The Opteon Board, is pleased to confirm the appointment of Mr Christopher (Chris) Knight as Chief Executive Officer of the Group.
Chris will transition from his current role as Managing Director of Opteon Victoria, taking the helm at Opteon from 11 July. Chris led a major transformation of culture and performance in Opteon’s largest business, Opteon Victoria, over the past five years. This resulted in substantial revenue and earnings growth, and a material expansion of shareholder value.
Chris first joined Opteon prior to the merger of Landlink and Market Line, before being appointed as the Residential Director and Operations Manager of Opteon Victoria. He has extensive property industry experience encompassing both real estate and valuations as well as qualifications in Accounting, Real Estate, Valuations, a Master of Business majoring in Property. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a Certified Property Valuer with the Australian Property Institute.
Opteon is one of Australia’s leading providers of property and valuation services with 800 employees across a national footprint of 75 locations, and current annual revenue exceeding $115m. Chairman, Michael Renshaw said, “Opteon has an ambitious vision and growth agenda and the Board has appointed a CEO with the proven ability to drive business performance through strategic planning and delivery.”
“Chris’ experience clearly aligns with our strategic goals; specifically, in the areas of organic growth, mergers and acquisitions, and international expansion. He also brings a commitment to innovation through technology and diversification of business lines, key levers that will stimulate and create growth in the context of our business, its industry, Australia and internationally.”
Chris Knight’s first order of business as Opteon CEO will be stakeholder consultation as he builds a robust strategic plan to realise Opteon’s vision.
CEO, Chris Knight said, “In coming weeks, I’m looking forward to meeting with shareholders, our clients, and our team. It’s insights from these meetings, and ongoing collaboration that will facilitate delivery of our plans for international expansion, business line diversification and innovation through technology. I’m honoured to be taking the helm at such an exciting time.”
The Board would like to commend and thank Natalie Fairlie, for her exemplary performance and support in the role of Acting CEO since October 2015.