Christos Cotsakos, Ph.D., MBA ’83

Christos joined the Graziadio Senior Fellows in Entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management in December 2010.

Christos is the founder, chairman, CEO and president of Pennington Ventures, LLC. He has a solid background in leadership and is considered to be one of the visionaries, architects, and entrepreneurs of e-commerce and e-finance. He also pioneered the early stages of development for personalized digital financial media. Christos served as chairman and CEO as well as president and CEO of E*Trade Group, Inc., where he raised $13 million in private equity to help finance the company’s start-up operations and a follow-on $1.5 billion to build out the company’s infrastructure.

Christos looks forward to utilizing his success as an entrepreneur to help inspire the students and fellow alumni of Pepperdine.

He graduated with honors from the University of London with a Ph.D. in economics. He also received an honors MBA from Pepperdine University and an honors BA in Communications from William Paterson University. In 2001, William Paterson University named its business school the Cotsakos College of Business in honor of Christos Cotsakos.

Christos Cotsakos, Ph.D., MBA ’83

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