‘’It is with great pleasure that I recommend my former student at the Naval Postgraduate School, Major General Panagiotis Gartzonikas. General Gartzonikas is an academically credentialed scholar of military affairs. He combines broad historical and theoretical knowledge with extensive practical experience in multiple dimensions of defense issues, from warfare in its various manifestations, to staff planning, peace keeping, civil-military relations, and logistics. His observations are always informed and his interpretations and explanations clear and insightful’’.
Douglas Porch, PhD
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
‘’I have known General Panos Gartzonikas for nearly 20 years from when we were Colonels together in NATO. He is a terrific officer who I admire greatly. He is a highly skilled and effective leader and thinker with great experience in military leadership across a wide range of national and international organisations. He has worked extensively in multinational and civil-military fields, leading combat units and complex peacetime establishments in which he translated successfully his military skills into civilian life. He is highly knowledgable and effective in management, organisational reform and change. Throughout his career he has been an outstanding trainer and educator, always getting the very best out of his people by developing and mentoring their skills and capabilities. He has accumulated a lifetime of wisdom and hard-won expertise which will be incredibly valuable to others. I wish him every success in his new business and I recommend him most strongly to those who want to learn from the best in their field.’’
Lieutenant General (UK Army, retired) Phil Jones, CB CBE DL,
Managing Director of Othrys Ltd, former Chief of Staff, NATO Allied Command for Transformation (ACT)
‘’The wide range of knowledge General Koutris possesses is particularly impressive compared to the narrower understanding normally found in military personnel. His open-mindedness and varied experience derived from business and positions held in international organisations, together with a comprehension of strategy, a fully-developed entrepreneurial perception, political acumen, deductive and rational thinking and speech are complemented by a studied decisiveness capable of producing positive achievements, initiatives based on knowledge and a particular productivity. These exceptional characteristics were not obtained by neglecting other parts of life (husband, father, friend, good company, colleague, citizen, etc.), but by devoting himself to them assiduously.’’.
Lieutenant General, retired, Stylianos Nasis
Honorary Commander 1st Army and Former Chief, National Guard of Cyprus
‘’General Koutris always showed high level of professionalism, versatility and zeal, taking responsibility and positive initiatives and working methodically. He also took care, with his distinctive discipline, to be in coordination and admirable cooperation with all members of our Delegation, which I consider as a matter of high importance for a complex Office. In the demanding environment of an International Organisation he showed a high level of adaptability and specifically useful communication skills among his homologous comrades. The qualities that mark him are modesty, confidentiality, integrity and he is extremely likeable to his foreign colleagues, with whom he has developed perfect social relations.’’.
Ambassador Aristides Sandis