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Cognizant prides itself on having a diverse, experienced and independent board of directors.

In addition to Francisco D’Souza, our Chief Executive Officer, our board comprises prominent industry executives who apply their many years of business success and offer strategic insights that help continuously strengthen the business and enable us to better serve our clients.

Zein Abdalla
Committees: Audit; Nominating and Corporate Governance

Mr. Abdalla was elected to our Board of Directors in September 2015. Previously, he was the President of PepsiCo, Inc., a leading global food, snack and beverage company, from September 2012 through his retirement in December 2014. Prior thereto he served as Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Europe, a division of PepsiCo, starting in November 2009 and as President, PepsiCo Europe Region starting in January 2006. He previously held a variety of senior positions at PepsiCo since he joined that company in 1995, including as General Manager of PepsiCo's European Beverage Business, General Manager of Tropicana Europe and Franchise Vice President for Pakistan and the Gulf region.

Mr. Abdalla has served on the Board of Directors of The TJX Companies, Inc. since 2012, where he is currently a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Finance Committee.

Mr. Abdalla received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London University.

Betsy S. Atkins
Committees: Financial Policy

Ms. Atkins joined our Board of Directors in April 2017. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of Baja LLC, a venture capital investment firm, since 1994. Previously, she served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Standards, Inc., a provider of energy management and sustainability software and solutions, from 2009 until its sale to SAP AG in 2010.  She also previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCI, Inc., a neutraceutical functional food company, from 1991 through its sale in 1993. Ms. Atkins co-founded Ascend Communications, a manufacturer of communications equipment, in 1989, where she was also a member of the board of directors until its acquisition by Lucent Technologies in 1999.

Ms. Atkins has served on the board of directors of Schneider Electric SE since 2011, where she is currently serving on the Strategy Committee. She has served on the board of directors of HD Supply Holdings, Inc. since 2013, where she is currently the Independent Lead Director, Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. She has also served on the board of directors of SL Green Realty Corp. since 2015, where she is currently serving on the Audit Committee. She is an advisor to SAP and a member of board of directors of Volvo Car AB. Ms. Atkins previously served on the boards of directors of Darden Restaurants, Inc. from 2014 to 2015, Ciber, Inc. in 2014, Wix.com Ltd. from 2013 to 2014, Chico's FAS, Inc. from 2004 to 2013 and SunPower Corporation from 2005 to 2012.

Ms. Atkins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Maureen Breakiron-Evans
Committees: Audit (Chair); Nominating and Corporate Governance

Ms. Breakiron-Evans was elected to our Board of Directors in May 2009. She served as Chief Financial Officer of Towers Perrin from January 2007 to April 2008. From February 2005 to October 2006, she served as Vice President and General Auditor of CIGNA Corporation, where she was responsible for managing the enterprise risk management and internal audit functions.

From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Breakiron-Evans served as EVP and Chief Financial Officer at Inovant, LLC, which is Visa’s captive technology development and transaction processing company. Prior to that, she held several positions at Transamerica Corporation, a provider of insurance, investments and retirement products and services, 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.

Ms. Breakiron-Evans has served on the Board of Directors of Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., a provider of payment processing services, since 2012, where she is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Ally Financial Inc., a provider of payment processing services, since 2015, where she is currently a member of the Audit Committee. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, a private government-sponsored enterprise and ING Direct, an Internet bank.

Ms. Breakiron-Evans received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University, a Master of Business Administration 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.

Jonathan Chadwick
Committees: Audit

Mr. Chadwick was elected to our Board of Directors in April 2016. He was most recently Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of VMware, Inc., a virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions company, prior to his departure in February 2016 to expand his advisory roles with other companies. Mr. Chadwick was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at VMware since he joined the company in November 2012. Prior to joining VMware, Mr. Chadwick served as the Chief Financial Officer of Skype and as a corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation since its acquisition of Skype in October 2011. Mr. Chadwick joined Skype from McAfee, Inc., a security technology company, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from June 2010 until February 2011. From 1997 to 2010, he held various financial roles at Cisco Systems, Inc., including Senior Vice President, CFO – Global Customer Markets, Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer, and Vice President, Corporate Finance & Planning. He also worked for Coopers & Lybrand, an accounting firm, in various roles in the U.S. and U.K.

Mr. Chadwick has served on the Board of Directors of F5 Networks, Inc. since 2011, where he is currently the Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Chadwick is a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales and holds an honors degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Bath, U.K.

John M. Dineen
Committees: Financial Policy

Mr. Dineen joined our Board of Directors in April 2017. He has served as an Operating Advisor to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC, a private equity firm, since January 2015. From 1986 to October 2014, Mr. Dineen served in a variety of leadership roles with General Electric Company, including as Chief Executive Officer of GE Healthcare, 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.

Mr. Dineen has served on the board of directors of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since 2015, where he is currently the Chairman of the Organization and Compensation Committee.

Mr. Dineen holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Computer Science from the University of Vermont.

Francisco D'Souza, Chief Executive Officer
Committees: Financial Policy (Chair)

Francisco D’Souza is the Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant and a member of its Board of Directors. Cognizant is a leading professional services company whose 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 its revenue growth from $2.1 billion that year to $13.5 billion in 2016. Cognizant is ranked 205 on the Fortune 500 and consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world.   

Francisco serves on GE’s Board of Directors, where he is a member of the Technology & Industrial Risk Committee. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University, on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-India Business Council 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.

Born in Kenya and the son of an Indian diplomat, Francisco is a global citizen who has lived in nine countries and travelled extensively to many more. He holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Macau and an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University.

John N. Fox, Jr.
Committees: Compensation (Chair); Nominating and Corporate Governance

Mr. Fox was elected to our Board of Directors in December 2007. From 1998 until 2003, he served as Vice Chairman of Deloitte & Touche LLP and Global Director, Strategic Clients for Deloitte Consulting. Mr. Fox has held various other positions with Deloitte Consulting from 1968 to 2003 and in addition to his responsibilities as Vice Chairman and Global Director, he also served on Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s Board of Directors and was a member of the Governance (Executive) Committee from 1998 to 2003.

Mr. Fox has served on the Board of Directors of VASCO Data Security International, Inc. since 2005, where he is currently the Chairman 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.

Mr. Fox received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash College and his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.

John E. Klein, Chairman of the Board
Committees: Audit; Compensation; Nominating and Corporate Governance

Mr. Klein was elected to our Board of Directors in March 1998 and has served as our Chairman of the Board since December 2003. He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Polarex, Inc., an organization providing executive support to software and services companies, where he has been employed since 1994.

Mr. Klein’s previous positions have included President and Chief Executive Officer of MDIS Group PLC, a UK listed software and services company and Vice President at both Digital Equipment and IBM. Mr. Klein has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Glovia International and PRO IV Limited, two enterprise software and services companies.

Mr. Klein holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University.

Leo S. Mackay, Jr., Ph.D.
Committees: Audit

Dr. Mackay was appointed to our Board of Directors in September 2012. He is currently Vice President, Ethics and Sustainability at Lockheed Martin Corporation, a defense contractor engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of products and services. He also served in various other positions for Lockheed, including Vice President, Corporate Business Development, from 2007 through 2011, in which he was responsible for leading Lockheed’s strategic customer relationship development and as President, Integrated Coast Guard Systems LLC and Vice President and General Manager, Coast Guard Systems, from 2005 through 2007. From 2003 through 2005, Dr. Mackay served as Chief Operations Officer for ACS State Healthcare LLC.

Dr. Mackay is a former Navy F-14 pilot, a Naval Fighter Weapons School graduate and a veteran of Operation Earnest Will. He later served as the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he received the Exceptional Service Medal, the VA's highest honor. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Career Achievement from US Black Engineer magazine.

Dr. Mackay is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Council on Foreign Relations. He currently serves on the Board of the Center for a New American Security and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents at Concordia Theological Seminary–Fr. Wayne. Dr. Mackay received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University–John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Michael Patsalos-Fox
Committees: Compensation; Financial Policy; Nominating and Corporate Governance (Chair)

Mr. Patsalos-Fox was elected to our Board of Directors in July 2012. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Stroz Friedberg, a global investigation and cyber security firm, a position he has held since November 2013. Until October 2013, he was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he worked for 32 years. During his tenure at McKinsey, Mr. Patsalos-Fox served on the firm's Operating Committee and was elected to the firm’s Board for 12 years. He 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, he led McKinsey's new global data and software growth opportunities.

Born in Cyprus, Mr. Patsalos-Fox has lived in Australia, Switzerland, the UK and USA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer sciences and pure mathematics from Sydney University in Australia and a Master of Business Administration degree with distinction from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Robert E. Weissman
Committees: Compensation; Nominating and Corporate Governance

Mr. Weissman was elected to our Board of Directors in May 2001. He retired in 2001 after nearly thirty years serving as Chief Executive Officer of several public corporations. Most recently, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of IMS Health, a provider of information to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He served as both Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IMS Health from 1998 to 1999. Prior to his position with IMS Health, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant Corporation and, prior to that, was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Prior to his election as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in 1995, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer of that company from 1985. He joined The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in May 1979, when The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation acquired National CSS, a computer time-sharing company, of which he was President and Chief Executive Officer.

Since his retirement, Mr. Weissman has been active as Chairman of Shelburne Partners, a private investment company that works with emerging companies in the United States and Europe. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of State Street Corporation and Pitney Bowes, Inc.

Mr. Weissman graduated from Babson College in 1964. He serves on Babson’s Board of Trustees and received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Babson in 1995.

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