Vijayakumar Hariraj is a high impact outcome-oriented leader in human capital development, busines strategy & organizational change. He and his firm – Designs in Change – specializes in crafting and facilitating human capital strategy aligned to the business strategy thus ensuring tight linkage to business performance. Hari possesses a 20-year track record of developing high-growth businesses, managing global change programs and elevating business performance through developing world-class global talent at massive scale. Most recently, he was the Global Head of Cognizant Academy that drives the continuous professional & leadership development of Cognizant’s 250,000+ global workforce. Present in 26 cities around the world, Cognizant Academy was powered by 600+ (as of June 2015) L&D professionals, who aim to seamlessly weave continuous-learning into the work life of Cognizant employees. Hari’s focus was to deepen Academy’s impact on Cognizant’s business performance through new approaches and sophisticated solutions; thereby making talent development a strategic differentiator for Cognizant’s success.
Under Hari’s leadership, Cognizant was ranked #1 among the learning organizations globally by Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD-American Society of Training & Development) in both 2013 and 2014. Cognizant is the first organization to be ranked at the top consecutively in the 70 year history of ATD. In the same period, the firm reported industry leading growth.