As Senior Director, Global Legal and Corporate Affairs at Cognizant, Eric Westphal 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 Cognizant’s communications and government relations teams to highlight these significant initiatives. Additionally, Eric is responsible for the day-to-day operating activities of the legal and corporate affairs business unit, including business planning, forecasting, budgeting, productivity improvement, knowledge and risk management, and strategic initiatives. He works closely with the Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer in maintaining relationships with key business leaders internally and externally, bringing together teams in the development of strategic projects.
Eric previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the CEO of Cognizant, acting as an advisor, proxy, and “second set of hands.” Prior to joining Cognizant, Eric was a Senior Team Leader at Deloitte, responsible for the operations management of 800,000 sq. ft. of real estate and over 300 employees within the New York 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.