Dimitri Gianakopoulos

CEO, The Champion Company

Dimitri Gianakopoulos is the CEO of The Champion Company, a diversified group of companies with expertise in chemical mixing and compounding, metal and plastic fabrication, automation, metal stamping and machining, electroplating and painting. In his position, Gianakopoulos establishes the strategy and long-range vision for the 135-year-old, privately held business that includes Champion GSE, Rawac Plating Co, Kreider Corp., Champion Funeral. As a group, The Champion Company assists its customers in the following industries: funeral trades, truck and automotive supply chain, aerospace, energy, defense and space exploration.

As CEO, Gianakopoulos works closely with the senior management teams of the family-owned business to:  capitalize on growth opportunities in each respective industry; build an organizational culture that aligns with his values of integrity, safety, transparency and personal responsibility; and set budgets and fund projects that support the corporate strategy and goals.

Currently, Gianakopoulos is working with the Champion GSE team to leverage their product development, engineering and manufacturing expertise to develop highly engineered new products that will continue to meet the needs of current and future customers.

Prior to being named CEO in 2013, Gianakopoulos held positions of special operations manager and executive vice president at Champion. Before that, he attended colleges in Ohio and Alaska.