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Chief Executive Officer
Brian Humphries is the Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant and a member of our Board of Directors. In his role as CEO, Brian 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 shareholder value.
Brian is a broadly experienced technology executive with a proven track record of driving enterprise-wide transformation through focused execution, often in challenging and highly competitive market segments. Brian brings a global perspective and a keen knowledge of our business and the technologies with which we innovate. Prior to Cognizant, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Business from 2017 until 2019, a division of Vodafone Group that accounted for nearly a third of its parent company’s service revenue with approximately €12 billion in sales globally during 2017–2018. Humphries joined Vodafone from Dell Technologies where his positions from 2013 to 2017 included President and Chief Operating Officer of its Infrastructure Solutions Group, President of Dell’s Global Enterprise Solutions (a group with approximately $15 billion in revenue), and Vice President and General Manager, EMEA Enterprise Solutions. Before joining Dell, Humphries was with Hewlett-Packard where his roles included Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, and Chief Financial Officer of HP Services. The early part of his career was spent with Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.
Chief Financial Officer
Karen McLoughlin is Cognizant’s Chief Financial Officer. She oversees the company’s worldwide financial planning and analysis, accounting and controllership, tax, treasury and internal audit functions. Other areas under her purview include investor relations, enterprise risk management, procurement and real estate functions.
Prior to her current position Karen was Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation and Financial Planning & Analysis, leading teams that she architected during her time at Cognizant. In that role, she was responsible for our worldwide financial planning and analysis, enterprise risk management and enterprise transformation functions. This included facilitating and executing various internal transformational initiatives designed to enable our strategic vision.
During her tenure Karen has developed a deep understanding of Cognizant from both a financial and a business operations perspective. Outside of Cognizant she serves on the Board of Directors of Best Buy Co. Inc.
Prior to joining Cognizant in 2003 Karen spent six years at Spherion Corp. and three years at Ryder System Inc., where she held key financial management positions. Before joining Ryder, she spent six years in the South Florida Practice of Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).
Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA degree from Columbia University.
Chief People Officer
Executive Vice President and President, Intuitive Operations and Automation
Ganesh Ayyar is the President of Cognizant Digital Operations, which provides business process services, automation services and platform services to 100+ clients through 65,000+ associates across 25+ countries.
Previously, Ganesh was the CEO of Mphasis (a global IT services company listed in India) for eight years, from 2009 to 2017. He was recognized as the CEO of the Year in 2016 by CEO Connections for his successful track record of transformation initiatives and market value enhancements. The Blackstone Group Inc. bought a majority stake in Mphasis in 2016, marking one of the largest investments in an India-listed company.
Prior to Mphasis, Ganesh spent nearly two decades with Hewlett-Packard. He rose through the ranks, holding a variety of leadership roles across multiple geographies. Ganesh’s views on the role of corporate culture, talent and process in digital transformation are well documented.
Executive Vice President, Global Delivery and Software and Platform Engineering
Executive Vice President, Enterprise Platform Services
Executive Vice President, Core Technologies and Insights
President, Global Growth Markets
Executive Vice President, Chairman and Managing Director, Cognizant India
Executive Vice President, Strategy and Technology
Chief Marketing Officer
Gaurav Chand is Cognizant’s Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Gaurav oversees all aspects of Cognizant’s global marketing, including brand, creative, digital, events, communications, field and corporate marketing. Gaurav’s primary mission is to facilitate growth by developing and executing a comprehensive marketing plan that promotes Cognizant’s digital leadership, increases brand recognition and extends its competitive advantage in all market segments.
Before joining Cognizant, Gaurav served as the Chief Marketing Officer for cloud and network services provider CenturyLink. Prior to that, he was the Global Senior Vice President, Marketing of the Infrastructure Solutions group for Dell EMC, where he led the marketing strategy for a multibillion-dollar enterprise solutions portfolio. Gaurav has held a variety of senior marketing roles since 1996 and has extensive experience creating marketing strategies that result in revenue growth.
Gaurav holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Fergusson College in Pune, India, and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
Chief Administrative Officer
Executive Vice President and General Counsel