PROFILE-Greece’s central bank governor George Provopoulos

Position: Bank of Greece Governor

Incumbent: George Provopoulos, 60

Term: June 2008 to June 2014

Key Facts: As a voting member of the European Central
Bank’s Governing Council, Provopoulos is considered a
pragmatist on monetary policy issues on the traditional
dove-hawk divide.

— Having served as chief executive at two of Greece’s big
banks, Provopoulos is a central banker with hands-on banking
experience at a senior level. As chairman and CEO at Emporiki
Bank, Greece’s fifth-largest lender, he oversaw the bank’s sale
to Credit Agricole in 2006. He later served as CEO at Piraeus
Bank, the country’s fourth-largest, as it expanded into
southeast Europe.

— Before assuming duties of chief executive at Emporiki,
Provopoulos was a senior management adviser at Alpha Bank from
1994-2004 and served as deputy governor at the Bank of Greece
during 1990-93. He also chaired the council of economic
advisers in 1989-90. In June 2000, six months before Greece
joined the euro zone, Provopoulos wrote that the new big vision
for the country would be to converge with its euro partners in
real terms.

— After studying economics in Greece, Provopoulos went to
Britain on a scholarship, obtaining his master’s and PhD
degrees from Essex University and becoming a professor in 1979.
Under Professor Angelos Angelopoulos, he took part in a
committee mandated by Greek Prime Minister Xenophon Zolotas in
1990, under a coalition government, to prepare an economic
policy report to stabilize Greece’s economy and return it to
growth. He is married with three children.
(Reporting by George Georgiopoulos; Editing by Paul Simao)

PROFILE-Greece’s central bank governor George Provopoulos