and in 2019, along members of the European Investment Bank where he gave his opinion about the need for decrease of the interest rate for Greek businesses, in order for them to remain competitive in the European and Global scene.[46][47]


In 2017, Antonios Karatzis gifted the Central Hospital of Heraklion, Crete "Venizeleio" (Greek: Βενιζέλειο) with a modern endoscopic ultrasonography system for the hospital's Gastroenterological Department[48].

In 2018, Antonios saw to the purchase of a new portable ultrasound system (used for the diagnosis of maladies like cancer) and a vehicle for carrying the aforementioned system, for the non-profit organisation "Target: Prevention" (Greek: Στόχος-Πρόληψη)[49]. Goal of "Στόχος-Πρόληψη" is the diagnosis of early stages of cancer (especially Breast cancer) in Crete.

Other properties[edit]

Antonis Karatzis is honorary consul of South Korea in the region of Crete[50] as well as is official consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in Crete.[51]


  1. "Bloomberg - Karatzis S.A. CEO and Chairman". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  2. "KARATZIS S.A. - NETTING & PACKAGING INDUSTRY LEADER". www.karatzis.gr. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  3. «Nana Hotels» (στα Αγγλικά). Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  4. «Μιλτιάδης Καράτζης». Βικιπαίδεια. 2018-12-02.
  5. "Search Patents - Justia Patents Search". patents.justia.com. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  6. "WIPO - Search International and National Patent Collections". patentscope.wipo.int. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  7. "KARATZIS S.A. - Investors - CORPORATE GOVERNANCE". www.karatzis.gr. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  8. "Nana Princess Luxury Hotel". www.nanaprincess.gr. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  9. "ΚΕΝ - Ο ισχυρός πάροχος ηλεκτρικής ενέργειας - BOARD OF DIRECTORS - BOARD OF DIRECTORS". www.k-en.gr. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  10. "Karatzis Group: Growth, Extroversion, Diversification". Investorblog.gr in English. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  11. "Diamonds of the Greek Economy 2017". Issuu. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  12. "Exports - Karatzis S.A." (PDF).
  13. https://www.capital.gr/epixeiriseis/3437681/stin-porta-tis-exodou-apo-to-xrimatistirio-i-karatzi-ae
  14. https://maleviziotis.gr/2020/01/22/%CE%BF-%CE%B1%CE%BD%CF%84%CF%8E%CE%BD%CE%B7%CF%82-%CE%BA%CE%B1%CF%81%CE%AC%CF%84%CE%B6%CE%B7%CF%82-%CE%B5%CE%BE%CE%B1%CE%B3%CE%BF%CF%81%CE%AC%CE%B6%CE%B5%CE%B9-%CF%84%CE%BF-100-%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%82/
  15. https://www.kathimerini.gr/economy/local/1061968/ta-schedia-tis-karatzi-meta-tin-exodo-apo-to-chrimatistirio/
  16. https://flashnews.gr/post/436000/nea-aeroporikh-etaireia-me-edra-thn-krhth-thn-idryse-o-omilos-karatzh
  17. https://traveldailynews.gr/news/article/73279
  18. Karatzis Group’s Panellenic Airlines Takes Off in 2021
  19. https://www.tovima.gr/2020/08/31/finance/eksagora-tis-karatzi-sti-germania/
  20. «ΑΡΧΙΚΗ». Pluspack - Plastic Packaging Products Industry. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  21. «Meshpack Netting Solutions»
  22. «Croppy Solutions | Croppy Solutions» (στα Ισπανικά). Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  23. «Home». Zeuspackagingagri (στα Αγγλικά). Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  24. «Home». Karatzis Italia (στα Αγγλικά). Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  25. «ООО «КАРАТЗИС РУС» - производство полимерных сеток». karatzis.ru. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  26. «Αρχική». Akgraff. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  27. Οnline, Τα Νέα. «Έριξε τα δίχτυα του στις ξένες αγορές». Τα Νέα Οnline. Ανακτήθηκε στις 2018-02-09.
  28. «Ομιλος Καράτζη: Η κρίση δεν ανέκοψε την ανάπτυξή του, Του Γιάννη Παπαδογιαννη | Kathimerini». Ανακτήθηκε στις 2018-02-09.
  29. «Κλυδωνισμοί στον ΟΦΗ, παραιτήθηκε ο αντιπρόεδρος | Kathimerini»www.kathimerini.gr. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  30. «Θετική εισήγηση για την "Καράτζης ΑΕ" στον ΟΦΗ». www.athlitiko.gr. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  31. «Η ΠΑΕ ΟΦΗ ευχαριστεί τον Αντώνη Καράτζη για την έκδοση της εγγυητικής». Μαλεβιζιώτης. 23 Αυγούστου 2018. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  32. «Αλλάζει χέρια ο ΟΦΗ - Παραχωρούνται οι μετοχές στον Μπούση». sport-fm.gr. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  33. «Αντώνης Καράτζης και Μηνάς Χαλκιαδάκης παραχωρούν δωρεάν τις μετοχές τους!». Cretalive. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  34. «Προηγούμενες βραβεύσεις». Λέσχη Επιχειρηματικότητας. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  35. «Διπλή επιβράβευση για τον Όμιλο Καράτζη». Cretalive. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  36. «Growth Awards»
  37. «Growth Awards 2016 - Karatzis S.A. Group Of Companies»
  38. «Αντ. Καράτζης: Πρωταγωνιστής και στην αγορά ενέργειας- video». Νέα Κρήτη. 19 Ιανουαρίου 2017. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  39. «True Leaders 2017 by ICAP Group». dir.icap.gr. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  40. «PDF Flip». dir.icap.gr. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  41. «Όμιλος ΚΑΡΑΤΖΗ: Βραβεύτηκε για 3η συνεχόμενη χρονιά ως TRUE LEADER». Cretalive. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  42. «ICAP Group | Υπηρεσίες που συμβάλλουν στην ανάπτυξη της επιχειρηματικής δραστηριότητας». Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  43. «Σε κλίμα συγκίνησης η βράβευση της οικογένειας Καράτζη». Cretalive. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  44. «Nana Princess: Τρεις σημαντικές διακρίσεις για το υπερπολυτελές ξενοδοχείο». Νέα Κρήτη. 26 Φεβρουαρίου 2020. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  45. Kouvoussis, Spyros. «Success Stories Made in Greece | Greek Reporter Europe» (στα Αγγλικά). Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  46. «Αντώνης Καράτζης: Να επιτρέψουμε στους νέους να ονειρευτούν ξανά». Νέα Κρήτη. 7 Μαρτίου 2019. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  47. «Greece Feb 11.pdf». Google Docs. Ανακτήθηκε στις 21 Αυγούστου 2020.
  48. "Δωρεά συστήματος ενδοσκοπικής υπερηχοτομογραφίας – ΓN Ηρακλείου Βενιζέλειο" (in Ελληνικά). Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  49. "Μεγάλη Δωρεά από τον Όμιλο Καράτζη". Cretalive. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  50. «Honorary ConsulEmbassy of the Republic of Korea to the Hellenic Republic». overseas.mofa.go.kr. Ανακτήθηκε στις 19 Αυγούστου 2020.
  51. «Honorary consulates in Greece». Belgium in Greece and Cyprus (στα Αγγλικά). 11 Δεκεμβρίου 2015. Ανακτήθηκε στις 19 Αυγούστου 2020.

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