For the first time since it came into force 25 years back, Cognizant has appointed an outsider as its CEO. Brian Humphries who is currently the Chairman of Vodafone business has been chosen for this role. He’s going to replace Francisco D’Souza who co-founded the IT giant and has been here since 2007.
Humphries will join the company on 1st April 2019. The same day Cognizant President Rajeev Singh will also step down from his post. Earlier it was being speculated that a company insider will be appointed as the CEO. However, with Humphries’ appointment announcement, everything is clear now. Apart from being the CEO, he will also be one of the members of the board of directors.
Further reports have stated the outgoing CEO D’Souza will now remain as a full-time Executive Vice Chairman of the company till 30th June 2019 when the transition period gets over. After this, he is going to remain as a Vice Chairman on the Board.
Michael Patsalos-Fox, Chairman of the Board at Cognizant has stated that according to the board members Brian is the right person to be Company’s Executive Officer at the current scenario. He has had a successful track record along with different tech companies and possesses the ability to lead and contribute towards Cognizant’s growth in the upcoming years.
Humphries is known to have a laser type focus on the client requirements. He has been instrumental in developing different business solution and services that have helped the client companies to establish themselves in the market.
At Vodafone, Humphries briefly held the position of Chief Operating Officer and President of the company’s Infrastructure Solution Group whose headquarters are in Boston. Prior to this, he had been associated with Dell where he was the President of Global Enterprises solution. He also worked as General Manager and Vice President of EMEA Enterprise Solutions. He also worked with other tech companies such as Hewlett-Packed and Compaq.