Former Google Executive Steve Vranakis Leaves Greek Government



Steve Vranaakis and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in October 2019. Credit: Greek government

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Tuesday that former Google executive Steve Vranakis has completed his mission in the government as Chief Creative Officer and will now pursue his career in the private sector.

In a statement, the Premier thanked Vranakis for “his extremely valuable contribution” and stressed that his office will continue to draw upon his expertise on a voluntary basis.

Vranakis departed his previous job as Executive Creative Director and head of Google Creative Lab in October 2019 and had relocated to Greece for the newly-created role.

He served as a special advisor to Mitsotakis and collaborated with the government to help “rebrand” the country, which has experienced a financial crisis for much of the past decade.

The former Google executive was instrumental in developing several pioneering projects including “GreeceFromHome,” “Greek Summer,” the “Andros Sandbox,” “Work from Greece,” (a bid to attract Digital Nomads), and “Grentry.”

Vranakis has also been credited for the creation of the official commercial trademark which will be used for all products originating from Macedonia.

The former Google exec, who comes from a Greek family, grew up in Vancouver, Canada, before moving to London to work there for a number of years.