There was a time when the Infosys’s quarterly results set the tone for the $150 billion Indian IT service sector’s performance. The bellwether’s numbers influenced not just its own shares but even the benchmark IT indices on Indian bourses. But on Oct. 24, when the country’s second-largest IT company posted its financial results for July-September 2017 (Q2), the spotlight wasn’t on its net profit or revenue. Instead, it was mostly on the tussle between founder NR Narayana Murthy and the newly-appointed leadership.
Infosys Ltd co-founder Narayana Murthy publicly criticised the company’s board again, just as directors try to recruit a chief executive officer to replace one who resigned out of frustration with such clashes.
Ahead of Infosys’ second-quarter earnings announcement, analysts expect the outcome of the board meeting to reflect on long-term stability in the business along with short-term confidence-building measures like a date for share buyback and employees’ salary hike.
Indian IT firms, especially in the mid-tier segment, have seen a rise of private equity firms placing stakes on them. While faster technology at mid-size IT services companies have attracted PE firms such as Blackstone, Carlyle, ChrysCap, Bain Capital, The Baring Asia and others to invest in the sector; PE-backed companies have seen faster growth at a time when their large listed peers slowed down due to uncertain market.
What happened with Cyrus Mystry in Tata seems to have happened with Vishal Sikka in Infosys. The letter sent by founders to Infosys board raising governance concerns has given rise to nagging suspicion that remote controlling of a company by former promoters may be an emerging trend in Indian corporate that are restructuring and reinventing themselves to come to terms with the new business realities.
Corporate tussles have rarely been as public as the one between Infosys founder and former CEO N.R. Narayana Murthy and MD and CEO Vishal Sikka. That wrangle, which led to the latter’s resignation, has brought to focus many issues at the company.
Allegations and counter-allegations have been flowing thick and fast since Vishal Sikka resigned as managing director and CEO of IT bellwether Infosys. Crises at Infosys opens up the Pandora box which has led head hunters analyse the key takeaways.
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Top talent, domestic or global, will be wary of joining Infosys after all that has transpired
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.
Infosys’s former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) Vishal Sikka’s resignation has created more rumbles than the constant complaints and intermittent spurts of annoyance that co-founder NR Narayana Murthy has been conveying through interviews in the media.
One of the strongest criticisms coming from some independent directors at Infosys was that Dr. Vishal Sikka was more of a CTO and less of a CEO.
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When Vishal Sikka took over at Infosys he was prescient about automation taking away jobs and clients shifting investment dollars into newer digital technologies.
IT services industry is staring at jobless growth because its top employers are focusing on automation to improve productivity and deliver services while they battle shifts in technology to remain profitable.
Industry body Nasscom projected software export growth in fiscal 2017-18 at 7-8% in constant currency, down from 8.6% last year.
How safe is the average Indian techie’s job? Between Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” push at one end and artificial intelligence-driven automation on the other, India’s most sought-after career for two decades is suddenly losing its appeal.
On May 02, Infosys, India’s second largest information technology (IT) company, announced that it will hire 10,000 American workers over the next two years. Three days later, on May 05, Nasdaq-listed Cognizant Technology Solutions, which has a large presence in India, also revealed plans to significantly ramp up hiring in the US. if and when they do end up attracting talent, Indian IT companies may have to pay through their nose for it.
Infosys, Tech Mahindra and Wipro, which went on hiring frenzies when times were good, are today in the process of laying off thousands of their workers across various locations and experience levels. Industry watchers believe that more layoffs are inevitable.
With President Donald Trump making it abundantly clear that he will curb immigrant work visas to protect domestic jobs, technology outsourcing firms such as Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Wipro are focusing on localisation and hiring more Americans to serve their clients in the U.S.
On May 2, 2017 Infosys announced plans to hire 10,000 American workers over the next two years.
At Greyhound Research we believe, steps such as these by IT Services Providers eloquently tell a tale of the pressure they are experiencing under the new Trump administration.
The software industry is facing mounting challenges as countries from Australia to the United States have moved to tighten work visas to limit the influx of foreign workers.
Infosys has deployed its artificial intelligence (AI) platform ‘Mana’ to process contracts for a bank in Asia that typically needed a team of 10-15 dedicated lawyers.
US’ decision to temporarily suspend the expedited premium processing of H-1B visas will lead to process delays for IT firms too.
US President Donald Trump’s proposal for immigration reforms to encourage merit-based migration might help export-focused software and information technology (IT) sector.
Till a few years ago, profitability received the step-child treatment from Indian e-commerce entrepreneurs.
Despite the impending dark overtones cast on India’s IT sector, the reality on the ground is far from anything bleak. Irrespective of the announcements from US president Donald Trump, Brexit concerns and the slowing global economy, the IT sector seems to have factored the low spell and will be only marginally impacted. The sector will likely grow 8-9 percent in FY2017E and could grow at same pace or accelerate in FY2018, according to a technology report from Kotak Instituitional Equities released a week ago.
Run by a kshatriya, a warrior – Vishal Sikka calls himself one – Infosys’ stocks continue to perform well despite allegation of “low corporate governance” by former chairman and co-founder NR Narayana Murthy.
The hullabaloo over former Infosys Chief Financial Officer Rajiv Bansal’s severance payout could just be the trigger for a larger war inside the IT bellwether. But the battle lines have yet to be clearly drawn. The question everyone seems to be invested in for now is: When will the warring sides come into the open and will all this destroy the company’s brand image?
It takes more than just a boardroom coup to oust a company’s chairman or chief executive, though Ratan Tata is different. It took him just one board meeting to remove Cyrus Mistry, then the chairman of Tata Sons, whose family’s firm Shapoorji Palonji holds 18.4% in the Tata Group.
Over the last 24 hours, the Indian IT Industry and media have been abuzz with supposed corporate governance issues at Infosys. Founders have lashed out at Vishal Sikka and the board via a letter that highlights possible corporate governance issues under the new management. While no facts have been presented until now, additional news material was floated this morning with some strong commentary from none other than NR Narayana Murthy himself.
The letter sent by founders to Infosys board raising governance concerns has given rise to nagging suspicion that remote controlling of a company by former promoters may be an emerging trend in Indian corporates that are restructuring and reinventing themselves to come to terms with the new business realities.
IT major Infosys today defended pay hike to chief executive Vishal Sikka and the severance package of two former senior executives saying all decisions were made “in the overall interest of the company”, amid reports of simmering differences between the CEO and its founders.
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