Walker, who most recently served as UK&I advisory markets lead at EY, began his role as UK&I managing director at Cognizant on the 1st January, and will lead all aspects of the company’s operations in the region.
Reporting to Ursula Morgenstern, Cognizant’s head of global growth markets, Walker’s duties will cover strategic planning, commercial development, and client delivery.
The new appointment brings 24 years’ experience in advising clients from a variety of industries, including FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 firms.
At EY, where he served as a partner for 14 years, Walker drove growth and go-to-market strategies, and worked with a broad range of national, regional and global companies, while successfully building and leading highly effective teams.
A particular focus has been on helping clients improve the efficiency of their business through the use of emerging technologies and digital capabilities, which Walker will look to continue at Cognizant.
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“I am excited to be joining Cognizant and leading the business in UK&I,” said Walker.
“The past few months have spurred clients to speed up their digital transformations, having to modernise their businesses, innovate faster and become more agile.
“I now look forward to being part of a team with deep technology and industry expertise, a razor sharp focus on clients and a strong desire to helping them succeed in their digital journeys.”
Ursula Morgenstern, president of global growth markets at Cognizant, commented: “The UK&I represent one of our biggest opportunities for growth, and I am thrilled to welcome Rob to the Cognizant team as our new head of UK&I.
“We have a solid foundation in the region on which to build, and Rob’s leadership experience across both internal and client transformation roles will help us accelerate growth in the UK&I.”
A chartered accountant, Walker earned a BA in Economics from Newcastle University.