Chairman and Managing Director – Cognizant India

Rajesh Nambiar is the Chairman and Managing Director of Cognizant India. Based in India, in this role, he represents the 200,000 strong India workforce on the Executive Committee, and enhances relationships with government agencies, chambers of commerce, universities, the media and key policy-making bodies.

Rajesh is a global citizen, having lived and worked in India, Asia Pacific, Europe and the US. Prior to joining Cognizant, Rajesh served as Chairman and President of Ciena India. In this role, he drove Ciena’s continued success and growth in the country, elevating the brand across India, positioning it as an overall network solutions partner.

He joined Ciena from IBM, where his positions over 13 years included General Manager & Global Leader of Application Services, Managing Partner of ASEAN and Head of the Global Delivery & Services Integration Hub. During his time with IBM, Rajesh steered three major transformations that included establishing an operating model to drive competitiveness, setting up the Services Integration Hub for IBM services and directing a strategy to make IBM’s Application Services business fit for the future. All these transformations continue to drive in sustainable value for IBM.

Before joining IBM, Rajesh spent over 18 years at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and built TCS’ business for the Eastern region in the United States. He was a member of the TCS Corporate Think Tank and built TCS’s relationship with several fortune 500 clients.

Rajesh serves on the board (EC) of NASSCOM (The National Association of Software and Service Companies), the premier trade association of Indian IT and BPO companies. He has also served as the Vice Chairman of ASOCIO, an ICT Federation organized by ICT associations representing 24 economies throughout the Asia Pacific.

He holds a master’s degree in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.