Why Cognizant dumped most of its old board

Two-thirds of board members in 2017 are no longer with the company while a third have changed in just the last 18 months—a rare event in normal circumstances.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. seems to have taken Marie Kondo’s “discard and declutter” message to heart.

In a clean-up move reminiscent of what the Japanese organizing guru recommends on her hit Netflix show, the Teaneck, New Jersey-based IT services company has gone about seeing off a bunch of senior-level executives in the last 18 months.

At the same time, Cognizant has also inducted four new members into its 11-member board, even as CEO Brian Humphries struggles to put the Nasdaq-listed company back on the high-growth track. 

Boards rarely go through such a massive overhaul—a third of board members have changed …


Varun Sood

Varun is a Bengaluru-based journalist and former writer at The Morning Context. In his thirteen-year stint as a print journalist, he had worked with a number of publications, including Business Standard, the Financial Times, The Economic Times and Mint.