• GHD CEO, Jim Giannopoulos.
    GHD CEO, Jim Giannopoulos.

Global professional services company, GHD, has appointed Jim Giannopoulos as CEO.

Giannopoulos replaces Ashley Wright effective 2 April, 2024. He will be based in Melbourne, Australia.

The planned transition process, announced to shareholders and employees in December, continues the employee-owned company’s history of succession from within its operations.

Giannopoulos was most recently CEO - Americas, having led the Canadian and then all operations for GHD’s Americas region including Canada, USA and Chile over the past four years.

Having joined the company as a graduate chemical engineer over 30 years ago, he has held various leadership and project roles in Australia, Asia, Canada and the United States. Giannopoulos is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Commenting on his appointment, Giannopoulos said there are plenty of opportunities for global growth.

“I am passionate about partnering and collaborating to deliver positive outcomes for our clients; it’s an honour to lead such a strong, talented and collaborative team,” he said.

GHD chair Rob Knott paid tribute to Ashley Wright, who has held the CEO position since 2016. Knott praised Wright for his strong leadership and service.