In the US, global IT and business process consultancy Cognizant has appointed Vodafone Business CEO Brian Humphries as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding company co-founder Francisco D'Souza who becomes Vice Chair of the Board. Humphries takes up his new role in April.
Founded in 1994 as the technology development arm of commercial data and analytics giant Dun & Bradstreet, Cognizant was spun off as an independent company in 1996 to help clients evaluate how to best serve their customers - digitizing their products, services and customer experiences; automating their business processes; and modernizing their technology infrastructures. In 2017, the firm acquired agency Zone, whose services included application development, user experience and content strategy; and the previous year, it bought digital marketing and customer experience agency Mirabeau.
Humphries (pictured) currently serves as CEO of Vodafone Business, with responsibility for the firm's global enterprise unit, consisting of all B2B fixed and mobile customers, as well as Vodafone's Internet of Things, cloud-hosting, carrier services and security solutions. He previously held leadership positions at Dell and Hewlett-Packard. He will replace D'Souza, who after twelve years as CEO says he believes the time is right for a new leader.
Chairman of the Board Michael Patsalos-Fox comments: 'With a strong track record of success across different companies, cultures and roles, Brian is the right executive to lead Cognizant and build on its 25 years of growth, success and innovation. We're confident he has the ideas, energy, ambition and insights to extend the remarkable track record of success under Frank's leadership'.
Web site: www.cognizant.com .
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