RA&A appoints ex-IOC chief Panos Tzivanidis as CEO

Max Chuard

Richard Attias & Associates (RA&A) has appointed former Director of Events for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Panos Tzivanidis, as its Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to being named Head of Events & Hospitality at the International Olympic Committee, Panos Tzivanidis served as Head of the Travel and Conferences unit for UEFA, the European Association of Football Federations, widely known for the organization of the Champions League, Europa League and National teams EURO tournaments.

Consequently, Maureen Mitchell, the former Director of Scheduling and Operations for the Office of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, will serve as Chief of Staff. Richard Attias, who founded RA&A in 2009, will continue to serve as its Executive Chairman.

Maureen Mitchell has more than 25 years of executive-level experience in the investment management industry. She retired from GE in December, 2016 and is currently a Senior Advisor with the Boston Consulting Group. From 2009 to July 2016, Maureen was President, Global Sales and Marketing at GE Asset Management, Inc., and was a key member of the senior leadership team, operations committee and chair of the Women’s Network. Responsibilities at GEAM included managing global distribution, client service and product development, as well as fund governance, administration, and regulatory compliance for the firm’s mutual fund business. She was instrumental in the successful transition of GEAM assets to State Street Global Advisers, which acquired GEAM in July 2016.

Maureen has extensive experience serving on corporate, fund and non-profit boards of directors. She was a member of the Investment Company Institute’s (ICI) Board of Governors, is a Director of Fieldpoint Private, as well as She’s the First, Inc. and The 21st Century Foundation for City College of New York.
Prior to joining GEAM, Maureen was Global Head of Distribution at Highland Capital Management. From 1998 to 2008 she was a Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Institutional Sales and Client Service at Bear Stearns Asset Management. Maureen has also held vice president positions at Scudder Kemper and U.S. Trust Company. She holds a BA from The City College of New York and a MSW from Fordham University.

RA&A is a global advisory firm that develops communications strategies, conferences, and live public events for governments, corporations, and institutions including the Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Public Investment Fund, the Misk Foundation, the International Olympic Committee, and the World Bank. RA&A is a minority subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world’s largest communications services group.