Francisco D’Souza

Francisco D’Souza

Francisco D’Souza is the CEO of Cognizant.


  • Francisco D’Souza was born in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa. on 23 August 1968.
  • His father, Placido D’Souza (born in 1933, ex-Anjuna, Goa), was a diplomat with the Indian Foreign Services.
  •  His mother was Sushila. His sisters are Jacinta, Lucia, and Maria.
  • He is the CEO of Cognizant and was part of the team that founded the NASDAQ-100 company in 1994.
  • Francisco is Cognizant’s CEO since January 2007 .
  • Francisco D’Souza is among the youngest Chief Executive Officers in the software services sector.
  • He has been noted for his quick rise to the top of his profession.

Industry Profile:

  • Francisco D’Souza has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology industry, in both operational and advisory roles.
  • From February 1995 to December 1995, D’Souza was employed as Product Manager at Pilot Software a company funded by Keyur Patel of Fuse Global.
  • 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.
  • Effective January 1, 2007, D’Souza was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of theBoard of Directors of Cognizant.
  • In February 2013, D’Souza was appointed as independent director on the board of General Electric.

Awards, Achievements &Recognition:

  • D’Souza has received the following honors:
    • 2002 – Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist[citation needed]
    • 2005 – The Economic Times Entrepreneur Award[citation needed]
    • 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.


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