Francisco D’Souza was born in 23 August 1968 in Nairobi, Kenya as the child of Placido D’Souza—an Indian Foreign Services official and ambassador—and Sushila. He is an Indian American business person and businessman, who is the previous CEO and Vice Chairman of Cognizant — a Fortune 200 worldwide expert administrations organization – cofounded the NASDAQ-100 organization in 1994. He succeeded Lakshmi Narayanan as the CEO in 2007 and in 2018 was designated Vice Chairman, while proceeding with his part as the CEO till 1 April 2019.
He spent his childhood in 11 nation’s country and proceeded to do a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of East Asia Macau and a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He has three sisters, Jacinta, Lucia and Maria. After his graduation from Tepper School of Business (Carnegie Mellon University), Francisco joined Dun and Bradstreet as an administration partner in 1992.
Cognizant started in 1994 as an in-house undertaking project of Dun and Bradstreet, driven by Francisco. During the years from 1996, he held different positions of authority at Cognizant. He was raised to CEO and joined the Board of Directors of Cognizant in January 2007, and elevated to the Vice Chairman of the Board in June 2018. In 2005 he was won The Economic Times Entrepreneur Award, In 2009 he was named among “America’s Best CEOs” by Institutional Investor magazine and 2013 he Recognized as the Best CEO, Forbes India with named among “100 CEO Leaders in STEM” by STEM connector. In 2013, Francisco joined the leading board of General Electric as its most youthful chief director. He additionally serves on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University and as Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New York Hall of Science. Francisco is an individual from the World Economic Forum and the 2019 Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s IT Governors Steering Committee. He sits on the Board of Directors of The National Medal of Honor Museum. In July 2020, Banco Santander has designated Francisco to top level leader position on the side of its advanced change system.