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Serge Joris appointed new CEO of Frigoglass Group


Seasoned and visionary executive with significant global experience to continue the Group’s transformation and lead it into its exciting future

Athens, Greece, 01.02.2024 – Frigoglass Group is excited to announce that Serge Maurice Charles Joris, a seasoned and visionary executive with significant global experience, joins its senior leadership team as Group CEO. Mr. Joris starts his tenure on Thursday, 1 February 2024, taking over from Manos Metaxakis, Group CFO, who in September 2023 assumed the additional responsibilities of General Manager – Interim.

Commenting on the leadership change, Gagik Apkarian, Managing Director of Tetrad Capital Partners and Chairman of Frigoglass Group BoD, noted: “Serge Joris was appointed Group CEO of Frigoglass following a global search and rigorous process to identify an exceptional candidate. We’re thrilled to welcome him to the team and are looking forward to working with him in the Group’s ongoing strategic transformation, as we usher in a new era for the company. We’d like to extend our gratitude to Mr. Metaxakis for stepping in during the transition period and for his extraordinary efforts in ensuring the smooth operation of Frigoglass, as he returns to his duties as Group CFO and member of the Executive Committee.”

Given his extensive experience and skills, the appointment of Serge Joris will be instrumental in maximizing the Group’s potential and return on assets, and accelerating its growth. His expertise spans innovation and technology, products and commercial strategies, as well as customer engagement and relations. Having an academic background in Computer Sciences and Business Engineering, Mr. Joris combines innovation, entrepreneurship and agility, with a proven track record in building strong and dedicated teams, achieving sustainable and profitable growth, and driving transformative projects. 

During his long and successful career, Mr. Joris has served in executive and senior management roles in a wide range of companies across Europe, Asia, and the USA – from start-ups to family-owned firms to global multi-industrial conglomerates. Before joining Frigoglass, he served as CEO and President of Girbau Group, a Barcelona-based multinational company with production facilities and subsidiaries worldwide. Prior to that, he had a 15-year tenure at Dover Corporation, a diversified global manufacturer and solutions provider, where he was CEO and President of Hydro Systems and held several leadership roles at Markem-Imaje. 

Serge Joris, Frigoglass Group CEO, commented: “I’m delighted to join Frigoglass, a global Group with a diversified portfolio that develops innovative and pioneering commercial and consumer coolers, advanced glass packaging solutions, and delivers top-class Asset Performance Services across Europe, Asia, and Africa. I greatly appreciate the trust of the Board of Directors and I’m eager to leverage my varied expertise to contribute to the Group's success. I’m looking forward to collaborating closely with the remarkable team that has made Frigoglass, Betaglass and Frigoserve leading suppliers of the world’s most iconic beverage brands, providing them with best-in-class coolers, glass packaging solutions, and services. I’m very excited about the opportunities for Frigoglass and I’m confident that, together, we will leverage the company’s legacy of innovation, quality, global production network, and customer relationships towards a future marked by rapid growth on all fronts."