Vol. 3 No.3  
  • Mr Mihai Stanisoara is the new presidential counsellor for national security problems, replacing Sergiu Medar, who has resigned for health reasons. Stanisoara graduated from  the National College for Defence in 2001 and also holds a PhD in technical sciences. The new counsellor is also president of the Defence Commission, Public Order and National Safety and vice president of Romania’s Parliament Delegation for the NATO Parliamentary Gathering.
  • Mr Alain Mangion has been appointed Ambassador of Malta to Romania and is resident in Malta.


  • Lieutenant General Constantin Croitoru has been appointed Chief of the Air Force Command after being released from the job of general director of General Direction of Information and Defence. Mr Croitoru joined the army in 1974 after graduating from the Military School of Aviation Officers. He has flown planes such as the LanceR, MIG-29, HONG-5 and IAR-316 and is married with one son.
  • Mr Calin Popescu Tariceanu, Prime Minister of Romania, has appointed himself as the interim Minister of Foreign Affairs for Romania until another candidate is found.
  • Mr Niculae Goia has been appointed Ambassador of Romania to the United Arab Emirates. A former general now in reserve, Mr Goia has previously worked as deputy head of Romania’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) and was part of the team in charge with saving of Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq in 2005.
  • Mr Cristian Preda, 40, is a new presidential counsellor in the Education and Culture Department of the Presidential Administration. Mr Preda, an academic, is Romania’s former Governmental Commissioner for Francophony.
  • Mr Sebastian Laurentiu Lazaroiu, 37, has been appointed as presidential counsellor in the Planning and Political Analysis Department of the Presidential Administration. Prior to this position Mr Lazaroiu was general manager of CURS - the Centre for Urban and Regional Sociology, which gives regular opinion pollings.
  • Mr Bujor Bogdan Teodoriu, 54, has been named as presidential counsellor in the Economic and Social Policies Department of the Presidential Administration. Before taking on the presidential position, Mr Teodoriu was president of the Romanian Centre for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Foundation.
  • Mr Perry V Zizzi has been appointed partner at the Bucharest branch of law firm Salans. The former managing counsel in the firm has experience in banking, real estate, acquisitions, securitisations, private equity and capital markets. He previously worked in the legal industry  in the capitals of Paris, London and New York.
  • Mr Ciprian Lopata has been appointed head of Arco Real Estate Consulting Romania, a subsidiary of Estonian Arco Vara Group. Lopata is married with two children and moved to Latvia in 1997 when taking the job of sales director for Colgate Palmolive Baltics, where he was promoted to the position of general manager in 1999. Mr Lopata has also been  CEO at Cleanaway Central Eastern Europe and Russia and partner at IPC investment.
  • Mr David Lechleiter is the new vice-president and general manager of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Romania after being transferred from Slovenia. Before taking on this job, the French-born was also manager in GSK’s financial and commercial department in Great Britain and Ireland. He takes over from Roberto Musneci, who is leaving the company to pursue a new project in the Government lobbying market.
  • Mr Cosmin Turcu has been promoted to the position of general manager of Rompetrol Rafinare (Petromidia refinery), replacing Cosmin Cocean, who acts as vice president of the Rompetrol Group responsible for the refining and petrochemicals activities. Before this appointment, Mr Turcu was deputy general manager of Rompetrol Rafinare.
  • Mr Vassilis Papaioannou, 45, has been appointed general manager of Bank of Cyprus in Romania. His previous work experience includes the position of business centre manager for Bank of Cyprus in Greece for the last 12 years and also team head manager for Citibank in Greece. He has an MBA in finance graduated in 1989 at the City University of New York. Mr Papaioannou is an US and Greek citizen, fluent in English.
  • Mr Kypros Ellinas, 48, has been appointed as general manager of Cyprus Leasing IFN Romania. Before taking on this job, his previous positions include branch manager for Bank of Cyprus for the last ten years in the areas of Nicosia and Larnaca. The new general manager has a marketing MBA and is married with two children. Mr Ellinas has interests in music, football and reading.
  • Mr Gheorghe Vilcu has taken on the position of Romanian Ambassador to East Timor Democratic Republic and is resident in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mr Vilciu’s previous diplomatic experience includes work as Minister Counsellor at the Romanian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.