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Issam Allen Shaheen - Executive Vice President, North American Digital Hubs at Cognizant

Issam Allen Shaheen (Allen)

Executive Vice President, North American Digital Hubs

Issam Allen Shaheen is Cognizant’s Executive Vice President, North American Digital Hubs. In this role, Allen leads the development and implementation of our strategy to expand Cognizant’s global delivery capability in North America and to identify new delivery and operational methods that will enable our clients to be successful in their digital transformation initiatives. An important part of this role is focused on helping Cognizant and our clients define and enable the workforce of the future that will enable and sustain the digital economy. Allen is also a director of the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports education and skills programs, public-private partnerships, and other initiatives designed for reskilling those in the workforce looking to obtain specialized technical skills for digital technology jobs. He has held this position since the foundation’s creation in April 2018.  Previously, Allen was Cognizant’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and was responsible for our mergers and acquisition strategy and activities with a particular focus on digital assets as well as on the development of new services and business lines.

Allen joined Cognizant in 2006 and has held a number of key roles over the years, including leader of our Enterprise Application Services Practice, General Manager of our German business unit and Markets Delivery Leader for Cognizant in Europe. He has also run our IT infrastructure services practice, managed our systems integration and testing practices, and led Cognizant’s Global Technology Office.

Prior to joining Cognizant, Allen was a founder, officer and Executive Vice President of International Operations at Cambridge Technology Partners, an information technology professional services firm. He was the Chief Executive Officer of ArsDigita Corp. until the company was sold to RedHat Corp. in 2002.

Allen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Harvard College.