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A skilled negotiator, results-driven consensus builder, and accomplished public speaker, Mahesh Ramanujam brings over 16 years of diversified enterprise management to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its sister organization, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

As USGBC’s Chief Operating Officer and as President of GBCI, Mahesh executes and supports the vision of USGBC and GBCI CEO Rick Fedrizzi by bringing a passion for people, the global business case for a sustainable built environment, and a strategic operational focus to a rapidly expanding organization that is certifying more than 1.9 million square feet of LEED commercial office space every day across the globe.

Mahesh’s areas of expertise include strategic business planning, business and market development, the customer experience, business process optimization, finance, operations, human performance and productivity management, technology, organizational design, and marketing.

Mahesh graduated from India’s Annamalai University with a degree in Computer Engineering. Before becoming COO of USGBC, Mahesh served as USGBC’s Chief Information Officer and oversaw technology, customer service at GBCI. Prior to joining GBCI in 2009, Mahesh was COO of Emergys Corp., a business technology consulting firm that leverages emerging technologies to deliver business transformation to its clients. Over a period of 11 years, Mahesh successfully led various transformation programs at IBM and Lenovo.