Published on September 06, 2023
This year we not only celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Drakos DMC by Christina Drakos, but also celebrate 30 years as a proud member of euromic. We speak to her about those early days:
“During the 80’s, we had a strong cooperation with Francois Bourcart of TPI (euromic Belgium), with whom we had operated many groups of Unilever and Upjohn Pharmaceutical from 1982 to 1989. I was introduced back then to Harry Baum of Spectra UK and Elhami El Zayat of EMECO Egypt, with the possibility of becoming the first euromic member from Cyprus.
We had a series of meetings at the euromic office, back then in Rue de Richelieu in Paris, and we submitted our complete application for full membership. In September 1989, Elhamy personally came to Cyprus to oversee that our operations were up to euromic standards. He was impressed. At the time three other Cypriot companies applied for the position, but we overtook all of them.
So in late 1990 euromic confirmed they would accept our membership. However, in 1991 the Gulf War started which severely affected travel to the region, and things remained at a standstill until early 1992.
Our first AGM with euromic was in January 1992 in Amsterdam, were we attended as a full member. At the time, Harry Baum, Elhami El Zayat, Giancarlo Carrera (Switzerland), Issy Scher (Isreal) and Ingrid Teyema (Netherlands) were members of the board. Later on I also served the board under the presidency of Marc Dans (Belgium) for 3 years, and that’s how our history started with euromic and continues strong until today, 30 years later!”