Francisco D'Souza

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Francisco D'Souza
Born (1968-08-23) 23 August 1968 (age 50)
Nairobi, Kenya
Alma mater University of Macau
Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation CEO & Vice Chairman, Cognizant
Salary $11.95 million[1]

Francisco D'Souza (born 23 August 1968[2]) — currently the CEO and Vice-Chairman of Cognizant — co-founded[3] the NASDAQ-100 company along with others in 1994. He succeeded Lakshmi Narayanan as the CEO in 2007[4] and in 2018 was appointed as the Vice-Chairman, while continuing his role as the CEO.


Francisco was born in Nairobi, Kenya as the son of Placido D'Souza[5]—an Indian Foreign Services officer and diplomat— and Sushila[6]. He spent his childhood in 11 countries and went on to do a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of East Asia Macau[7] and a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University[7]. He has three sisters, Jacinta, Lucia and Maria[8].


After his graduation from Tepper School of Business (Carnegie Mellon University), Francisco joined Dun & Bradstreet as a management associate in 1992[9]. Cognizant began in 1994 as an in-house project of Dun & Bradstreet, lead by Francisco. During the years from 1996, he held various leadership roles at Cognizant. He was elevated as the CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Cognizant in January 2007, and made the Vice-Chairman of the board in June 2018[10].

In 2013, Francisco joined the board of General Electric as its youngest director[10]

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  3. ^ "How & why Cognizant's Francisco D'Souza will define India in 2012". The Economic Times. 2012. Retrieved 2018-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Terms of Service Violation". Retrieved 2018-09-10. 
  5. ^ "Francisco D'Souza's meteoric rise. Inevitably outside Goa? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-09-10. 
  6. ^ "Goan Voice UK: Newsletter. Issue 2006-01. Aug. 25, 2006". Retrieved 2018-09-10. 
  7. ^ a b "Francisco D'Souza, CEO, Cognizant - Meet 9 Indian-origin CEOs 'ruling' the technology industry | The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-09-10. 
  8. ^ "CONDOLENCES: Sushila D'Souza, wife of Placido D'Souza". Retrieved 2018-09-10. 
  9. ^ "Young and Restless | Carnegie Mellon Today". Retrieved 2018-09-10. 
  10. ^ a b "Francisco D'Souza Named Vice Chairman of Cognizant Board of Directors in Addition to Chief Executive Officer". News | Cognizant Technology Solutions. Retrieved 2018-09-10. 
  11. ^ "Ladies & gentlemen, the winners are..." The Economic Times. 2005-09-28. Retrieved 2018-09-10. 
  12. ^ "Institutional Investor 2009 America's Best CEOs". Institutional Investor. 
  13. ^ "List of its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM". Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Winners | The Financial Express". Retrieved 2018-04-27. 
  15. ^ "Francisco D'Souza". Fortune. 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2018-09-10. 

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