Kristopher Hopkins

Executive Director, West Virginia Development Office

Secretary of Commerce H. Wood Thrasher announced the appointment of Kristopher Hopkins as Executive Director of the West Virginia Development Office.

Hopkins comes to the position with 14 years of experience in business development and location strategy. He has worked with high level executives in Fortune 100 companies and global manufacturing leaders in chemicals, plastics, automotive, aerospace, metals, medical device and composites.

He previously served as Director of the Business and Industrial Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office. His areas of expertise include location strategy, risk assessment, facility deployment and execution.

“Kris has played an active role in bringing several major business projects to the state over the years,” said Woody Thrasher, West Virginia Secretary of Commerce. “I look forward to working with Kris to build on West Virginia’s strengths and diversify business opportunities in our state.”

The West Virginia Development Office, under the West Virginia Department of Commerce, works both domestically and abroad to grow the state’s economy by recruiting, retaining and expanding industries in the state. The Development Office serves as the lead for new business recruitment and helps established businesses expand and succeed. The agency works with local governments and economic developers to achieve these goals.

Also housed within the Development Office are the Business and Industrial Development division, the International division, the Small Business Development Center, and the Community Development division. In his new role, Hopkins will oversee the activities of these agencies.

Before joining the Development Office, Hopkins held leadership positions for a Fortune 1000 company in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. He has broad experience developing strategy and executing the deployment of manufacturing and back office facilities.

Hopkins, a native West Virginian, holds an economics degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Charleston. He lives in Cabell County with his wife, Dr. Jill Hopkins, and their two daughters.