Chris Knight has served as group CEO of Opteon since 2016, overseeing offices in three countries and 20 acquisitions. Knight serves as a strong leader for Opteon’s diverse employee base. Since moving to the U.S. from Australia, Knight has been integral in adapting innovative technology for U.S. markets that results in two-day turn times. And Knight has driven the nearly 40% growth of the U.S. client base during the course of the last year.
As a leader, his boundless energy and strategic approach to improving processes and procedures proved to be the linchpin to Opteon’s success in navigating the industry’s high order volume. Knight’s commitment to clear lines of communication and full transparency endears him to Opteon’s employees and clients alike. During Opteon’s monthly all-company meetings, employees have full autonomy to pepper him with questions — no topic is off-limits.
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