The USGBC Board of Directors announced that Mahesh Ramanujam has completed the transition into his new role as president and CEO of USGBC. He will also serve as President and CEO of USGBC’s sister organisation, GBCI. Formerly USGBC’s COO, Ramanujam takes the reins from Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC’s founding chair, who had previously announced plans to leave the organisation toward the end of 2016.
“It is an incredible honour for me to lead and serve this impressive and dynamic organisation,” said Ramanujam. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continually develop and enhance USGBC’s capabilities and performance to ensure we deliver the future that our founders envisioned—transforming the way our buildings and communities are designed, built and operated so they enable a healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life for people everywhere.”
“We look forward to Mahesh’s leadership of USGBC and GBCI,” said Fiona Cousins, USGBC Board Chair. “Mahesh has already contributed a great deal to the organisation and brings a strong mixture of vision and pragmatism to the organisation that will be crucial as the organisation, and the world, continues to change.”
Mahesh brings a strong focus on serving the underserved and a drive to broaden and deepen USGBC’s market transformation efforts.
Ramanujam joined USGBC in 2009 as senior vice president of technology, and was named COO in September 2011. In December 2012, he was also named president of GBCI. In 2015, when Fedrizzi announced his plans to leave USGBC toward the end of 2016, the USGBC Board of Directors named Ramanujam as incoming CEO.
Prior to joining USGBC, Ramanujam was COO for Emergys, a business transformation consulting firm in North Carolina. Before that, he was a consultant to IBM, serving as 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 and holds a bachelor’s of engineering degree in computer sciences from Annamalai University, where he began his career in software and systems analysis and product development.