Bret leads Cognizant’s Global Data Practice, focused on helping Chief Data Officers transform their businesses through Data Modernization. The Data Practice provides essential capabilities to help companies architect for and adopt cloud, embrace external data, increase accessibility of data, and ensure data governance at scale. Bret is also helping to drive Data transformation across Cognizant’s business units and participates in industry advisory boards to shape Data policy, accelerate education, and share best practices.

Prior to this, Bret lead IBM Watson’s Internet of Things Offerings, establishing new IoT products and services for the Industrial Internet of Things. He built his career in technology and business leadership across a range of roles throughout IBM in software, services, consulting, strategy, marketing, and as IBM’s CIO for Asia-Pacific. He has worked globally in these roles including living in China for 5 years working with clients and transforming IBM’s IT environment.

He holds patents in the areas of collaboration systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.