Eric Westphal, Senior Director, Global Corporate Affairs, Cognizant

Talent Forward Speaker: Eric Westphal

As a senior member of the Global Corporate Affairs team, Eric is responsible for helping to enhance and protect the company's corporate brand and reputation through programs that drive measurable social change and business value. This includes leading strategic investments in workforce hiring and training programs, broadening the scope and investment in Cognizant’s CSR program, and working closely with our communications and government relations teams to highlight these significant initiatives. Additionally, Eric works closely with the Chief Operating Officer and other senior leaders in maintaining relationships with key business leaders internally and externally, bringing together teams in the development of strategic projects.  

Eric previously served as the COO for the legal and corporate affairs business unit, responsible for the day-to-day operating activities of the legal and corporate affairs business unit, including business planning, forecasting, budgeting, productivity improvement, knowledge & risk management, and strategic initiatives. Additionally, Eric served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the CEO of Cognizant, acting as an advisor, proxy, and “second set of hands” establishing and implementing processes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the CEO. 

Prior to joining Cognizant, Eric was a Senior Team Leader at Deloitte, responsible for the operations management of over 800,000 sq. ft. of real estate and 300 employees within the New York Tri-State area. As part of his role, Eric was responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships with regional and national marketplace leaders, developing real estate strategies, and implementing new service technologies.

Eric earned his bachelor's degree in Business Management from Providence College and his M.B.A. from Fordham University. In his spare time, Eric enjoys competing in Ironman triathlons, travelling, and spending time with his wife and two sons.