AdvanFort names ex-commander to head business development
Published: Wednesday, 13 March 2013
The Washinton D.C. based maritime security company, AdvanFort, has announced the appointment as its business development director of former Greek Navy Lt. Commander Nicholas-Andrew Iliopoulos, a master mariner who for nearly a decade worked for the late King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan.
“As AdvanFort grows ever more important on the global maritime stage, in areas running from port and terminal security to counter-piracy, having someone who is a true legend in our community as our head of business development is a real honor,” said Captain William H. Watson, AdvantFort's president.
As chief of business development Mr. Iliopoulos will initially focus on AdvanFort’s aggressive marketing strategy in Greece, as well as in the Asia-Pacific region, especially China.
Since 2009, Iliopoulos has been a resident instructor at the Dalian Maritime University in China in addition to being an international representative for Videotel Maritime International. In both capacities, the commander proved the value of his own often-quoted remark - "the bright idea favors the prepared mind.”
Mr. Iliopoulos also covered the Asia-Pacific region for customers’ calling vessels, and establishing and maintaining a network of key Chinese entities.
Mr. Iliopoulos is best remembered for his 10 years of service to King Hussein, being directly responsible for all matters related to the sea and its related institutions, including that Jordan National Shipping Line and the monarch’s pleasure mega-yacht.