Sikka resigns as Infosys CEO after tussle with Murthy

SansadTV Bureau

Vishal Sikka, the first non- founder CEO of Infosys, has resigned amid heightened acrimony between the board and the high-profile founders led by NR Narayana Murthy, saying he faced “false, baseless, malicious and increasingly personal attacks”

“…The board of directors of Infosys Limited has at its meeting accepted the resignation of Dr Vishal Sikka as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company with immediate effect,” the Infosys said in a statement.

Vishal Sikka

Vishal Sikka

Sikka will continue to work with Infosys and has been made the company’s Executive Vice-Chairman after he resigned as CEO and MD.

Infosys Chief Operating Officer UB Pravin Rao has been named as the Interim -MD and CEO.

“The succession plan for an appointment of a new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer has been operationalized by the board and a search for the same has been commenced,” Infosys said in a statement.

Infosys’s Narayana Murthy also replied to the charges levelled by Sikka and said he will reply to allegations at an appropriate time.

“Will reply to allegations in right manner, right forum and at an appropriate time,” said Murthy on Infosys board’s charges.

N R Narayana Murthy

N R Narayana Murthy

Sikka wrote a letter to his employees and said that the decision was taken after he wrestled the pros and cons, the issues and the counterbalancing arguments.

“After a lot of reflection, I have resigned from my position as your MD & CEO effective today. A succession process has been initiated, with Pravin serving as interim MD & CEO, and I will work closely with the Board and management team over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition. In addition, I have agreed to serve as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board to further ensure continuity until the new management is in place,” Sikka said in his blog.