Mahesh Ramanujam, U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) COO, has been named incoming CEO, and will move into the role after USGBC's co-founder and current CEO, Rick Fedrizzi, steps down at the end of 2016.
USGBC's Ramanujam to be CEO
September 15, 2015
“Mahesh has a highly impressive track record of success in both his role as USGBC’s COO and as President of Green Business Certification.,” said Marge Anderson, USGBC's board chair. “He is a proven leader who has exhaustive knowledge of the organization, respect from its volunteer leadership and strong support from its team. He has extensive global experience and broad business acumen. He is the perfect choice to lead the organization into the future.”
Ramanujam joined USGBC in 2009 as senior vice president, technology, before being named COO in September 2011. In December 2012, he was also named president of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) where he broadened offerings to better serve a wider client base, leading the organization to change its name to Green Business Certification earlier this year.
“As a founder, I could not be happier, and as a CEO, I could not be more satisfied that I’ll be able to leave USGBC in the best hands possible,” said Fedrizzi. “Since Mahesh first joined USGBC in 2009, he has transformed every corner of the organization, focusing on high performance and putting the needs of our customers and community members first. His personal core values are deeply aligned with our mission and his comprehensive understanding of our work make him the ideal leader for this role.”
Prior to joining USGBC, Ramanujam was COO for Emergys, a business transformation consulting firm in North Carolina. As a consultant to IBM, he was part of the team that led various business transformation initiatives including the sale of IBM PC systems to Lenovo and its printer divisions to Ricoh.
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