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R Ramamoorthy appointed chairman and managing director of Cognizant India

Ramamoorthy, who has been with the company for more than 21 years, played a leading role in developing many of the company's India-based portfolios

T E Narasimhan 

Cognizant India CMD Ramkumar Ramamoorthy
Cognizant India CMD Ramkumar Ramamoorthy

IT major has promoted Ramkumar Ramamoorthy as chairman and managing director of India. He will be reporting directly to the parent company’s executive committee.

In an email to employees, CEO Brian Humphries said Ramamoorthy had played a leading role in developing many of the company's India-based portfolios, including marketing and communications, market research and intelligence, public affairs, and knowledge management.

Ramamoorthy, during his 21 years of association with the company, also spearheaded its CSR initiatives through his work at Cognizant Foundation and Cognizant Outreach.

In the coming weeks, Ramamoorthy will establish a management committee and an operating committee for India. These panels will help the company strengthen operations in the country. "These committees .... (will) proactively advance our agenda as we engage with the media and government, drive greater diversity and inclusion throughout our organisation... and work to accelerate Cognizant's top-line growth," the CEO said.

Before joining Cognizant, he worked with Tata Consultancy Services. Prior to that, he was a lecturer at two premier colleges in India, and went on to officiate as principal of one of them.

Humphries dubbed the company's India operations a "jewel" and "prized asset", and said the country is a hub of its "global delivery, solutioning, and innovation".

"We are fortunate to have many talented and engaged colleagues in India, more than 200,000 in all, who excel at serving our clients," he added. At the end of the June 2019 quarter, Nasdaq-listed Cognizant's global headcount was about 288,200. The Indian operations played a key role in helping the company earn $16 billion in revenues at present, from $2 million in 1994.

First Published: Tue, September 17 2019. 08:58 IST