Francisco (Frank) D’Souza


General Electric

Current public company boards: General Electric, and MongoDB

Prior public company boards: Cognizant

Executive experience: Francisco D’Souza co-founded Cognizant Technology Solutions — a global multinational corporation that provides IT services, including digital, technology, consulting, and operations services — in 1994, and served as the company’s chief executive officer from January 27 through March 219. He also served as president from 27 to 212 and held a variety of senior management positions, including chief operating officer from 23 to 26. He was elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in January 27 and served as Vice Chairman until April 22.

As CEO, Frank was responsible for promoting Cognizant’s values and client-first culture, ensuring the company’s sustainable growth and driving long-term shareholder value. During his 12 years as CEO, he oversaw a period of sustained growth, transformation, innovation and success.

Additional information: Frank is currently a director of General Electric, where he is a member of the Audit Committee and the Management Development & Compensation Committee. He also 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. He is a member of the World Economic Forum and serves as the 219 chairman of the IT and Electronics Governors community at the Forum. Fortune magazine named Frank a “Fortune Businessperson of the Year” for 217, highlighting his mission to prioritize services that help clients adapt and keep pace with the digital revolution.

Frank was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and has traveled widely in countries ranging from Panama to Hong Kong where he obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Macau. He also received an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University.