The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors announced COO Mahesh Ramanujam has been named incoming CEO and will move into the role after Rick Fedrizzi, co-founder of USGBC and current CEO, steps down at the end of 2016.

Mahesh Ramanujam
Mahesh Ramanujam

“Mahesh has a highly impressive track record of success in both his role as USGBC’s COO and as president of Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI),” says USGBC board chair Marge Anderson. “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 of technology before being named COO in September 2011. In December 2012, he was named president of GBCI.

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.

Ramanujam is a native of Chennai, India, and holds a bachelor’s of engineering in computer sciences from Annamalai University, where he began his career in software and systems analysis and product development.