Chicago-based Guaranteed Rate promoted Nikolaos Athanasiou to chief operating officer from executive vice president. 

PMAthanasiou originally joined Guaranteed Rate’s first New England branch office in 2009.

He later moved to Chicago in 2011 where he led the growth of Direct Division to nearly $2 billion nationally in 2013.

In his new role, Athanasiou will work with the sales, underwriting and operations teams to enhance efficiency, optimize performance and deliver results.

“With Nikolaos leading our management team, I’m excited about our organizational enhancements as we continue to grow and transform our business,” said Victor Ciardelli, president and CEO of Guaranteed Rate.