Cognizant Will Have More Women As Managers, VPs Under ‘Diversity Target’ From 2021

Cognizant Will Have More Women As Managers, VPs Under 'Diversity Target' From 2021
Cognizant Will Have More Women As Managers, VPs Under ‘Diversity Target’ From 2021

IT services giant, Cognizant’s CEO, Brain Humphries promised to implement diversity goals from 2021, as per the reports

Implementing Diversity

As part of this initiative, more women will be given leadership roles and the inclusion of people of different ethnicities will be given priority. 

Prior to this, Cognizant was in headlines for giving better promotions then 2019 to its employees.

Currently, Cognizant has 1,00,000 women employees out of the total 2,83,100-strong global workforce which forms 35% portion.

While talking about the current situation, Humphries admits that not many female occupy leadership roles. 

Change Is In the Air 

But now this will change as the CEO of New Jersey, US-headquartered company said while speaking to Phil Fersht, CEO of the global research consultancy HFS, during an analyst web conference, reported Economic Times.

Humphries said, “We are rolling out in the coming year, diversity targets for an executive committee and their operating rules. We are continuing to add much more EC (executive council) member sponsorship and what we call ERG (employee resource groups) groups. We have added two in the last few months – Pan Asian ERG and Disability Person ERG as well,”. 

Implementation Already Started

To start with, the company has already appointed Becky Schmitt as chief people officer, Shameka Young as global head, diversity and inclusion, and Ursula Morgenstern as president, global growth markets.

Further he added, “I am trying to also start by leading by example at the top of the company, with diversity not just in terms of male and female but also sexual orientation, nationalities and backgrounds,”.

Racial And Gender Justice Movements

Humphries also mentioned the racial and gender justice movements, which dominated headlines in 2020, had ushered in change across various companies. 

He said, “I think it’s permanent. Companies, vendors like Cognizant are speaking more openly about it, about their expectations for us to show up as a global company, to show up as a representative of society,”.

Cognizant is not alone for this kind of initiative as other Indian IT & tech firms like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have also announced similar kinds of measures. 

The chief leadership & diversity officer at TCS, Ritu Anand said they are also  planning to increase the number of women in managerial roles. 

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