CHAIRMAN OF HAMAC, CEO OF VIVA ONLINE SERVICES S.A. AND VIVA PAYMENT SERVICES S.A.
Haris Karonis is an Electrical Engineer and the current CEO of “VIVA WALLET S.A.” (www.vivawallet.com), “VIVA ONLINE SERVICES S.A.” (www.viva.gr) and “VIVA PAYMENT SERVICES S.A.” (www.vivapayments.com). He has 20 years’ experience as an executive in the Internet and Telecommunications Sector and 15 years of experience in the Banking Industry.
He started off his career in 1996 as a Sales & Marketing Manager at Groovy Net (one of the first ISPs in Greece) and a year later he became General Manager. In 2000 he founded VIVA WALLET S.A. (formerly known as REALIZE S.A.), a leading company in Web development & Technology Marketing Services, while five (5) years later he established VIVA ONLINE SERVICES S.A. that provides innovative ITC Services and Destination Manage Services (DMS).
In 2010 he founded VIVA PAYMENT SERVICES S.A., a Ε-Money Institution licensed by the Bank of Greece, to offer innovative online and mobile payment services. The company launched in 2013 the 1st mobile wallet in Greece called “VivaWallet” and began its international expansion by obtaining a passport to provide payments services in 31 countries of the EEA.
Besides his industry appointments, Haris Karonis has offered consulting services in numerous Greek companies and is currently the Chairman of the Board of HAMAC (Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies).