Becky Schmitt

Becky Schmitt is Cognizant's Chief People Officer. She leads all aspects of people management and company culture, including attracting world-class, diverse talent and developing a future-ready workforce.

Becky has over 20 years of HR leadership experience. Prior to joining Cognizant in February 2020, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart, and as Chief People Officer for Walmart’s U.S. eCommerce and Corporate Functions. Becky also spent more than 20 years with Accenture, holding key HR leadership roles.

Becky received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently a Board Member at Large for the Girls Scouts of America, serving on its Audit and Compensation Committees. She can be reached at or

Amid Crisis, It’s OK To Be Vulnerable

COVID-19 absorbs my days as Cognizant’s chief people officer – and as an individual. I worry about my family. I miss my grown children, who have left the nest. And I’m sharing this in a blog. Which is what makes this a remarkable moment for business. For those of us fortunate enough to remain virus-free […]

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