Mariesa Coughanour


Mariesa shared great efforts in the last 18 months to establish a new offering within the Intelligent Process Automation (IPA) Practice of Cognizant focused on filling a need for clients to accelerate and scale their automation programs. The team developed new products and services that delivered business outcomes at scale that made a significant impact within the industry. 

With the expansion from a team of merely 2 to a team of 12 (and more in demand), the successes have continued to pile up. Leveraging this model, she was able to extensively grow existing accounts.  Despite having just started, her team delivered at 9 clients in 2019 and supported business development efforts for over 100 clients in support of 2020 growth. Mariesa also acts as an advisor internally partnering with market leaders to create IPA solutions for customers within existing engagements. These efforts led to Cognizant being named as the “RPA Turnaround Specialist” and is recognised by multiple independent research firms as a leader in the industry. Mariesa has shown to be a great contributor to the organisations success and they are lucky to have her!


Mariesa is the Head of Advisory for the Automation Practice of Cognizant. She leads a team that advises customers to realize the business value of automation with the right strategies, methodologies and technologies with a focus on accelerating and scale.  

Previously, Mariesa was the Operations and IT Leader for Movable Ink, a NYC startup. Before that she spent several years in GE working across multiple domains, including establishing the Global Operations analytics program and Automation CoE. She is a graduate of GE’s Operations Leadership Program and Corporate Audit Staff. Mariesa holds a Bachelor and Master’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami.