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Rajesh Nambiar

EVP, Chairman and Managing Director, Cognizant India

As EVP, Chairman and Managing Director of Cognizant India, Rajesh leads the company’s India associates and enhances relationships with the government and key policy-making bodies.

Prior to joining Cognizant in 2020, Rajesh served as Chairman and President of Ciena India, a leading network solutions partner. He joined Ciena from IBM, where he led an $8 billion application services practice. He also served as IBM’s Global Delivery Leader and led a team of 90,000 through the company’s next generation of globally integrated delivery capability. Before IBM, Rajesh led the eastern region in the US and spent over 18 years at Tata Consultancy Services.

Rajesh chairs the Board of Directors of the Cognizant Foundation in India. He also serves as the Chairperson of NASSCOM, the premier trade association of Indian IT and BPO companies, and is a member of the global board of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.

Rajesh holds a master’s degree in statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.