Leon Patitsas, Founder & CEO

Leon Patitsas has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Maritime, since he founded the company in 2003. Leon Patitsas built the company from ground up, and successfully bought, operated and sold dry bulk, gas carriers and tankers. Under his leadership the company navigated through the rough seas of the global recession and never hesitated to take on the toughest challenges. Leon formulates the strategic direction of the company and oversees its successful implementation. He is actively involved in business development, nurturing new and existing relationships and expanding into new fields. Leon has over 15 years of experience in Shipping and prior to heading Atlas he gained valuable experience in sale and purchase, chartering and corporate finance positions. Leon has established a company with a transparent corporate identity and has promoted a corporate culture based on teamwork, loyalty and hard work. In the 90’s Leon worked for a bank in New York as a member of the team that invested in hedge funds. Starting from the bottom as an engineer on board a ship he gained valuable hands on experience, offering him a thorough knowledge and understanding of all the facets of shipmanagement, engineering and operations. Mr. Patitsas has a Master of Science from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. He is a member of the committee of Skuld P&I Club (Norwegian Insurance organization) and a Council member of the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO).