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Giannopoulos new global CEO at GHD

By Adam Freill   

Construction Leadership

Former Americas chief executive, Jim Giannopoulos, set to build on growth of global professional services company.

Jim Giannopoulos. (Photo courtesy of GHD)

GHD has appointed Jim Giannopoulos as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Ashley Wright who has been CEO since 2016. 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, the United States 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 Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and 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.

“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.”


“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,” said GHD chair Rob Knott.

Under Wright’s leadership, GHD has grown from annual revenue of AUD$1.67 billion to $2.68 billion in 2023 with an 81 per cent increase in earnings. Wright’s leadership also enabled the expansion of GHD’s Digital and Advisory businesses, and the implementation of a client-focussed, sustainability-driven strategy.  The company has also achieved carbon neutrality for its Scope 1 and 2 emissions and is now developing science-based net zero targets, to further reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

“I joined GHD 20 years ago because I believed it was one of the best professional services companies in the world. It’s been an immense honour to contribute to its growth and help shape the next generation of leaders,” said Wright.




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