Sudhakar Kesavan serves as chairman and chief executive officer of ICF. During his 20-year leadership tenure, ICF has rapidly become one of the most dynamic and successful consultancies in the industry. Starting with one office in Washington, D.C., ICF now has over 7,000 employees across more than 70 offices worldwide. The company has doubled in size every five years under Kesavan’s diversification strategy, which introduced ICF to new markets and dramatically expanded the capabilities and services offered. Having joined the company as an associate in 1983, Kesavan exemplifies ICF’s unique culture of upward mobility, high executive tenure and low staff turnover rates.
Kesavan has been named a "Tech Titan" and "industry leader" by Washingtonian Magazine and was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2009, he was named “Executive of the Year” by the U.S. Professional Services Council. Kesavan also led the effort for ICF to become the first professional services firm in the world to go carbon neutral.
Kesavan serves as 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. Kesavan also serves as board member emeritus for both the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), an 1,100-member association for the technology community in Northern Virginia, and the Rainforest Alliance, a non-profit environmental organization committed to protecting ecosystems by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior. He also supports IIMPACT, a non-profit organization focused on primary education for girls from rural and disadvantaged areas of India.
Kesavan holds a Master of Science degree from the Technology and Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984), his postgraduate diploma in management (equivalent to a Masters of Business Administration) 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 Sudhakar the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010.