Nikos Papathanasis is a mechanical engineer. He studied at the University of Toronto where he got his master’s degree in Business Administration and Aeronautics.
He started working in 1984 and his first job was at the de Havilland Aircraft Company (now known as Bombardier Aerospace) in Toronto. He was a member of the board of the Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) and a member of the board and the executive vice president of the Olympic Aviation. He worked for twenty four years as a senior and top level manager at companies of the private sector and listed companies in Greece and abroad. His work experience includes the management of civil transportation companies of public interest as the CEO of ISAP S.A. (Urban Rail) and the President and CEO of Urban Rail Transport S.A. From 2008 to 2010 he was the elected President of the Center of Public Companies and Organizations of Public Interest (CPCOPI).
Throughout his career of thirty five years he has demonstrated great work in developing business plans, reorganizing and operational streamlining of companies that led to a significant enhancement of their economic results. In 2016, the Leader of the Greek Political Party “Nea Demokratia” and now Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis offered him the post of the General Director of Nea Demokratia.