A replacement for Vishal Sikka, the first non-founder to become the CEO and MD of Infosys, must be an internal candidate who has risen up the ranks and is favoured by co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy, industry analysts said.
“The confidence on an external candidate is very low now,” said Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst, Founder & CEO of Greyhound, a global strategy and transformation firm. “Also, chances of top-notch leaders trying to join the company is also very low. The Sikka episode has wiped out $3.5 billion of shareholder value yesterday [August 18]. They cannot afford another botch-up. It will be wise to have an internal candidate who knows the system well enough.”
“They may not look for a forward-looking CEO. Instead, they may look for a CEO who can buy into the strategy of the company and its culture. They will look for one to stabilise the operations. A person such as a COO may be promoted to CEO. To prevent another such episode, they will look for a candidate aligned with Murthy.”
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