Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
George Economou has over 40 years of experience in the maritime industry and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dryships Inc. since its incorporation in 2004. He successfully took the Company public in February 2005, on NASDAQ under the trading symbol: DRYS. Mr. Economou has overseen the Company's growth into one of the largest US listed drybulk company in fleet size and revenue and the third largest Panamax owner in the world. The Company subsequently invested in and developed Ocean Rig UDW Inc., an owner of drilling rigs and drillships involved in ultra deepwater drilling. Mr. Economou is the Chairman of Ocean Rig UDW Inc and served as Ocean Rig Chief Executive Officer from 2010 until 2017.
Mr. Economou is a member of ABS Council, Intertanko Hellenic Shipping Forum and Lloyds Register Hellenic Advisory Committees. Since 2010, he has been a member of the board of directors of Danaos Corporation. Mr. Economou is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds 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 Shipbuilding Management.