IT services provider Cognizant fired one of its top executives overseeing the company’s operations in the Americas on charges of wrong behavior.
In a filing submitted with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Cognizant said it had terminated Gregory Hyttenrauch, Executive Vice President for the Americas, due to “behavior inconsistent with company policy”. The executive was terminated on June 28.
A former Vodafone executive, Hyttenrauch joined Cognizant in 2019 as president of the company’s digital systems and technology. He was promoted in January 2021, as the IT firm geared up to cash in on the growing demand for digital transformation services in the continent.
Neither Cognizant nor Hyttenrauch have disclosed the precise reason for the dismissal. Hyttenrauch’s role has been temporarily taken over by Surya Gummadi.
“Gummadi has been with the Company since 2000 and most recently served as Senior Vice President and Head of the Company’s Healthcare and Life Sciences business,” the filing stated.
Firing senior executives with little notice is not new to Cognizant, headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey. Back in 2018, it dismissed more than 20 top officials. It similarly fired a software engineer involved with labor unions in the Indian city of Chennai.