Sudhakar Kesavan serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ICF, a global management, technology, and policy consulting firm headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. The firm has offices throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and over 5,000 employees serving clients in the public and private sectors. The firm is traded on the NASDAQ public market (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.
Mr. Kesavan has also led the expansion of ICF’s geographic footprint globally. From primarily an east coast-based firm with an office in Washington, DC, the firm has established multiple offices servicing clients all across the U.S. The firm has also established offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and India.
Mr. Kesavan was named a "Tech Titan" and "industry leader" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2015, 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. 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 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 New York-based 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 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.