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Since 2015



• Finance and Strategy (member)
• Governance and Sustainability (Chair)

Zein Abdalla

Former President of PepsiCo

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

Zein has served since 2012 on the Board of Directors of apparel and home fashions retailer The TJX Companies, Inc., where he is currently a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Finance Committee. Zein is also a board advisor to Mars, Incorporated, a global petcare, confectionery and food company, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mastercard Foundation, a private foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of Kuwait Food Company, an operator of restaurants and food brands in the Middle East, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Imperial College Business School.

Zein holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London University.