Praveen Desai

VP & Practice Head, Salesforce Practice North America at Cognizant

Praveen Desai is Vice President and Practice Head Cognizant Salesforce Practice, North America. Praveen is a transformational leader helping Cognizant clients excel in their digital transformation leveraging the Salesforce platform. Praveen is passionate about building a culture of innovation and has relentlessly focused on deepening customer engagements, building capacity and expanding capabilities within Salesforce Practice to enable industry leading practice growth. Praveen is an executive member of Salesforce Platform Advisory Board and has partnered closely with Salesforce and clients to drive platform ROI for our clients. Praveen’s leadership style is focused on being a coach and has demonstrated the ability to build teams and harness talent across the globe.

He is currently focused on tapping fresh talent from the universities as well re-skilling talent with adjacent skills to enable them with Salesforce careers with Cognizant.

Initiatives led by Praveen have won many industry accolades including CIO100, InformationWeek 250, Computerworld and NASSCOM awards. For his consistent business impact, Praveen was awarded the IDG Computerworld’s Premier 100 Technology Leader award. This award honors individuals who have had a positive impact on their organization through technology.

Praveen has a strong passion for community service and has received The President’s Volunteer Service award for his contribution as a Citizen Teacher to NJ public schools through Cognizant’s “Making the Future” initiative. He is currently working as Advisory Board member – Customer Experience in Rutgers University Center for Innovation & Education.