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Venkat Krishnaswamy - Vice Chairman, Healthcare and Life Sciences at Cognizant

Venkat Krishnaswamy

Vice Chairman, Healthcare and Life Sciences

Venkat Krishnaswamy (Krish) is Cognizant’s Vice Chairman of Healthcare and Life Sciences. Appointed in 2017, Krish focuses on strategic client relationships, product strategy and M&A. Prior to this, as President of Healthcare & Life Sciences industry practice, Krish was focused on delivering innovative solutions and services to the broader healthcare industry that address emerging challenges and business trends across the payer, provider and life sciences industries. Under his leadership, our Healthcare and Life Sciences practice recorded significant growth, contributing to nearly 30 percent of the company’s revenues and in the process achieving several “firsts” in the industry including the development and successful commercialization of the BPaaS model and the acquisition and integration of Trizetto.

A seasoned veteran with over 30 years of leadership, consulting and operational management experience, Krish has worked in the banking, financial services, insurance and healthcare industries. His broad experience includes the creation and management of successful IT services organizations. Krish has held a number of key roles at Cognizant, including building and managing large client relationships and industry practices.

For many years prior to his current appointment Krish held various senior roles at Cognizant, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of Healthcare and Life Sciences and Vice President of Projects. Upon joining Cognizant in 1997 Krish served as a Senior Manager in our Banking & Financial Services (BFS) practice. Prior to that he spent over 10 years in retail and commercial banking at Colonial State Bank (now Commonwealth Bank of Australia).

Krish holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Madras and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.