New York.- GreekNewsOnline
Polyxeni Matroperrou, a senior officer of the Ministry of Press and Information of Greece, who served in New York as the Director of the Press Office, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Vice Admiral Evangelos Tsantzalos (ret.) and son Pericles. Her funeral will take place in Andros. Friends and colleagues in New York will host at the same day a memorial lunch. In lieu of flowers, her family kindly ask you to donate to any cause, organization or person in need.
Polyxeni Mastroperrou, was born in Athens, but was raised on the island of Andros where both her parents were coming from. She was a graduate in political science from Panteion University in Athens,Greece (1985-89). After receiving training as a Communications Officer in the Ministry for Press and Mass Media (renamed the Secretariat General of Communication – Secretariat General of Information in 2004) in 1994-1996, Ms. Mastroperrou served in the Ministry for Press and Mass Media in Athens from 1996 to 1998, and in the Greek Press and Communication Office in Sofia, Bulgaria from 1998 to 2000.
In 2002 she was appointed Director of the Greek Press and Communication Office in Stockholm, Sweden, and from 2003 to 2006 served at the Ministry for Press and Mass Media (renamed as above) at the Public Relations Directorate at the time Greece had the presidency of the EU, and was responsible for two press centers, one in Chalkidiki and the other in Crete, working with foreign correspondents for almost a year. From 2004 to 2006 she became the head of the Public Relations Directorate responsible for organizing events. In 2004 she was responsible for events in the Zappeion Press Center for non-accredited media of the Olympic Committee and for thousands of individuals from around the world who had no access to other press centers. She served in New York as the Director of the Press Office from 2007-2011.
The Information Service and Public Diplomacy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece has issued the following statement:
“We express our deepest sorrow for the loss of our beloved colleague Polyxeni Mastroperrou, who left us this morning after many months battling the dreaded disease.
Polyxeni, a great friend, colleague, and most competent public officer, graduated from the National School of Public Administration, joined General dynamic Secretariat of Communication and Information and served in Sofia, Stockholm, and New York, where she headed the Press Office. Returning to Athens, she became Webmaster of the Greek Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers website of(2014), after which she served in the Information Service and Public Diplomacy Ministry of Foreign Affairs, successfully highlighting Greece and the activities of the Ministry through her expert handling of social media.
Polyxeni was an excellent model for service in public administration, executing successfully whatever task she was assigned in an exemplary manner. She always served Greece with altruism, responsibility, creativity and professionalism, making a decisive contribution toward strengthening public diplomacy. The Foreign Ministry and all her colleagues in the Information Service express sincere condolences to her family.”