GHD appoints new global CEO
Jim Giannopoulos, CEO of GHD. (Image: Salty Dingo)

GHD has announced the appointment of Jim Giannopoulos as its new global CEO, succeeding Ashley Wright. This planned transition process, announced to shareholders and employees in December 2023, continues the employee-owned company’s history of succession from within its operations.

Giannopoulos, most recently CEO of the Americas, brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having overseen GHD’s operations in Canada, the USA and Chile over the past four years. With a career spanning over three decades since his start as a graduate chemical engineer at the company, he has held various leadership and project roles across Australia, Asia, Canada and the United States.

A Chartered Professional Engineer and fellow of Engineers Australia, Giannopoulos is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He will be based in Melbourne, Australia.

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“As I step into this role, I am excited by the opportunities for GHD’s global growth and am passionate about partnering and collaborating to deliver positive outcomes for our clients, communities and our people by continuing to provide innovative solutions to some of the biggest water, energy and community challenges,” said Giannopoulos.

“It’s an honour to lead such a strong, talented and collaborative team, offering many diverse services in different countries, united by our values and a common purpose of creating lasting community benefit.”

GHD chair Rob Knott paid tribute to Ashley Wright, who has been GHD’s CEO since 2016: “We thank Ashley for his strong leadership and service in consistently building a diversified global business and brand, focused on making water, energy and communities sustainable for generations to come.”

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