Former President of PepsiCo
Nominating and Governance
Zein Abdalla was elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in September 2015. Previously, from September 2012 through his retirement in December 2014, he was the President of PepsiCo, Inc., a leading global food, snack and beverage company. Before that Zein served as Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Europe—a division of PepsiCo—starting in November 2009 and as President, PepsiCo Europe Region, beginning in January 2006. Prior thereto, he held a variety of senior positions at PepsiCo since joining the company in 1995, including General Manager of PepsiCo’s European Beverage Business, General Manager of Tropicana Europe and Franchise Vice President for Pakistan and the Gulf Region.
Zein has served since 2012 on the Board of Directors of apparel and home fashions retailer The TJX Companies, Inc., where he is currently a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Finance Committee. Zein is also a board advisor to Mars, Incorporated, a global petcare, confectionery and food company, a member of the Board of Directors of the Mastercard Foundation, a private foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of Kuwait Food Company, an operator of restaurants and food brands in the Middle East, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Imperial College Business School.
Zein holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London University.
CEO and Founder of Baja Corp.
Betsy Atkins joined Cognizant’s Board of Directors in April 2017. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of venture capital investment firm Baja Corp. since 1994. Betsy served as Chief Executive Officer of Clear Standards, Inc., an energy management and sustainability software and solutions provider, from 2009 until its sale to SAP AG in 2010. She also served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of nutraceutical functional food company NCI, Inc. from 1991 through its sale in 1993. Betsy co-founded communications equipment manufacturer Ascend Communications, Inc. in 1989 and was a member of the Board of Directors until Lucent Technologies, Inc. acquired the company in 1999.
Since 2011, Betsy has served on the Board of Directors of Schneider Electric SE, a manufacturer of energy management systems and currently serves on the Strategy Committee. Betsy has served on the Board of Directors of SL Green Realty Corp., a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT), since 2015, where she is currently a member of both the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. She was elected to the Board of Directors of Wynn Resorts, Limited, a destination resorts company, in 2018, where she currently serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Volvo Car AB, an automobile manufacturer. Betsy previously served on the Boards of Directors of Chico’s FAS, Inc., Ciber, Inc., Darden Restaurants, Inc., HD Supply Holdings, Inc., Polycom, Inc., SunPower Corporation and Wix.com Ltd.
Betsy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Former CFO of Towers Perrin
Nominating and Governance
Maureen Breakiron-Evans was elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in May 2009. She served as Chief Financial Officer of Towers Perrin, a global professional services company, from January 2007 to April 2008. From February 2005 to October 2006 Maureen served as Vice President and General Auditor of Cigna Corporation, a health services organization, 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, the captive technology development and transaction processing company for Visa. Prior to that, Maureen held several positions at Transamerica Corporation, a financial services company, 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.
Since 2015, Maureen has served on the Board of Directors of Ally Financial Inc., an Internet bank, and is currently a member of the Audit and Digital Transformation Committees. Since February 2017, she has served on the Board of Directors of Cubic Corporation, a systems and services provider to the transportation and defense markets, and is a member of both the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Maureen previously served on the Boards of Directors of Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and ING Direct.
Maureen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University, an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Stanford University. She is also a certified public accountant in the State of California.
Former CFO and COO of VMware
Jonathan Chadwick was elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in April 2016. He was most recently Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of VMware, Inc., a virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions company, serving from November 2012 to April 2016.
Prior to joining VMware, Jonathan was Chief Financial Officer of Skype Technologies, S.A., an Internet communications company, as well as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation since its acquisition of Skype in October 2011. He joined Skype from security technology company McAfee, Inc., where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from June 2010 to February 2011. From 1997 to 2010 Jonathan held various financial roles at Cisco Systems, Inc., including Senior Vice President, CFO—Global Customer Markets, Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer and Vice President, Corporate Finance & Planning. He also worked for accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand in various roles in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Since 2011 Jonathan has served on the Board of Directors of F5 Networks, Inc., a company that specializes in application delivery networking (ADN) technology and is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of ServiceNow, Inc., a cloud computing company, since October 2016 and is currently a member of the Audit Committee and the Leadership Development and Compensation Committee.
Jonathan is a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales and holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.
Former President and CEO of GE Healthcare
Nominating and Governance
John M. Dineen joined Cognizant’s Board of Directors in April 2017. From 1986 to October 2014 he served in a variety of leadership roles at General Electric Company (GE), a global digital industrial company, including Chief Executive Officer of GE Healthcare, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Transportation, President of GE Plastics, General Manager of GE’s Power Equipment business and General Manager of GE’s Appliances, Microwave and Air-Conditioning businesses.
In his 28 years at GE John held leadership roles in several industries around the world. During the late 1990s and early 2000s he held several international management roles while based in Asia and Europe. John then moved back to the United States as Vice President and General Manager of Plastics at GE Advanced Materials. In 2005 he was named President and CEO of GE Transportation, a leader in railroad locomotive and train control technologies.
John serves on the Board of Directors of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a bio-pharmaceutical company, where he is currently also Chair of the Organization and Compensation Committee. He has also served as an Operating Advisor of investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC since 2015 and currently serves as Chair of the Board of two of Clayton’s privately held portfolio companies: Healogics, Inc., a provider of advanced chronic wound care services and Carestream Dental, which provides imaging, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals.
John has Bachelor's degrees in Biology and Computer Science from the University of Vermont.
CEO of Cognizant and Vice Chair of Cognizant’s Board of Directors
Financial Policy (Chair)
Francisco D’Souza is the Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant and the Vice Chair of our Board of Directors. Cognizant is a leading professional services company and our mission is to help clients around the world transform their business, operating and technology models in tandem to achieve the promise of digital technology at scale.
In his role as CEO, Francisco sets the strategic direction, promotes Cognizant’s values and client-first culture and focuses on ensuring the company’s sustainable growth and driving long-term stockholder value. He co-founded Cognizant in 1994 and has served as the company’s CEO since 2007, leading revenue growth from $2.1 billion that year to $14.8 billion in 2017. Cognizant is ranked 195 on the Fortune 500 and consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. In 2017, Fortune named Cognizant to its Fortune Future 50 list, a new ranking of companies best positioned for breakout growth. And in 2018, Cognizant was named to the first-ever Barron's 100 Most Sustainable Companies list, a ranking of the environmental, social and governance practices of large U.S. publicly traded companies.
Francisco serves on GE’s Board of Directors, where he is a member of the Technology & Industrial Risk Committee. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University and as Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New York Hall of Science, a center for interactive science that serves half a million students and teachers each year. He is a member of the World Economic Forum and a member of the Science Visiting Council for the science program NOVA. Fortune magazine named Francisco a “Fortune Businessperson of the Year” for 2017, highlighting his mission to prioritize services that help clients adapt and keep pace with the digital revolution.
Born in Kenya and the son of an Indian diplomat, Francisco is a global citizen who has lived in nine countries and traveled extensively to many more. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Macau and an MBA degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Former Vice Chair of Deloitte & Touche and Global Director, Strategic Clients of Deloitte Consulting
Nominating and Governance
John Fox was elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in December 2007. From 1998 until 2003 he served as Vice Chair of Deloitte & Touche LLP—a global professional services firm—and Global Director, Strategic Clients for Deloitte Consulting. In addition to his responsibilities as Vice Chair and Global Director, John served on Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s Board of Directors and was a member of the Governance (Executive) Committee from 1998 to 2003. He held various other positions with Deloitte Consulting from 1968 to 2003.
Since 2005 John has served on the Board of Directors of information technology security company VASCO Data Security International, Inc., where he currently serves as Lead Independent Director, Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He also serves as a Trustee for Wabash College and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
John holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and an MBA degree from the University of Michigan.
President and CEO of Polarex
Former Chair of Cognizant’s Board of Directors
Nominating and Governance
John E. Klein was elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in March 1998 and has served as the Chair of the Board since December 2003. He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Polarex, Inc., a technology consulting firm, where he has been employed since 1994.
Among his previous positions are President and Chief Executive Officer of MDIS Group PLC, a U.K.-listed software and services company and Vice President at both International Business Machines Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. He previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors of both Glovia International, Inc. and PRO IV Ltd., two enterprise software and services companies.
John holds a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA degree from New York University.
Senior Vice President, Internal Audit, Ethics and Sustainability of Lockheed Martin
Dr. Leo S. Mackay Jr. was appointed to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in September 2012. He is currently Senior Vice President, Internal Audit, Ethics and Sustainability at Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. Prior thereto, he held other senior positions with Lockheed Martin, including Vice President, Ethics and Sustainability from 2011 through 2016 and Vice President, Corporate Business Development, where he was responsible for leading the company’s strategic customer relationship development. Leo served as President, Integrated Coast Guard Systems LLC and Vice President and General Manager, Coast Guard Systems from 2005 through 2007. From 2003 through 2005 he served as Chief Operations Officer for ACS State Healthcare, LLC, a services company serving the healthcare industry.
Leo was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, in 2001 to serve as Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he received the Exceptional Service Medal in 2003, the VA’s highest honor. A former Navy F-14 pilot, Leo is a Naval Fighter Weapons School graduate and a veteran of Operation Earnest Will. He is the 2012 recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Career Achievement from US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine.
Leo currently serves as a member of the Board of USAA Federal Savings Bank. He was previously Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland and a member of the Board of the Center for a New American Security.
Leo holds a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Chair of Cognizant’s Board of Directors
Former CEO of Stroz Friedberg and Former Chair, the Americas and Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company
Nominating and Governance
Michael Patsalos-Fox was elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in July 2012. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Stroz Friedberg, Inc., a global cyber security firm, a position he held from 2013 to 2016.
Until October 2013 Michael was a Senior Partner at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he worked for 32 years. During his tenure at McKinsey, Michael served on its Board of Directors for 12 years. He also served on the firm’s Operating Committee. Michael 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 Michael led McKinsey’s new business growth opportunities around data, analytics and software.
Born in Cyprus, Michael has lived in Australia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences and Pure Mathematics from Sydney University in Australia and an MBA degree with distinction from the International Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Former Senior Executive Vice President of The Bank of New York
Joseph M. Velli joined Cognizant’s Board of Directors in December 2017. He previously served as Senior Executive Vice President and a member of the Senior Policy Committee of The Bank of New York (now BNY Mellon). During his 22-year tenure with The Bank of New York, Joe held a number of other positions, including heading Global Issuer Services, Global Liquidity Services, Pension and 401(k) Services, Consumer and Retail Banking and Correspondent Clearing and Securities Services. Most recently, following his tenure with The Bank of New York, he served from 2006 to 2013 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Convergex Group, LLC, a provider of software platforms and technology-enabled brokerage services. Prior to joining The Bank of New York, Joe was head of Citibank’s Depositary Receipt business.
Since 2007 Joe has served on the Board of Directors of Paychex, Inc., a provider of payroll, human resource and benefits outsourcing services, where he is Chair of the Corporate Development Committee and a member of the Investment Committee, Executive Committee and Compensation and Governance Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of Computershare Limited, a global provider of corporate trust, stock transfer, employee share plan and mortgage servicing services, since 2014 and is currently Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of both the Acquisition Committee and the Nominating Committee. Joe previously served on the Board of Directors of E*TRADE Financial Corporation from 2010 to 2014.
Joe has served as a Senior Advisor of Lovell Minnick Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, since 2016. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for William Paterson University.
Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.