USGBC Appoints Ramanujam as CEO, President

Mahesh Ramanujam brings extensive experience at USGBC to his new role.
Mahesh Ramanujam

Mahesh Ramanujam

Washington— The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) board has announced the appointment of Mahesh Ramanujam as president & CEO, effective Nov. 4. Ramanujam will also serve as president & CEO of USGBC’s sister organization, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).

“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,” said Ramanujam in a prepared statement.

Prior to joining USGBC,  Ramanujam served as COO for Emergys, a North Carolina-based business transformation consulting firm. Before that, he was consultant to IBM, serving as part of the team that led various business transformation initiatives, such as the sale of IBM PC systems to Lenovo and its printer divisions to Ricoh. Born in Chennai, India, Ramanujam holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in computer sciences from Annamalai University, where he started his career in software, systems analysis and product development.

Ramanujam joined USGBC back in 2009, when he served as senior vice president of technology. In 2011, he moved up the ladder to COO and in 2012, Ramanujam  was also appointed president of GBCI.

“Our work has had a tremendous impact on millions of people as we strive to improve and enhance our world. USGBC is not just about buildings. It is about bold leadership to create business and community transformation while driving sustainability for all,” added Ramanujam.

Ramanujam follows in the footstep of Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC’s founding chair, who had previously announced his intention to leave the organization at the end of 2016. Effective Nov. 4, Fedrizzi took on the role of CEO & chairman of International WELL Building Institute’s board.

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