Ben­galuru to Palo Alto, In­fosys’ Suc­cess has More Than One Base

Sikka moved CEO’s of­fice out of In­dia, and he is un­con­ven­tional

The Economic Times - - Front Page -

Ku­nal Tal­geri, Jochelle Men­donca & TV Ma­halingam

When Vishal Sikka was ap­pointed In­fosys CEO in mid-2014, the of­fice of the CEO moved from Ben­galuru to Palo Alto, with Sikka work­ing out of both cen­tres. (Only Cog­nizant among top-tier IT com­pa­nies is head­quar­tered out­side In­dia, in Tea­neck, New Jer­sey.) And this unique ar­range­ment is vi­tal to how In­fosys is con­trolled. It was good for clients but, for most of the se­nior man­age­ment in In­dia, for the first time in In­fosys’ his­tory, de­ci­sions taken in the US were hav­ing an im­pact in In­dia. When Sikka ar­rived, he was the first tech­nol­ogy-CEO in In­fosys his­tory. Ear­lier, op­er­a­tions and strat­egy pre­ceded tech­nol­ogy. This also means Sikka is new to op­er­a­tions, gov­er­nance and fi­nan­cial con­trols—the holy trin­ity in an ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive, most­brah­man­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

On 13 Fe­bru­ary, he re­ferred to him­self as a “ksha­triya war­rior” to em­pha­size he is here to stay – his pen­chant for change and a fight was pal­pa­ble.

Sikka is un­con­ven­tional to say the least. The good news: young em­ploy­ees love him. Some ad­vi­sors feel that if there is fric­tion be­tween founders and In­fosys, it is a sign that the com­pany is be­ing rein­vented.

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