Carol Cohen

Cognizant U.S. Foundation
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Carol Cohen is SVP and Global Head of Talent Management, Leadership Development, and People Analytics at Cognizant. In this role, Carol helps to shape the organization’s talent strategy and HR transformation on global recruitment, talent management, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and engagement to be industry-leading. Her team’s mission is to accelerate future-ready talent and grow game-changing, world-class leaders faster than the company grows. Leveraging people analytics, her team applies technology to talent data, enabling stronger management and business decisions. 

Carol is also a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, a $100 million non-profit dedicated to enhancing STEM education and career pathing to address the U.S. shortage of digital talent. She is also a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion as the Board Sponsor for two grants totaling nearly $9 million with an emphasis on diverse, under-represented groups.

Carol has more than two decades of experience in strategizing and implementing Human Resources and global talent initiatives that drive positive business outcomes and dramatically improve employee performance. Her expertise has significantly elevated results for senior executives, cross-functional teams, and global businesses. She has worked across a broad spectrum of organizations, including Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses, and non-profits. 

Prior to joining Cognizant, Carol was Vice President of Talent and Engagement for Thomson Reuters and Vice President of Global Talent at American Express, leading large-scale global talent management, succession planning, data and analytics, leadership development, and strategic planning and measurement initiatives.

Before moving into Human Resources, Carol spent several years working as a management consultant for Perform Consulting. In that role, she led organizational effectiveness, transformation, and business process improvement efforts across technologies, retail, energy, and financial services.

Carol earned her MBA from the University of Colorado and her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Rutgers. She is a strong proponent of social responsibility and global diversity initiatives. Carol is also a frequent speaker on HR, Talent Management, and Diversity at industry conferences and business schools such as MIT, London Business School, and People Analytics World.