July 16, 2020

Infosys head of computers and communications division, K Murali Krishna, became the thirteenth senior leader to quit the company in a year, and the first one to exit after announcement of the new CEO Vishal Sikka.

A company veteran with nearly three decade stint at India’s second largest software company, Krishna played an important role over years in building internal IT systems, processes and even introduced newer computing models such as cloud.

An Infosys spokeswoman confirmed Krishna’s resignation, saying he had left the company to “pursue his aspirations”. When contacted, Krishna too confirmed that he had resigned, but did not elaborate his next plans.

Krishna was one of oldest senior vice presidents (SVPs), having joined the company in 1984, three years after the company was formed. Incidentally, Krishna was one of the half-dozen SVPs ywho was not promoted earlier this month, after Infosys elevated 12 senior vice presidents to the role of executive vice presidents.

This exit is the first since Sikka’s name was announced as the first non-founder CEO by the company on June 12.

Although on Thursday, news of Jeffrey Friedel, Global Head of Employment Law and vice president at Infosys was reported by ET, it is learnt that Friedel quit before Sikka’s appointment.

“Sikka won’t have time to rest. He needs to and I’m sure he will do to check this exodus,” said a California-based consultant, who advises many software services firms, including Dell and Cisco.

For his part, Infosys founder Murthy has maintained that none of the recent management exits will have any material impact on the company. “Anybody who had to be retained, has been retained,” he said.

“We are confident that we have enough budding leaders to handle any eventuality of some more people leaving us” he added at Infosys’ annual shareholders meeting held earlier this month.


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