Stathis Haikalis Chairman & CEO
Leonidas Papageorgiou Chief Financial Officer
Magda Panourgia General manager
Marios Koumpas Account Director
Stella Chaikali Account Director
Savina Papazoglou Account Director
Marielen Chanioti Account Manager
Vivian Maschalidou Account Manager
Fotis Politis Digital Account Manager
Marianthi Marifoglou Account Manager
Mariza Armaou Account Executive
Spiros Tsatsanis Art Director
Vangelis Gerontakis Financial Account Manager
Dimitris Balikos IT & Operation Manager
Stathis Haikalis Chairman & CEO

Stathis had been working for the prestigious Greek newspapers “Oikonomikos Taxidromos”
and “To Vima tis Kiriakis” for more than 15 years. In 1995, he founded Communication

He is personally involved in managing teams working for high-profile clients, with access to
public sphere’s higher levels, such as the Government, the Opposition, the upper ranks of
public administration and the business community.
As an Electronics Engineer by degree, he invested in digital marketing in 2006, quite early
for the Greek market. His team is affiliate of Edelman, the leading international Marketing
and Advertising agency.

He is also Chairman of the new-founded agency Recipe, a merge between Communication
Effect and Giraffes in The Kitchen creative shop. Recipe’s plan is to offer innovative services
as Data Analytics, Predictive Analytics and Audience Intelligence. Recipe represents Edelman
across seven Southeastern European countries.
Stathis is a keen social media user. He is amongst the most active Greek CEOs and marketing

He personally leads key accounts and is involved in digital strategy development, Public and
Governmental Affairs and crisis management.

Stathis is committed to a policy that builds a highly motivated and skilled team, invests in
promoting young talents and offers professionals lifelong training.

He is a member of TEDxAthens’ core organizational team and takes part in a selected number
of powerful volunteering and solidarity initiatives.

Leonidas Papageorgiou Chief Financial Officer

Born in Athens in 1972, he has studied Economics and is a member of the Economic Chamber of Athens.

He has been a member of the Communication Effect team since 1996, where his role started off as assistant accountant and later working his way up to Responsible Accountant.

From his position he successfully coordinates all  sectors activities, is responsible for contacts with customers, external partners and credit institutions, as well as for the analysis/assessment of the economic data and exploitation of companies assets.

Sitting in the company almost from the start, he has attended all of the up to date courses and has contributed significantly to the coordination and implementation of a series of investment projects that aimed to improve the level of services.

In parallel with the above properties, he is also in charge of quality management system ISO 9001: 2000 and communication services ELOT 1435.

In recent years, he holds the position of Vice-president of the Board of Directors of the company.

He speaks fluent English.

Magda Panourgia General manager

Magda is an experienced manager with significant knowledge in the areas of Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Digital. Very active in Project Management and with over 20 years  in Marketing and Advertising (as Marketing Manager or Group Account Director for a series of multinational and local companies). Through her various senior roles she developed and organized many online and social networking plans and events. She managed large teams and successfully accomplished several projects.

Magda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Relations and Mass Media from the University of Stirling. She loves travelling and cinema.

Marios Koumpas Account Director

Marios joined Communication EFFECT’s team in 2022. He brings to the team over 10 years of multidimensional experience in communications, having worked in the PR and the Events Production sectors.

He is an experienced manager with an expertise in strategic communications, who has worked closely with multiple leading local and international companies in Greece.

He has a 360° approach in communications and is an early adapter of new technologies and innovations in the comms industry.

Marios documents his experiences and writes down his thoughts on a personal blog on his LinkedIn called “A Millennial in PR”.

He is a foodie; he travels with the first opportunity and he loves gaming. 

Stella Chaikali Account Director

Stella is a graduate student of the American College of Greece (DEERE) with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Westminster in the UK, on PR and Crisis Management.

She joined Communication EFFECT’s team by the end of 2012 as a part-time job while studying, where she occupied with reports, monitoring, and content development for many of our clients. She is now working full time as an Account Director and her skills also include digital campaigns management, social media management, content creation and many more. She is passionate about digital campaigns and seeks balance in her work.

She speaks fluent English and French and some basic survival Spanish.

Stella in her free time likes to participate as a volunteer or support many kinds of events like the TedxAthens annual event. Her interests include travelling, discovering new places and meeting people. She is connected in her social media 24/7, always learning about the new trends.

Her motto is ‘’Action is the foundational key to all success’’.

Savina Papazoglou Account Director

Savina was born in Athens in 1986. She studied Communication & Public Relations and holds Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the State University of New York College – Empire State of College.

Savina is an adaptable communications professional with extended expertise. She is equipped with 9 years of experience in communication and PR, event management, media, providing strategic & creative communication to clients in varied industries. She is experienced in project management, from strategy to execution, including briefing, planning, scheduling, managing a variety of PR & Communications projects for different clients.

She joined Communication EFFECT in 2018.

She is autonomous, self-motivated and performance-driven, holding excellent negotiation and team management skills. She is able to undertake demanding projects, meet tight deadlines & perform well under pressure.

She speaks fluent English and French.

Marielen Chanioti Account Manager

Marielen is born in 1992, the year in which Sakis started his career.

She studied Marketing at the University of Applied Sciences in Athens and she has successfully completed “Event planning, marketing and management” program of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She has been working at the event planning sector for five years and lately she started working at the digital one, too. Creative individual with strong relationship building skills, she always tries to put her positive input at the projects involved.

She speaks English and German.

At her personal time, you can find Marielen at the spinning halls. Her interests include travelling, dancing and reading a lot of books.

Her motto is “Create your happiness”.

Vivian Maschalidou Account Manager

Vivian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Finance from Athens University of Economics and Business and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication and Public Relations from the American College of Greece- Deree.
She excitedly joined Communication Effect in June 2023 and she is always eager to support both clients and the team. Stated as a passionate PR professional, she has a keen interest and expertise in 360o Brand PR campaigns, crisis management, internal communication strategy, and corporate communication.
Vivian In her free time enjoys playing tennis, reading books, and spending time with her loved ones. She also loves to travel and seeks inspiration and creativity by meeting new cultures and having new learning experiences.
Vivian is committed to nourishing her mindset for life:
“No matter how good you are, Be Better”

Fotis Politis Digital Account Manager

Fotis was born in Thessaloniki in 1984. He studied Economics in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He also holds a Master’s Degree (MA) in Marketing from the University of Brighton, United Kingdom.

He has a keen interest in communication and digital marketing. He joined Communication EFFECT in 2016, where he had the chance to get involved in all things digital, from community management to performance marketing and reporting.

He loves watching films and reading books. He is among the founders and organizers of Parthenώn Film Festival, an open-air film festival held every July in Halkidiki, Greece.

He is a self-motivated and highly organized person with attention to detail.

He speaks fluent English.

Marianthi Marifoglou Account Manager

Marianthi was born in Agrinio in 1986. She studied Economics in National and
Kapodistrian University of Athens. She also holds a Master’s Degree (MSc) in
applied Economics and finance majoring in the Applied Accounting and Auditing.
Although her previous experience was in Accounting and Business
administration, her interest for communication and digital marketing is what led
her to join Communication EFFECT’s team in 2022. Currently, she is working as
an Account Manager.

She loves watching films, reading books and traveling. She speaks fluent English
and Spanish

Mariza Armaou Account Executive

Mariza was born and raised in Athens. She studied French Language and Literature in the University of Athens. She spent a semester at the Sorbonne University-Paris IV under the Erasmus program. She also holds a Master’s degree in Advertising Communications from the American College of Greece.
She joined the Communication Effect team in order to gain knowledge and experience in public relations and digital marketing.
She’s ambitious and always strives to achieve her goals.
She speaks fluent English and French.

Spiros Tsatsanis Art Director

Spiros is always surrounded by deadlines and Asana tasks.


  • Red color lover
  • Olympiacos fan
  • Shein’s owner
  • Fun guy
Vangelis Gerontakis Financial Account Manager

Vangelis studied logistics at the Technoligical Educational Institute in Piraeus and is a member of the Economic Chamber and authorized accountant professional.

He has worked for the National Bank of Greece handling banking issues. In January of 2007 he joined our company’s team dealing with the registration of documents and issuing invoices, payroll and other accounting statements and especially with the fulfillment of the company’s accounting.

Dimitris Balikos IT & Operation Manager

Dimitris has been a member of Communication Effect’s team since 1998 as the IT & operation manager.

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