An American multinational information technology services and consulting company, Cognizant has appointed six women to Senior Vice President positions to diversify its executive team.
Cognizant has appointed women leaders (SVPs) including Elisa de Rocca-Serra, Thea Hayden, Patricia (Trish) Hunter-Dennehy, Sailaja Josyula, Archana Ramanakumar, and Sandra Natardonato.
Cognizant CEO Ravi Kumar S said, “These announcements are something we should collectively celebrate.”
“Advancing diversity must be systemic, woven into everything we do starting with how we recruit and hire, develop, promote, engage and retain talent”, Ravi Kumar S added.
Elisa de Rocca-Serra joined Cognizant in 2021 and has been promoted to the new role of SVP, EMEA General Counsel, and Contract Lifecycle Risk Management. In this role, she will be responsible for enhancing operational and financial outcomes in her newly extended job.
Hayden has been joined the organization in 2020. She has been appointed SVP of Global Marketing.
Patricia Hunter-Dennehy has beeen made SVP, Healthcare Provider/Payor Business Unit. She is responsible for hospitals, health systems, clearinghouse businesses, and companies that provide IT services to the healthcare industry. She has been with the company since 2015 when Cognizant acquired TriZetto.
Sailaja Josyula has been promoted to SVP, Intuitive Operations & Automation (IOA) for the Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI) sector, and Archana Ramanakumar has been made SVP, Industry Solutions Group (ISG).
Sandra Natardonato has been promoted to SVP, Partnerships, and Alliances.
Ravi Kumar had earlier said while assuming the new role in January 2023 that the company’s priority would be to increase diversity. This will include gender and in its overall talent pool comprising leaders, in addition to focusing on making the company an employer of choice, accelerating revenue growth, and enhancing operational discipline.