Cognizant, a provider of information technology, consulting and business process services, announced its Board of Directors has named Brian Humphries, currently the chief executive officer of Vodafone Business, as its CEO and a member of the Board of Directors.
Humphries’ appointments will be effective April 1, 2019.
Following Humphries’ appointment, Francisco D’Souza, who co-founded Cognizant and has served as CEO since 2007, will serve as full-time executive vice chairman to facilitate the leadership transition through June 30, 2019. Thereafter, he will remain on the Board as vice chairman.
As CEO of Vodafone Business, Humphries has been responsible for its global enterprise, consisting of all business-to-business fixed and mobile customers, as well as Vodafone’s Internet of Things, cloud-hosting, carrier services and security solutions.
Vodafone Business is part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. During his time leading Vodafone Business, the division accounted for nearly a third of the Vodafone Group’s service revenue with approximately €12 billion in sales globally.
Humphries joined Vodafone from Dell where he most recently held the position of president and chief operating officer of its Infrastructure Solutions Group. Previously, he was president of Dell’s Global Enterprise Solutions, a group with approximately $15 billion in revenue, and before that he was vice president and general manager, EMEA Enterprise Solutions.
Before joining Dell, Humphries was with Hewlett-Packard where his roles included senior vice president, Emerging Markets; senior vice president, Strategy and Corporate Development; and chief of staff to the chairman and chief executive. He also served as chief financial officer of HP Services.