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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.
Former Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Britannia Industries Ltd., and Former Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company
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.
SVP and Chief Information Officer, Intel Corporation
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant
Brian Humphries is the Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant and a member of our Board of Directors. In his role as CEO, Brian 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 shareholder value.
Brian is a broadly experienced technology executive with a proven track record of driving enterprise-wide transformation through focused execution, often in challenging and highly competitive market segments. Brian brings a global perspective and a keen knowledge of our business and the technologies with which we innovate. Prior to Cognizant, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Business from 2017 until 2019, a division of Vodafone Group that accounted for nearly a third of its parent company’s service revenue with approximately €12 billion in sales globally during 2017–2018. Humphries joined Vodafone from Dell Technologies where his positions from 2013 to 2017 included President and Chief Operating Officer of its Infrastructure Solutions Group, President of Dell’s Global Enterprise Solutions (a group with approximately $15 billion in revenue), and Vice President and General Manager, EMEA Enterprise Solutions. Before joining Dell, Humphries was with Hewlett-Packard where his roles included Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, and Chief Financial Officer of HP Services. The early part of his career was spent with Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.
Senior Vice President, Ethics and Enterprise Assurance 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.
Chairman 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.
Former Partner, Aquiline Holdings