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Francisco D’Souza - Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant and Vice Chairman of Cognizant’s Board of Directors

Francisco D’Souza

Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant
Vice Chairman of Cognizant’s Board of Directors

Francisco D’Souza is the Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant and the Vice Chairman 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 $16.1 billion in 2018. 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 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 Governance & Public Affairs Committee and the Management Development & Compensation 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.