Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
George Economou has over 25 years of experience in the maritime industry. He has served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of DryShips Inc. (DRYS) since its inception in 2004. He successfully took the Company public in February 2005, on NASDAQ under the trading symbol: DRYS. Economou has overseen the Company's growth into the largest US listed dry bulk company in fleet size and revenue and the second largest Panamax owner in the world.
Economou began his career in 1976 when he commenced working as a Superintendent Engineer in Thenamaris Ship Management in Greece. From 1981-1986 he held the position of General Manager of Oceania Maritime Agency in New York. Between 1986 and 1991 he invested and participated in the formation of numerous individual shipping companies and in 1991 he founded Cardiff Marine Inc., Group of Companies.
Economou is a member of ABS Council, Intertanko Hellenic Shipping Forum, and Lloyds Register Hellenic Advisory Committee.
Economou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He is a graduate of Athens College, and completed his higher education in the United States at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, in 1976; he earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and a Master of Science in Shipping and Shipyard Management.
Effective May 30 2007, Mr. Economou has been appointed by the DryShips Board as the Interim Chief Financial Officer.