ENR Names George Leventis “Top 25 Newsmaker”by: Kelly Sheridan
ENR recently named Langan International Managing Director George E. Leventis as a “Top 25 Newsmaker” for his work on Greece’s €10-billion, 1000-KM roadway program. This year ENR recognized individuals who have served the best interests of the construction industry and the public. “Newsmakers” are innovative, overcome challenges, and their accomplishments offer benefits that will have an impact beyond their own companies.
Leventis has a long history of overcoming the challenges that accompany complex projects in Greece, including his involvement in the Athens Olympics of 2004 and the Rion-Antirion Bridge. These experiences prepared him to navigate the intense political environment and ongoing financial crisis that surrounded the Olympia Odos motorway project, for which he served as the lender’s technical advisor since 2006 and was completed in 2017. This landmark project provides critical links to key destinations in Greece and is a vital part of the Trans-European Network.
“What should have been about $30 million per month in construction work slowed down to about $3 million during the crisis. But, working together with all the stakeholders, we kept it going,” says Leventis.