CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of payments industry movers and shakers today features Francisco D’Souza, Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant.
As CEO, Mr. D’Souza is responsible for managing Cognizant’s growth as a leading provider of global consulting, information technology and outsourcing services. During Mr. D’Souza’s tenure as CEO, Cognizant’s employee base has grown from 55,000 to over 180,000. As a result of this strong growth, Cognizant has been named a member of the S&P 500, the Fortune 500, the Forbes Global 2000 and one of Forbes Fastest Growing Tech Companies.
Mr. D’Souza joined Cognizant as a co-founder in 1994 – the year it was started as a division of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Francisco is a member of the Board of Directors of General Electric Company. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University, the Board of Trustees of The New York Hall of Science and the Board of Trustees of the US India Business Council. He is a member of the World Economic Forum, the Business Round Table and the Science Visiting Council for the acclaimed PBS science program, NOVA.
The son of an Indian diplomat, Mr. D’Souza is a global citizen who has lived in nine different countries and traveled to many others.
He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of East Asia and his MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University.