Infotech Lead India: NR Narayana Murthy, the new chairman of Infosys, can bring back its lost glory. Is the top team of the struggling IT company ready without foreign managers and more external exposure?
Infosys did not beef up its top management (executive council) significantly by adding top talent from competition and abroad.
Infosys failed to enhance the number of foreigners in executive council at a time when it wanted to increase the share of revenue in foreign markets. In FY 2013, Infosys’ revenue per client declined to $9.3 million from $10.1 million in the previous fiscal.
InfotechLead.com is sharing details of the top management at the third largest IT exporter in India.
Majority of Infosys’ top management joined the company in 1999 or before. These top resources never got leadership support from resources who have worked in competition or abroad.
Rajiv Bansal, chief financial officer, joined Infosys as manager – Finance in 1999. This means he did not bring enough external knowledge to Infosys, which is not looking forward to the new chairman for rescue operations.
Nandita Gurjar, senior vice president and group Head of Education and Research, joined Infosys in 1999.
Chandrashekar Kakal, senior vice president, joined Infosys in 1999 as one of the leaders of the company’s Enterprise Solutions service unit, playing an instrumental role in the company’s entry into the package implementation and related services market.
Basab Pradhan, senior vice president, is the group head of Sales and Marketing for Infosys, responsible for shaping the Infosys field force and go-to-market to enable the company’s strategy and goals.
Over two stints at Infosys, Basab has played many roles in the organization across sales, marketing, industry solutions and P&L leadership. Starting with opening the company’s first sales office in the New York area in 1995, Basab has been involved in the formation and growth of the offshore services industry. During his leadership as the head of Global Sales, the company grew from $400 million to $2 billion.
Outside of Infosys, Basab was the co-founder and CEO of a venture-funded technology startup in the area of unstructured data in financial information. Prior to Infosys, he worked with Hindustan Unilever in Mumbai.
Stephen R. Pratt, a non-Indian and the architect of Infosys consulting practice, co-founded Infosys Consulting in 2004. Stephen joined Infosys after 12 years as a senior partner at Deloitte Consulting, where he established the company’s CRM practice. Before Deloitte, he worked for eight years at Booz, Allen & Hamilton.
Sanjay Purohit is responsible for leading Infosys Edge, a portfolio of innovation-led businesses, including emerging areas such as Cloud, Big Data, Enterprise Mobility and Sustainability.
Pravin Rao is responsible for providing services to retail, consumer packaged goods, logistics and life sciences clients. He joined Infosys in 1986 and has over 25 years of experience working on engagements with clients, primarily in retail and financial services.
BG Srinivas joined Infosys in 1999 and served in a number of leadership roles. Prior to his current role, he was the head of Europe and global head of Manufacturing, Engineering Services, and Enterprise Mobility.
Prasad Thrikutam is the global head of Energy, Utilities, Communications and Services Business Unit, a global organization with 19,000 employees and more than $ 1.4 billion in annual revenues. Prasad joined Infosys in 1995 as a regional head of Business Development in the U.S.
Ramadas Kamath U plays a role in the management of Infosys facilities and administration worldwide.
Ashok Vemuri is the global head of Manufacturing and Engineering Services at Infosys. Ashok joined Infosys in 1999 and has served in a number of leadership roles across the company.
Srinath Batni is responsible for Delivery Excellence across the company. Since his joining the company in June 1992, he has held various positions from Project Management to heading the Business Unit.
Srikantan Moorthy, group head of Human Resources, has been a key contributor to the competency development initiative at Infosys and brings with him extensive experience in technology, project and people management, and client interaction.
The above mentioned top managers are capable of handling Infosys under the new management as they have done better earlier. But growth needs to be managed. They need a new leader or better guidance. The new chairman can bring in new talent as well.