In addition to Francisco D’Souza, our Chief Executive Officer and his predecessor, Lakshmi Narayanan, who serves as Vice Chairman, our board is comprised of prominent industry executives who apply their many years of business success and offer strategic insights that help continuously strengthen the business and enable us to better serve our clients.
Francisco D'Souza, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. D’Souza is Cognizant’s CEO and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. As CEO, he is responsible for managing Cognizant’s growth as a leading provider of global consulting, information technology and outsourcing services. During Mr. D’Souza’s tenure as CEO, Cognizant’s employee base has grown from 55,000 to nearly 200,000. As a result of this strong growth, Cognizant has been named a member of the S&P 500, the Fortune 500, the Forbes Global 2000 and one of Forbes Fastest Growing Tech Companies.
Mr. D’Souza joined Cognizant as a co-founder in 1994 – the year it was started as a division of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Francisco is a member of the Board of Directors of General Electric Company. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University, the Board of Trustees of The New York Hall of Science and the Board of Trustees of the US India Business Council. He is a member of the World Economic Forum, the Business Round Table and the Science Visiting Council for the acclaimed PBS science program, NOVA.
The son of an Indian diplomat, Mr. D’Souza is a global citizen who has lived in nine different countries and traveled to many others. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of East Asia and his MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice Chairman
Mr. Narayanan is a technology industry professional, with over 30 years of experience in Europe, India and the United States. His leadership experience includes corporate governance, customer relationship management and organization strategy. As a founding member of Cognizant, he has been responsible for providing leadership for the company’s high-touch customer relationship and delivery excellence model. In his role as the Vice Chairman of Cognizant, Mr. Narayanan guides strategic programs around customer advocacy, education, training and leadership development.
Mr. Narayanan is the past chairman of NASSCOM and was a member of the Board of U.S. India Business Council. He has received awards and recognition from the industry, media and academia. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Science and has pursuits in inclusive growth, education and non-profits through Cognizant Foundation and other institutions.
John E. Klein, Compensation, Audit, Nominating / Corporate Governance Committees
John was elected to our Board of Directors in March 1998 and has served as our Chairman of the Board since December 2003. He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Polarex, Inc., an organization providing executive support to software and services companies, where he has been employed since 1994. Prior to that, John held various positions at a variety of companies, including President and Chief Executive Officer of MDIS Group PLC, a UK listed software and services company. In addition, he also served as Chairman of Glovia International and PRO IV Limited, two enterprise software and services companies. Previously, John held vice president positions with both Digital Equipment and IBM. He also serves as a director of Arxan Technologies, Inc., a security software solutions company. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University.
Robert E. Weissman, Compensation, Nominating / Corporate Governance Chairman
Robert was elected to our Board of Directors in May 2001 following his retirement from nearly thirty years of executive management, which included stints as Chief Executive Officer for several public corporations. Most recently, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of IMS Health, a provider of information to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Robert served as both Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IMS Health until March 1999. Prior to this, Robert was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant Corporation and prior to that, was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Before his election as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, Robert was President and Chief Operating Officer of that company, a position he held since 1985. Robert joined The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in May 1979, when The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation acquired National CSS, a computer time-sharing company, of which he was President and Chief Executive Officer. Since his retirement, he has been active as Chairman of Shelburne Partners, a private investment company that works with emerging companies in the United States and Europe and serves as a director of the following public companies: State Street Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Inc. and Information Services Group Inc. Robert is also a member of the Advisory Board for Affinnova, Inc., a privately held market research firm. He graduated from Babson College in 1964, serves on Babson’s Board of Trustees and in 1995 received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Babson.
Thomas M. Wendel, Audit, Nominating / Corporate Governance Committees
Thomas was elected to our Board of Directors in June 2001, following his retirement as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bridge Information Systems, a global financial information, transaction services and network services company. Prior to joining Bridge in 1995, he was founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Brokerage Inc., a major U.S. government securities brokerage firm. Thomas previously served in various positions at Paine Webber, Inc., including Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Managing Director. Prior to joining Paine Webber in 1982, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pan American World Airways. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Ursinus College, a Master of Arts in Economics from San Jose State College and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Santa Clara.
John N. Fox, Jr. , Compensation and Nominating / Corporate Governance Committees
John was elected to our Board of Directors in December 2007. From 1998 until 2003, he served as Vice Chairman of Deloitte & Touche LLP and Global Director, Strategic Clients for Deloitte Consulting. John has held various other positions with Deloitte Consulting from 1968 to 2003 and in addition to his responsibilities as Vice Chairman and Global Director, he also served on Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s board of directors and was a member of the Governance (Executive) Committee from 1998 to 2003. He currently serves as a Trustee for Wabash College and Steppenwolf Theatre Company and is a member of the board of directors of VASCO Data Security International, Inc. John received his B.A. degree from Wabash College and his MBA from the University of Michigan.
Maureen Breakiron – Evans, Audit – Chairwoman, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees
Maureen was elected to our Board of Directors in May 2009 after serving as Chief Financial Officer of Towers Perrin from January 2007 until April 2008. Previously, Maureen was Vice President and General Auditor of CIGNA Corp. from February 2005 until October 2006, where she was responsible for managing the enterprise risk management and internal audit functions. From 2001 to 2004, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Inovant, LLC, which is Visa’s captive technology development and transaction processing company. Prior to that, Maureen held several positions at Transamerica Corp. in San Francisco including Vice President and General Auditor, Vice President of Control and Services and President of Transamerica Business Technologies Corp. She began her career as a financial auditor, ultimately serving as an Audit Partner with Arthur Andersen & Co. Maureen received a BBA from Stetson University, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MLA from Stanford University. She is also a certified public accountant in the State of California.
Michael Patsalos - Fox, Compensation, Nominating / Corporate Governance Committees
Michael was elected to our Board of Directors in July 2012 and was a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company, where he worked for 31 years. During his tenure at McKinsey, Michael served on the Firm's Operating Committee and was elected to the Board for several years. He led the Americas region, the New York and New Jersey Offices, the North American Corporate Finance and Strategy practice and the European Telecoms practice. From 2009 through June 2012, he led McKinsey's new global data and software growth opportunities. Born in Cyprus, Michael has lived in Australia, Switzerland, the UK and USA. He holds a B.Sc. in computer sciences and pure mathematics from Sydney University in Australia and an MBA with distinction from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland.
Leo S. Mackay, Jr. , Audit Committee
Mr. Mackay is currently Vice President and an elected corporate officer, of Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) where he oversees the company's ethics and corporate sustainability programs. During a career spanning almost three decades, Mr. Mackay has held key roles in the U.S. government and general management positions at Lockheed Martin, ACS State Healthcare and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company. A 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Mackay is a former Navy F-14 pilot, a Naval Fighter Weapons School graduate and a veteran of Operation Earnest Will. He later served as the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he received the Exceptional Service Medal, the VA's highest honor. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Career Achievement from US Black Engineer magazine. Mr. Mackay holds a master's degree and Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Council on Foreign Relations. He currently serves on the board of the Center for a New American Security and chairs the Board of Visitors of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland.