Francisco D’Souza who goes by Frank is a Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Cognizant since 2007. He is among the youngest Chief Executive Officers in the software services sector. He has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology industry, in both operational and advisory roles.He has been noted for his quick rise to the top of his profession. At Cognizant, which he joined in its early days, D’Souza was elected Chief Operating Officer (COO) in December 2003. Prior to that, from November 1999 to December 2003, he served as Senior Vice President (SVP), North American Operations and Business Development. From March 1998 to November 1999, he served as Vice President (VP), North American Operations and Business Development and as Director-North American Operations and Business Development from June 1997 to March 1998. From January 1996 to June 1997, D’Souza was engaged as a consultant. From February 1995 to December 1995, D’Souza was employed as Product Manager at Pilot Software. Between 1992 and 1995, D’Souza held various marketing, business development, and technology management positions as a Management Associate at The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in Germany, the U.S. and India. While working at The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, D’Souza was part of the team that established the software development and maintenance business conducted by Cognizant. Mr.D’Souza holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of East Asia, Macau, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
2002 – Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist
2005 – The Economic Times Entrepreneur Award
2009 – named among “America’s Best CEOs” by Institutional Investor magazine
2013 – named among “100 CEO Leaders in STEM” by STEMconnector
2013 – Recognized as the Best CEO in the Multinational Company category by Forbes India magazine as part of its 2013 Leadership Awards.