Cognizant Australia-NZ Head quits; replaced by PwC Executive.

Mr. Narayan Iyer, Vice President & Country Manager, ANZ at Cognizant, has resigned. Global IT service provider Cognizant has appointed PwC executive Jane Livesey as its new Chief Executive Officer for the Australia and New Zealand territory(ANZ). 

Mr. Narayan Iyer was a long term Cognizant veteran and has spent over 11 years at Cognizant in various roles and capacities, including VP and Country Manager for India. Before joining Cognizant, he was Head – Banking, Financial Services & Insurance Sales, India at Tata Consultancy Services(TCS).

He did not disclose the reason why he is leaving Cognizant.

Jane Livesey – the new Cognizant ANZ CEO

Before joining Cognizant ANZ as a CEO, Jane Livesey was a Managing Partner at PwC, managing over 800 digital, technology, and cyber professionals for the consulting firm. She worked for Accenture as well, where she spent about 12 years holding senior leadership roles.

Livesey’s role at IT services provider Cognizant would focus on digital transformation and innovations providing exemplary services to ANZ governments and enterprises.

Cognizant is often in the News this year due to significant layoffs and many executive-level exits. Additionally, Cognizant was hit by a Maze ransomware cyberattack, which resulted in service disruptions for a few clients.

According to IDC, the IT services market in Australia to grow to $23.4 billion by the year 2023. Cognizant has a strong presence in Australia and New Zealand.

Cognizant’s Global CEO Brian Humphries is confident that Livesey’s extensive technology consulting experience, leadership qualities, client centricity, and personal brand will help grow the business exponentially in Australia and New Zealand.

Cognizant is hiring another 15,000 freshers this year; however, Cognizant was recently criticized by many due to over 10,000 layoffs; Cognizant always denied the mass layoff and connected it to the performance rating.

Cognizant also Acquired Collaborative Solutions, one of the Largest Workday Partners for undisclosed terms in a deal.

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