George Greanias has had a wide-ranging career in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. For more than 30 years, he has served as an elected public official and transit agency leader, taught and written as a business school professor, consulted with major national and international companies and not-for-profit organizations, and worked as an attorney. He has also authored books and articles on topics ranging from the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors to the genesis and implementation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
In his public career, Mr. Greanias has served as both council member and controller for Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city. More recently, as president and chief executive officer of Houston’s public Metropolitan Transit Authority, Mr. Greanias led a successful turnaround effort that established new strategic priorities, instituted clear operating principles, and brought order to the authority’s finances; resolved critical compliance issues regarding federally funded rail car purchases, preserved nearly $1 billion in federal grants for new rail construction, and put a major light rail expansion program back on schedule and budget; and negotiated union contracts and made changes to equipment purchase practices that provided greater operational flexibility and more opportunities to provide expanded service at a lower unit cost.
Mr. Greanias also consulted on an extended basis with one of the world’s largest engineering, procurement, and construction firms, and with one of North America’s Class I railroads. In those engagements, his portfolio included executive coaching, strategy development and execution, process improvement, change implementation, and merger integration. He has also facilitated strategic planning initiatives for not-for-profit organizations in education, the arts, and youth development.
Along with these activities, Mr. Greanias from 1977 to 1986 served as a charter member of the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, where he developed innovative cross-disciplinary courses in the legal, social, and political environments of business. He also authored numerous articles and spoke extensively at academic conferences across the United States. Prior to his academic work, Mr. Greanias was an attorney in Houston and New York, specializing in corporate and securities law.
Mr. Greanias is recognized for expertise in strategic planning, change management, leadership development, organizational development and improvement, program management, and team building, as well as on issues specifically involving the effective and efficient operation of corporate and government organizations, and their adaptability to the challenges of change.
Harvard Law School
B.A., 1970 (magna cum laude)
Organization+Performance Group, International, LLC
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas
President and chief executive officer
2010 - 2012
1999 - 2010
Organization Performance Group
1997 - 1999
George Greanias Consulting
1996 - 1997
City of Houston
1988 - 1995
City of Houston
1982 - 1987
Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein
1986 - 1987
Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
1977 - 1986
Singer, Hutner, Levine & Seaman
1974 - 1976
Liddell, Sapp, Zivley & Brown
1973 - 1974
Rice University, Phi Beta Kappa, 1970
Rice University, Dean Hugh Scott Cameron Award, 1970
Rice University, Abraham Exchange Scholar, 1968 - 1969
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