Former energy director Solon Kassinis has been appointed energy advisor to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
Speaking on private Sigma television channel, Kassinis confirmed the appointment, saying it was clinched after personally meeting the Greek premier.
Rumours that the Greek government was interested in hiring him had been doing the rounds for months, as Greece prepares to put up for auction several offshore hydrocarbon blocks.
Kassinis, with more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, was involved in bilateral talks with neighbouring countries that led to delimiting Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.
Having served for several years as the head of the energy service at the commerce ministry, Kassinis landed a job as executive vice-chairman of the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company (CNHC).
The outspoken technocrat quit the CNHC last summer after a brief stint, citing disagreements with the government handling of energy decision-making. He then went on to found a consulting firm.