PROFILE-Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos

ATHENS Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:01am EST

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ATHENS Nov 23 (Reuters) - Position: Prime Minister of Greece

Incumbent: Lucas Papademos

Born: Oct. 11, 1947

Appointed: Nov. 11, 2011

Key facts:

-- Before taking over as prime minister of a new coalition cabinet to help his country stay in the euro zone, Lucas Papademos was an adviser to socialist premier George Papandreou.

-- A vice president of the European Central Bank from 2002 to 2010, Papademos has a degree in physics, a master's in electrical engineering and a PhD in economics, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.

-- He has taught at universities both in Greece and abroad including Columbia University and Harvard.

-- After an academic career in the United States spanning almost a decade, Papademos served as a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in 1980.

-- In 1985 he joined the Bank of Greece, the central bank, as a chief economist, moving up its ranks until he became governor in 1994.

-- Papademos has no previous political experience, but as the former governor of the Bank of Greece until 2002, he helped oversee the country's efforts to join the euro zone.

-- Elections are tentatively to be held around Feb. 19, but Papademos does not want to set a deadline over his term. He has said he will stay until he completes his task.

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