Winds of change are sweeping through Infosys and the shell of conservatism around the company is slowly, but surely, cracking.
There are indications from the company that it is open to considering an external candidate for the CEO’s post, which will fall vacant in 2015.
According to media reports, the company has given the mandate to hunt for a CEO to head hunting firms.
The company has approached Heidrick & Struggles, Egon Zehnder and Russell Reynolds, with details of the company’s CXO searches earlier. This move indicates the company has engaged these companies to find out a successor to current CEO SD Shibulal, a report in the Times of India said.
Meanwhile, an Economic Times report quoting two persons familiar with the development said the company has “hired executive search firm Egon Zehnder for a “global mapping exercise” towards this end.
As per the report, this does not mean that the next CEO of the company will necessarily be an external candidate but definitely signals the changing attitudes in the software exporter, which is considered largely conservative.
An earlier ET report had said that after the return of Murthy and appointment of his son Rohan Murty, some of the senior executives at the company were miffed and were even looking for jobs elsewhere.
Such incidents are inevitable professional hazards that Murthy will have to cop with.