Nancy Papaioannou: The First Greek American Woman President of a Bank in New York

On international women’s day we met Nancy Papaioannou, the first Greek-American woman who became a president of a bank in the United States. Papaioannou, today the president of Atlantic Bank talks to us about how it is to work in a men’s world and what was her secret of success.

The Greek-American who still remains a big advocate of Greece came to the States as a young employee from the Bank of Greece – then the parent company of Atlantic Bank. Starting from zero, she worked in all aspects of banking for Atlantic Bank while she was trying to figure out life in New York City.

“It wasn’t easy but the tough times build you up, says Papaioannou, today the head of the banking institution who has connected its history with the history of the Greek American community in New York.


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