Be determined and perseverant, try for what might seem impossible to others. Be determined and perseverant, try for what might seem impossible to others.

The wealth of every company is undoubtedly its human capital.

Our pledge to our employees is at the core of our corporate culture.


George Constantelis, as General Manager of Bristol-Myers Squibb Greece

A few words on the company in Greece and the industry as a whole

Bristol-Myers Squibb is one of the leading biopharmaceutical companies in the world.

In Greece, BMS provides innovative medicines to patients and supports health and community initiatives. With regards to the Greek pharmaceutical industry, it represents one of the most dynamic sectors of the national economy, making a multifaceted contribution to society.

Main competitive advantage of BMS in Greece

One of the things that set BMS apart is its corporate culture, rooted in our pledge to research and develop innovative drugs that enhance and enlarge human life and in our commitment to excellence. On the one hand, we foster a business environment of high work ethics and, on the other hand, we try to have the best person in the market for every position.  

Greatest achievement in 2007

I am especially proud that Bristol-Myers Squibb in Greece is one of the highest ranked subsidiaries. And this is especially important in light of winning the Best Workplaces Award, for the second year in a row. And although this is by no means the end of the pursuit of excellence, it definitely speaks to the fact that we are on the right path. It was the recognition of our successful effort to create an environment where people can develop themselves and reach their full potential.

Greatest challenge for 2008 

I always like to set the bar high so for 2008, as for every year, I aspire to contribute to the cooperation of all stakeholders in order to advance the science of medicine. The state, doctors, healthcare personnel, pharmacists, pharmaceuticals, patient groups can, and must, work together for the benefit of the patient. I also think it’s a challenge to present abroad the investment and other opportunities in the Greek pharma industry. In fact, I did exactly that during an event held by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, on the occasion of a bilateral Economic and Commercial Cooperation Commission meeting between the U.S. Department of State and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Washington D.C., June 19-20).

Personal motto

The wealth and key success factor of every company is its human capital. The employees –with their hard work, dedication and behaviors – play an integral role in the performance of every company, as long as an environment where people are inspired, challenged, and rewarded is in place.

Reason behind your personal success 

It is the BMS pledge that really determines where I need to go and how to get there.

Expectations from your colleagues

I ask for nothing more from my colleagues than what I ask from myself: be determined and perseverant, try for what might seem impossible to others, and think from a zero base so that the BMS pledge is met every single day.

Favorite hobby

I enjoy visiting Lemnos, my home island, with my family. Although not an objective judge, I think it’s one of the most beautiful places in Greece!

Respect to our people

Our pledge to our employees is at the core of our corporate culture. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, we are a big family and every employee, from whichever position, is special. We invest in the development of our people and give them the tools to maximize their skills and talents. At the same time, we are there for them and their families, especially during trying times. And this is one more reason why we are so proud to be part of the BMS family that acts on its pledge.


The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation supports a wide range of activities regarding health disparities. Through an unrestricted grant provided by the BMS Foundation, BMS Greece partnered with Prof. I. Tsiantis [Professor of Child Psychiatry, President of European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry] to initiate and support the Helpline Connection for the Psychosocial Health of Children and Adolescents in Greece in 2005. The Helpline addresses issues of psychosocial health and is available, among others, to children, adolescents, parents, and educators. For the first 18 months it was supported by the BMS Foundation and the project has now been picked up by the Ministry of Health.

Recent awards

Best Place to Work 2007

Best Place to Work 2008

Abilify®: the Hellenic Pharmaceutical Marketing Association Excellence Award for the “Best Communications Campaign Implemented for Specialty Products in 2005-2006.”