Cognizant has appointed Shinji Murakami as the Head of Japan and a member of Cognizant’s Global Growth Markets (GGM) leadership team with immediate effect.
Based in Tokyo, Murakami has strong relationships with the business and technology communities in Japan. As the head of Cognizant Japan KK, Cognizant’s Japan subsidiary, he will lead the strategic expansion of the company in Japan, helping customers respond to changing technology trends and market demands.
Murakami has over 30 years of experience in leading managed services, mobile communications, business development and go-to-market strategies in the IT industry.
Prior to Cognizant, he was with Microsoft as the Managing Executive Officer of the company’s Enterprise Group. In this role, he led the sales team focussed on engaging the C-suite across verticals, helping clients drive digital transformation.
Before his stint with Microsoft, Murakami spent 12 years at Hewlett Packard (HP), where he was General Manager of Enterprise Services for Japan. He has also held senior leadership roles at Softbank Telecom, IBM and DXC Technology.
Speaking on the appointment, Ursula Morgenstern, President, Global Growth Markets, Cognizant, said, “Japan is one of the strategic markets where we have been significantly increasing our presence over the last few years. I am pleased to welcome Shinji Murakami to drive the next wave of growth for Cognizant in this important market. I am confident that with his extensive business, technology and consulting experience, Shinji san will be able to further enhance our leading-edge advisory and delivery capabilities in Japan and help our clients further accelerate innovation.”
Murakami said, “I am honoured to be a part of Cognizant at a time when Japan is sharpening its focus on building a digital society. I look forward to helping Japanese businesses benefit from Cognizant’s leadership in enabling digital transformation while providing further momentum to our operations in Japan and providing a stronger experience to our talented employees in the country.”
In Japan, Cognizant serves more than 60 customers, including top insurance, life sciences, telecommunications, technology and manufacturing companies. Established in April 2008, Cognizant Japan KK has offices in Tokyo and Osaka.
In 2017, the company acquired Brilliant Service Co. Ltd., an intelligent products and solutions company headquartered in Osaka, Japan, specialising in digital strategy, product design and engineering, the Internet of Things (IoT), and enterprise mobility.