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Sudhakar Kesavan


Chairman + Chief Executive Officer

Sudhakar Kesavan, Chairman and CEO ICF International

Sudhakar Kesavan serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ICF International (ticker symbol: ICFI). Under Mr. Kesavan’s leadership, ICF has become one of the world’s largest consulting firms specializing in two broad areas: energy and infrastructure, and health and social programs. With more than 60 offices worldwide, ICF works with clients in government, companies in the energy, health, technology, financial services, aviation and retail industries, foundations, and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Kesavan joined ICF as an Associate in 1983. Mr. Kesavan specialized in assessing the economic impact of regulation on industry. Throughout his consulting career, Mr. Kesavan has played a critical role in analyzing the economic impacts of various regulations on industry in the U.S. and in more than 50 countries worldwide. In 1996, he was named President of ICF Consulting Group, a division of Kaiser Engineers, a global engineering firm. In June 1999 he led the leveraged buyout of the division from Kaiser Engineers. The firm has grown organically and through acquisitions since it became an independent firm. The compound annual revenue growth rate of the firm since 2006 has been 15.5 percent. ICF has made 13 acquisitions in this period. Mr Kesavan also led the firm’s initial public offering in 2006 and a secondary offering in 2009.

Mr. Kesavan has also led the expansion of ICF’s geographic footprint globally. From primarily an east coast based firm with a large office in Washington DC, the firm has established multiple large offices servicing clients all across the U.S. The firm has also established offices in Canada, United Kingdom, Belgium, and India.

Mr. Kesavan was named a "Tech Titan" and "industry leader" by Washingtonian magazine in 2013 and in 2009, he was named “Executive of the Year” by the U.S. Professional Services Council. Mr. Kesavan also led the effort for ICF to become the first professional services firm in the world to go carbon neutral.

Mr. Kesavan is a member of the Board of Directors of ABM Industries, Inc. (NYSE: ABM), one of the largest facilities management companies in the U.S. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Inova Health System in northern Virginia.

Mr. Kesavan is an active member of the following organizations:

  • Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)—current Chairman of this association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. NVTC has about 1,100 member companies representing more than 200,000 employees.
  • Rainforest Alliance—serves as an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of this New York-based non-profit environmental organization committed to protecting ecosystems by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior.
  • IIMPACT—supports this non-profit organization focused on primary education for girls from economically and socially backward rural areas of India.

Mr. Kesavan received his master of science degree from the Technology and Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984), his postgraduate diploma in management (equivalent to MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1978), and his bachelor of technology degree (chemical engineering with distinction) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur (1976). IIT Kanpur awarded Mr. Kesavan the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010.


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