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VISHAL SIKKA BLAMES MURTHY’S ‘SNIPING’ FOR HIS EXIT

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Former Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka has hit out at N R Narayana Murthy, blaming “sniping” from the co-founder of the IT services company for his abrupt resignatio­n. In an interview with the Financial Times, Sikka said his efforts to reshape the company would have been “difficult if everybody was supporting it, but if the founder goes up against that then it becomes impossible”. The FT quoted Sikka as saying that he felt undermined by criticism from Murthy, who had complained of an erosion in Infosys’ values of transparen­cy and humility. Sikka wondered what one could do if an iconic founder was questionin­g governance and questionin­g the value system in the wrong way. He added that the lesson he learnt at Infosys was that the founder’s influence was very strong.

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