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Virtusa hires Santosh Thomas as Chief Executive Officer

Virtusa’s Board of Directors appointed Thomas as successor to the company’s founder, Kris Canekeratne, who announced his transition from the business. Denise Warren has joined Virtusa’s Board of Directors and has been appointed Chairperson of its Audit Committee

Santosh Thomas

Virtusa Corporation, a global provider of digital strategy, digital engineering and IT services and solutions that help clients change and disrupt markets through innovation engineering, has announced the appointment of Santosh Thomas as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

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Virtusa’s Board of Directors appointed Thomas as successor to the company’s founder, Kris Canekeratne, who announced his transition from the business in May 2021. Thomas joins Virtusa during a time of significant growth and follows the recent appointment of Sander van‘t Noordende to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Thomas brings more than 20 years of leadership and industry experience to Virtusa. Most recently Thomas served as President of Global Growth Markets at Cognizant where he managed a business with revenues over $4 billion and built multiple billion-dollar businesses in Europe and Asia Pacific in banking, CommTech and products and resources. In his new role, Thomas will help Virtusa drive growth in key markets and continue to be recognised as an employer of choice.

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“On behalf of the entire company and the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Kris for his more than two decades of leadership,” said Noordende. “I would also like to welcome Santosh who brings a stellar track record of client service, leadership, and proven success. Santosh has the vision and experience to take Virtusa’s deep heritage in digital engineering to new levels of growth.”

“I am deeply honoured to join Virtusa at this exciting time for our employees, clients and partners,” said Thomas. “I have admired Kris and Virtusa for fostering a culture of innovation and distinguishing itself as a global leader in helping customers tackle their unique digital transformation challenges. Virtusa has a great brand reputation, an impressive roster of strategic partners, and is well positioned for sustained growth.”

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“When I founded Virtusa 25 years ago, I had a vision to build a global powerhouse in digital engineering services. And we did just that,” said Canekeratne. “I leave with the confidence that the company and its leadership team have never been stronger and its opportunities have never been greater. I welcome Santosh Thomas to the CEO role and wish him the best in his efforts to lead Virtusa through its next phase of growth.”

It was also announced that Denise Warren has joined Virtusa’s Board of Directors and has been appointed Chairperson of its Audit Committee. Warren recently retired from her position as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of WakeMed Health & Hospitals, and serves on the boards of Brookdale Senior Living, Computer Programs & Systems Inc., and Rockroom Insurance Group.

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