Cognizant appoints former US authorities IT chief to move tech

CHENNAI/BENGALURU: Cognizant has introduced in a brand new expertise chief who will report on to CEO Brian Humphries. Anil Cheriyan, who was director of the US federal authorities’s expertise transformation providers, and previous to that with SunTrust Banks and IBM, will likely be govt vice chairman of technique and expertise efficient August 3.
He will likely be a part of Cognizant’s govt committee and can oversee international IT, which is led by Rakesh Bhardwaj, international safety, led by Dan Smith, and the technique, alliances, and enterprise growth (together with accelerator) crew, led by Brad Berry.

“I imagine that is the primary time Cognizant can have a expertise chief reporting on to the CEO, which is becoming as IT transitions from being a assist operate for shoppers’ enterprise fashions to changing into the essence of their companies,” Humphries wrote in an e mail to staff.
He went on to jot down: “Whereas that is an expansive position that will likely be seen externally and internally, Anil’s quick precedence … will likely be to take the reins of our IT and safety remediation efforts from Greg Hyttenrauch, who has led these efforts on my behalf since April. Greg can now return to focusing 100% on main digital programs and expertise.”
Cheriyan was within the US authorities position for the previous 18 months.The division’s position is to assist authorities companies make their providers extra accessible, environment friendly, and efficient with fashionable functions, platforms and processes. In a notice on LinkedIn two weeks in the past, he stated: “We’ve had an excellent run and constructed a wonderful crew with nice successes.”
He went on to notice that they grew the CoE (centre of excellence) program from 2 to 12 companies, constructed up the Whilte Home Presidential Innovation Fellows into 40 fabulous fellows (innovators who work with federal leaders to construct a contemporary authorities), and constructed out accelerator platforms.

Previous to this authorities position, Cheriyan served as EVP and CIO of the $10-billion SunTrust Banks, the place he led the financial institution’s digital, operations, and information transformation. He reported on to the chairman and CEO.
He has additionally held senior management roles at IBM international providers and PwC administration consulting.

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