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Bret is Senior Vice President and Global Head of Data at Cognizant, leading Cognizant’s Global Data Practice. He is 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 also helps 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 Cognizant, Bret led IBM Watson’s Internet of Things offerings, establishing new IoT products and services for Industrial IoT. He built his career in technology and business leadership across a range of roles throughout IBM in software, services, consulting, strategy and marketing, and as IBM’s CIO for Asia-Pacific. He has worked globally in these roles, including living in China for five years working with clients and transforming IBM’s IT environment.

Bret holds patents in the area of collaboration systems. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He can be reached at