He has played a leading role in the global information technology industry for more than 25 years, managing divisions and business units in Europe, India and the United States. Since joining Cognizant Technologies in 1994, he has been instrumental in formulating the company's strategy and building and managing the organization's development centers in India, where he is based. A member of Cognizant's Board of Directors, Narayanan spends time traveling extensively in the U.S. and Europe to meet clients.
Narayanan began his career at Tata Consultancy Services, growing through the ranks from developer, to technologist, to program manager, to business leader. He was a regional head of Tata Consultancy Services in India when he joined Cognizant as CTO. He holds a BSc and MS in science and electronics from Bangalore University (University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering) and an PG Diploma from the PSG college of technology, Coimbatore. He was also on the board of the National Skill Development Corporation, as a representative of NASSCOM.
Narayanan was awarded the Dataquest IT Person of the Year 2008 by the CyberMedia group's IT publication, Dataquest.
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