Dimitris C. Giarmenitis was born in 1959 in Athens. He graduated from the Law School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece in 1983 and he practiced law between 1984 and 1992 for Argyriou Law Firm. At the same period, Dimitris Giarmenitis made his first steps into the music business as a music journalist for popular music magazines in Greece, the legendary ‘POP&Rock’ and TAHYDROMOS (1985–1991), while working as an international marketing assistant for CBS/Sony Music. In 1998, he attended an executive program at Harvard University in JFK School of Government for Management.
His main career path was leaning towards the record label industry. He started as an assistant for the International Marketing Department and a product manager in the Greek CBS/Sony Music, where he was evolved in one of the most successful International Marketing teams not only in the Greek market but also globally, amongst CBS/Sony Music professionals. At the age of 32, he was assigned as Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Greece and in 2007 he was assigned as the chairman of the Hellenic Collecting & Administrating Society of the Rights of Phonogram & Videogram Producers IFPI/Grammo.
The next year, he became the first CEO of a Greek record label who developed the 360 model for SME’s international and local artists, when he founded Day1’s annex in Greece named as Show What Events and more and promoted with his team shows, exhibitions (such as Game On), festivals (such as Synch Festival), live concerts (such as Pet Shop Boys, Nine Inch Nails and family entertainment events (such as Disney on Ice, Scooby Doo etc. ).
During his 30 years’ service in Sony Music Greece he accomplished over 400 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum album sales awards. This unique achievement represents one of the most successful artist development runs by any Managing Director in the history of Sony Music Entertainment.
In 2011 Giarmenitis decided to step off his positions as a chairman of IFPI/Grammo and Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Greece in order to continue his career as the General Manager of the Greek non-profit music licensing organization for the collective management of neighboring rights of singers, musicians and producers, GEA-Grammo, Erato, Apollon.
He serves as an advisor in issues concerning Intellectual Property and Real Estate.
Education: LLB, Law School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Greece (1983)
Harvard University, JFK School of Government. (1998)
Languages: Greek, English, French