Marios Mitromaras graduated from Deree in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management & Organizational Behavior, and holds a PMBA from Alba Graduate Business School.
As Vice President for Business Development in Emerging Markets, Marios is leading INTRALOT’s commercial and business development activities in the exciting markets of Asia, Oceania, and Latin America, where challenging and attractive opportunities arise from National Sports and Welfare Lotteries, and from large scale gaming operations. His experience has contributed significantly to the expansion of INTRALOT in Asia, where the company is running various projects since 2005 in the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, and in the People’s Republic of China. In Latin and Central America, the company has a strong presence in Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and Jamaica, and in Oceania there are existing operations and projects in Australia and New Zealand.
Marios is married, a father of three, and has served his military duty in the Special Forces of the Hellenic Army.
What are three enduring lessons you learned during your studies at Deree?
- Think global, act local.
- Adopt fast, become a leader.
- Learn to communicate and how to get the best out of your team.
Describe Deree in three words.
Innovative, multinational, and strict (disciplinary).
One of your favorite Deree memories?
I had many pleasant and fun moments in Deree, but the only ‘F’ I ever got (due to absences) is something I will never forget!
What do you miss most from your days at Deree?
The excitement you feel the moment you set foot on campus. That crazy heartbeat was the same from day one till graduation day!
Which was your favorite spot on campus?
The track and field! I played volleyball for the Deree team, and training was something you simply didn’t miss.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Dr. Albert Arouh was a great man who taught me to “Forget the tree in front of you, look for the forest behind it!”
Have you kept in touch with any of your classmates?
I am really close friends with a few of them, in one case even best men. In my professional life I have interacted with dozens of others as good colleagues and members of the same team. And, of course, there are many more classmates who are now pleasant acquaintances, always ready and willing to help each other.
How did Deree help prepare you for your professional life?
It taught me to think out of the box; to improvise, to think before I speak, and to assess situations.
What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Be strong, have faith, and have dignity.
What (or who) inspires you most?
My family! Without them, and especially my wife, I wouldn’t have reached this point.
Your motto in life?
“Who dares, wins,” the motto of the Hellenic Special Forces, where I proudly served in 1993, and the saying has been following me since.