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Matthew Friedrich - General Counsel, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary at Cognizant

Matthew Friedrich (Matt)

General Counsel, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary

Matt Friedrich is Cognizant’s General Counsel, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary. He is responsible for our legal and corporate affairs functions, having joined the company in 2017. Matt comes to Cognizant from Chevron, where he served as Chief Corporate Counsel from 2014 to 2017. Prior to that, he was a law firm partner with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Matt began his legal career as a federal prosecutor, working in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for more than 13 years. Matt’s tenure in government culminated in his designation in 2008 as the Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, a 740-employee litigating component of DOJ in Washington, D.C. Matt also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the U.S. Attorney General, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and as a member of the Enron Task Force. Matt is a recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance.

A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and the University of Virginia, Matt clerked for United States District Judge Royal Furgeson in the Western District of Texas. Matt is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of directors of the U.S.-India Business Council.