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Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that its chief operating officer Mahesh Ramanujam will replace Rick Fedrizzi, Hon. AIA, as CEO when Fedrizzi steps down from the position at the end of 2016.

Ramanujam joined USGBC in 2009 as senior vice president of technology, and became chief operating officer in 2011. The following year, he was also named president of the Green Building Certification Institute (now Green Business Certification Inc.), a third-party organization that provides certification services for rating systems such as the USGBC's LEED standard and the Well Building Standard​, as well as professional credentialing services, such as LEED accreditation.

In June, Fedrizzi announced his plans to step down from the organization he founded in 1993, upon which the USGBC launched a search committee to identify candidates for the incoming CEO position.