WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors announced today that Mahesh Ramanujam has completed the transition into his new role as president and CEO of USGBC, effective Nov. 4, 2016. He will also serve as president and CEO of USGBC's sister organization, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Formerly USGBC's COO, Ramanujam takes the reins from Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC's founding chair, who had previously announced plans to leave the organization toward the end of 2016.
"It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this impressive and dynamic organization," 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 organization and brings a strong mixture of vision and pragmatism to the organization, which will be crucial as the organization, 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. "Mahesh is a remarkable leader," said Fedrizzi, who is now chairman and CEO of the International WELL Building Institute. "His strong business background, his demonstrated track record and his amazing gift for inspiring the best in those around him make him the perfect CEO for USGBC at this time in its history. His global vision and his strategic approach give all of us great confidence that he will guide the organization to much success in the coming years."