Manoli Olympitis

business leader and author

Curriculum Vitæ

Manoli Olympitis

Emmanuel ‘Manoli’ Olympitis is a trusted and successful British business leader, whose varied directorships across business sectors have afforded him with multiple regulatory qualifications in the UK, the US and around the world. He has a track record of returning a broad range of banking and financial services groups to profitability, making him a highly sought-after member of several company boards.

Mr Olympitis has a wide range of experience; in oil and gas exploration, consumer-focussed instant service equipment, property investment and cable broadcast retail operations. His current appointments include being Non-Executive Director & Chairman of the Audit Committee of Photo-Me International Plc, Director of China Cablecom Holdings Ltd and Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Canoel Energy Ltd.

Mr Olympitis took an LLB Honours degree from University College London in 1970 and undertook a pupillage at the Inns of Court. Moving into merchant banking from 1976, Mr Olympitis was Executive Director of Bankers Trust International Ltd until 1980 and President of venture capital and mergers & acquisitions boutique Centaur Resources in New York. He was subsequently Group Chief Executive of Aitken Hume International Plc between 1986 and 1989. Moving to Johnson & Higgins as Chairman and Managing Director in May 1992, Mr Olympitis brought the company a Queen’s Award for Exports in 1994.

More recently, from 1999 to 2004, Mr Olympitis was Executive Chairman of Pacific Media Plc, a fully listed LSE retail/media/e-commerce company focussed on Asia. Under his stewardship the market capitalisation increased from £5 million in October 1999 to a peak of £300 million in 2000. The company then joined the full LSE at the end of 2000 with the acquisition of TV Media Group, having previously been listed on the AIM. Pacific Media was subsequently sold in 2004 to a major private Taiwanese group. Mr Olympitis subsequently served as Chairman of Petrocapital Resources Plc until the end of May 2010.

For all inquiries, please contact Beverly Barrymore, Personal Assistant to Mr Olympitis:
Lyra Investments (UK) Ltd
52 Beauchamp Place
London SW3 1NY
United Kingdom
t: 020 7581 4141

Recent Appointments

Photo-Me International Plc December 2009 to Present | London Stock Exchange PHTM
Non-Executive Director & Chairman of Audit Committee
Instant Consumer Electronics Group

China Cablecom Holdings Ltd October 2009 to June 2011 | NASDAQ CABL
Director & Chairman of Audit Committee
Consolidated Cable Network Operator

Canoel International Energy Ltd June 2008 to February 2011 | Toronto Stock Exchange CIL
Oil Exploration

Petrocapital Resources Plc June 2008 to May 2010 | PLUS Markets PTRP
Oil & Gas Exploration

Matica Plc April 2007 to June 2009 | Formerly listed on the Alternative Investment Market (LSE)
Member of Audit Committee; Remuneration Committee
Manufacturer of Credit, Debit, Identification and Security Cards

Secure Fortress Plc June 2007 to November 2008 | PLUS Markets SCFP
Anti-Terrorist Information Technology Solutions

Bulgarian Land Development Plc March 2006 to March 2007 | Alternative Investment Market (LSE) BLD
Founder Director; Chairman of Audit Committee
Bulgarian Residential and Commercial Development Company

Norman 95 Plc July 2004 to August 2005 | Formerly listed on the Alternative Investment Market (LSE)
Chairman of Audit Committee
Italian Residential and Commercial Development Company

Professional Experience

Lyra Investments (UK) Ltd June 2008 to Present
Family Investment Vehicle

Lyra Investments Limited May 2004 to March 2008
Personal Investment Vehicle

Pacific Media Plc October 1999 to May 2004 | Formerly listed on the London Stock Exchange
Executive Chairman
Retail Media & E-Commerce Company focussed on Asia

Eastgate Group Ltd May 1998 to June 1999
Outsourcing to the Insurance Industry

Eastgate Assistance Ltd May 1998 to June 1999
Chief Executive
Insurance Related Assistance Call Centres & Helplines

Medway Insurance Group Plc May 1992 to October 1996
Chief Executive
US Vehicle for Lloyds of London

Johnson & Higgins Ltd May 1992 to October 1996 | Winner Queen’s Award for Exports in 1994
Chairman and Managing Director
Lloyds Broker

Aitken Hume International Plc 1986 to 1989 | Formerly listed on the London Stock Exchange
Group Chief Executive
Banking, Fund Management, Life Insurance and Property

Centaur Resources Management American Acquisition Company 1981 to 1986
President and Partner
Venture Capital and Mergers & Acquisitions Family Boutique

Bankers Trust International Ltd 1976 to 1980
Executive Director; VP, Bankers Trust Company, NY; Head of Eurodollar activities
Merchant Bank & Trust Company

County Bank 1971 to 1973
Graduate Trainee
Merchant Bank


Inns of Court Chambers 1970 – 1971
Pupilage at the Bar

University College London 1967 – 1970
LLB Law (Hons)

The King’s School, Canterbury, Kent 1961 – 1966

Regulatory Qualifications

Bank of England
“Fit and proper person” to control authorised banking licenses in the UK

Department of Trade and Industry
Authorised controller of a UK life assurance company

Securities & Exchange Commission
Authorised controller of a US mutual fund company

London Stock Exchange
Authorised Chairman and Chief Executive of UK quoted companies

Lloyds of London
Authorised Chairman and Chief Executive of Lloyds broker

Interests & Background

British Citizen, born 19 December 1948, fluent in English and Greek. Some French, Spanish and
Italian. Married with four children. Member of Turf and Special Forces Clubs. Enjoys writing, tennis and poker.

By Victories Undone, Quartet, 1988. No. 3 on the London Best Seller List.

Captain, Kent County Men’s Fencing Team;
Member, British International Fencing Squad 1966-1970, British Olympic Squad, Mexico 1968.