Maria (Marily) Frangista was born in 1958 in Athens. Her professional activity started in 1979 when she joined the sales department of COPAIS CANNING INDUSTRY, a production and trading industry of agricultural products based in Greece. She moved on to join the London based office of ship owning and management company FRANCO SHIPPING LONDON before moving to Athens to work for FRANCO COMPANIA NAVIERA S.A., a ship management company established in Greece. She has been acting as Managing Director of FRANCO COMPANIA NAVIERA S.A. since 1995. Since 2000, she has held non-executive positions in the Board of Directors of various institutional organizations in the Maritime Industry. In November 2010 she was appointed as an independent non executive member of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Greece. She is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Greek Ship-owners Union and has been appointed as a Treasurer/ Secretary of the Board of Directors by the MALTA INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING COUNCIL (MISC). Additionally, Mrs. Frangista is an active member of numerous Charities, Museums, Cultural Organizations and NGOs. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the “American College of Greece – Deree”. She has native fluency in English and French as well as an intermediate knowledge of German.