In two high-end releases, Cognizant India president and CEO Ramkumar Ramamoorthy and global delivery chief Pradeep Shilige resigned after spending more than two decades at the software services company.
The releases were announced Thursday by Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. Nasdaq Brian Humphries CEO in an email to employees.
The departures of Ramamoorthy, who was elevated as president and CEO of Cognizant India in September, and Shilige are the latest in a series of senior-level exits after Brian Humphries took office last year as CEO of Cognizant.
In recent months, several senior vice presidents (SVP) and vice presidents (VP) have resigned. They include three SVPs Jaideep Poondir, Rajesh Balaji and Vinayambika Kidiyur and vice presidents Archana Ramanakumar and Vikash Gaur.
A Cognizant spokesman, confirming the exits, said that some of those who are leaving may be in their notice period or may have delayed their departure to support the organization during the crisis.
Humphries, in his employee mail, said Ramamoorthy has decided to withdraw from Cognizant starting July 17th.
“I would like to thank Ramkumar for his successful mandate here, for his numerous contributions over the years and for being an enthusiastic brand ambassador for Cognizant with our multiple external stakeholders. We are especially grateful for Ramkumar’s leading role during the pandemic, in which he ensured associated health and safety and transitioned to work from home, “wrote Humphries.
He also appointed Andy Stafford, who has been with Accenture for nearly two decades, as the new head of global delivery.
He said Shilige is going to spend more time with his family and pursue his next challenge, and that he will be with Cognizant until September 30th to ensure a smooth delivery to Stafford.
Ramamoorthy, who rose from the ranks to become president, wrote in a LinkedIn post that he now wants to focus on education, skills and mentoring entrepreneurs.
“For over 22 years, Cognizant has been the world for me. All of you have made that world so beautiful that I have eternally admired it. I can’t thank you enough for that. In recent months, I have felt a strong desire to double my constant passion (even my first calling!) – education, skills and mentors entrepreneurs. I am ready to explore that world again from July 17th, “he wrote in the post.
The news of the releases comes at a time when the company laid off thousands of workers, who were on the bench, in India. India is the largest hub for Cognizant employees, with over 200,000 employees worldwide, nearly 290,000.
Cognizant, who has not confirmed the number of layoffs, said that they would likely be leaving based on performance.
Cognizant made some changes to leadership last year in an attempt to restructure the organization after Humphries joined as CEO.
Mint reported in May that Cognizant has decided to postpone the enrollment dates of all campus recruits from India to the second half of 2020 due to the pandemic, but has assured students that it will honor the offers it has made. The company also said that it would freeze most of the side hires between the various functions, with some exceptions in sales, given the weak demand environment.
“As you continue to offer overtime to our customers, despite covid-19, this pandemic has underlined our need to become a more global company. Cognizant’s globalization goes beyond our mix of geographic revenue, the number of countries in which we operate, the diversity of environments and locations of our leadership teams, or how well known our brand is worldwide. It also requires us to have a global distribution network that is strong and durable enough to ensure continuity of customer service, regardless of what is going on around the world, “said Humphries on Thursday.
“We will continue to move forward with our sales hiring plan and other key positions and honor all accepted offers.”