There was much bonhomie and good cheer when Vishal Sikka, former member, Executive Board of SAP AG, was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Infosys in June 2014. A Ph.D in computer science from Stanford University, USA, Sikka was the first-ever Chief Technology Officer at SAP -- a post created for the first time in 2007. Sikka had a longer tenure of 12 years in SAP unlike his short tenure as CEO and MD at Infosys which ended abruptly today with his resignation.
Here is what the board members of Infosys had said about Sikka during his appointment:
N R Narayana Murthy, co-founder and then the executive chariman at Infosys
I am pleased with the selection of Dr. Vishal Sikka as our new CEO. Vishal brings valuable experience as a leader of a large, global corporation. His illustrious track record and value system make him an ideal choice to lead Infosys. On behalf of all of us at Infosys, I would like to thank Mr. Gopalakrishnan, Mr. Shibulal and Mr. Batni for their contributions. I would like to thank our clients, the members of the Board, all my colleagues at Infosys, ex-Infoscions, our investors, the media, and well-wishers of the company for their support and encouragement. I also want to thank the members of my office, the Chief Financial Officer and the head of Human Resources for their fabulous support through my second innings at Infosys.
K V Kamath, Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the Nominations & Governance Committee
The Committee adopted a rigorous selection process with the assistance of reputed global executive search and evaluation firms. Vishal brings a unique combination of technology prowess and business acumen. The Board is committed to support him to strengthen the company's leadership in the global technology industry.
S Gopalakrishnan, Executive Vice-Chairman
I am glad that the Board has chosen a thought leader who has demonstrated how technology can be leveraged to help businesses become more competitive. I wish him all the best.
S D Shibulal, former CEO and MD, Infosys
I would like to thank the Board, employees and investors for the support they have extended to me through the years. I believe that Vishal brings the vision and capability we need to take lnfosys to greater heights
Srinath Batni, former board member
I have spent some of the most enriching years of my life at Infosys and will always cherish the experience. With Vishal, Infosys is well placed to chart its way forward boldly.
Here is the full text of the appointment letter.
Updated Date: Aug 18, 2017 13:04 PM