ICF announced its appointment of President John Wasson as CEO and a member of the board of directors, succeeding the company’s current chief executive Sudhakar Kesavan as he assumes the position of executive chairman.
Wasson will remain president, and the addition of his CEO title is effective Oct. 1. Kesavan, who has served as CEO since 1999, will continue to be closely involved in company strategy and operations as he leads the board.
“This is a natural leadership transition for the company,” Kesavan said. “John and I have worked closely together for decades, and he has heavily contributed to the remarkable growth of ICF. I have full confidence in his ability to lead the company as we continue to our growth path and execute our strategy of diversifying the types of clients we serve and the capabilities we offer.”
Wasson joined ICF in 1987 as an associate, and has served as president since 2010 and as chief operating officer since 2003, managing all of the company’s client-facing operating groups and corporate business development functions. He is also responsible for ICF’s client delivery and satisfaction, business development, staff recruitment and acquisition integration.
“I appreciate this vote of confidence from the ICF Board of Directors,” Wasson said. “It has been a fulfilling experience to work with Sudhakar in executing the company’s growth strategies, and I look forward to continuing our teamwork as I take on new responsibilities. I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead the talented and committed people who make up ICF during this exciting growth period.”
Wasson is also a board member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Medal for Business Achievement by the University of California Davis College of Engineering, where he also serves as chair of the Dean’s Executive Committee.
Eileen Auen, lead independent director of ICF’s board of directors, said ICF is fortunate to have strong and stable leadership.
“Sudhakar and John have done a terrific job leading the company as it has grown rapidly – doubling in revenue every five years for the past two decades,” she said. “ICF is also viewed very positively by its clients and peers, and we are pleased to have John’s leadership to continue the company’s strategy for growth, expansion, and excellence in delivery.”