Becky Schmitt is Cognizant’s new chief people officer

Cognizant has appointed Becky Schmitt as its new chief people officer. Her assignment will commence on February 1, 2020, after the current CPO James Lennox retires.

Cognizant CEO Brian Humphries, in a letter to employees, said, “I’m writing today to announce an important leadership transition. Jim Lennox, our chief people officer (CPO), EVP, and member of the executive committee, let me know four months ago that he planned to retire from Cognizant at the end of this year, capping off an extraordinary 16 years with our company. Over recent months, Jim has helped lead the search for his successor, which we have just completed.”

When Jim joined Cognizant in 2004, the company had about 15,000 associates and the number has soared more than 19-fold to nerly 2,90,000 today, he wrote.

Mr. Humphries further wrote, “To succeed Jim, I am pleased to announce that we have hired Becky Schmitt as our new EVP and chief people officer. Becky joins the executive committee, reporting to me, and will be based in New York City. She brings 24 years of experience in developing talent and designing and delivering modern, market-leading HR strategies globally. Her experience includes more than 20 years with Accenture.”

Becky is currently the senior vice president and chief people officer at Sam’s Club, a $59-billion division of Walmart, where she oversees the employee experience and career development of 100,000 associates across nearly 600 locations. Prior to that, she was CPO for Walmart’s U.S. e-commerce and corporate functions.

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