"We are delighted to welcome Jane to Cognizant," said CEO Brian Humphries.
"We are confident that her extensive technology consulting experience, client centricity, leadership qualities and personal brand will help us grow our business exponentially in Australia/New Zealand."
Livesey was also welcomed by Cognizant head of global growth markets Manoj Mehta: "With her passion for engaging with clients and accelerating their innovation, creating leading-edge advisory and delivery capabilities, building exceptional leadership teams, and providing a strong employee experience, Jane will provide further momentum to our fast-growing ANZ business."
She joins Cognizant from PwC, where she led the technology consulting practice in Australia.
Livesey previously spent 12 years as ANZ technology group managing director at Accenture.
Earlier in her career she worked for IBM, Siebel, ACT Community Care, and Southern Cross Health Society.
Livesey holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lincoln University (New Zealand).