With Salil Parekh set to take charge of Infosys from January next year, the software major is betting big on cloud computing and cybersecurity to reignite growth. India’s second-largest software exporter, since its initial days, thrived on getting technology projects for Fortune clients, which involved writing or maintaining software codes for these companies.
With its recent acquisition of UK-based design firm Brilliant Basics, Infosys has managed to bag banking deals for its Finacle product, which could give a much-needed fillip to its platforms business. Sanat Rao, Chief Business Officer and Global Head of Finacle, told BusinessLine over the telephone that the software major was able to get orders from three banks recently, including two in West Asia and one in the US.
Salil S Parekh, the former executive of Capgemini who will take over as the new chief executive officer at Infosys, has an unenviable task at hand. From addressing the stakeholder concerns to managing investor expectations to taking the company through a big transformation, Parekh has a work which is truly herculean. Above all, his relationship with both the founders and the board will be closely watched.
NEW DELHI: On Saturday, India’s second-largest software provider Infosys announced the appointment of Salil S Parekh as their new MD (Managing Director) and CEO (Chief Executive Officer), bringing an end to a three-month search. Parekh who joins the company from French IT services company Capgemini has been appointed a five-year term and will take office from January 2, 2018.
Infosys may have overcome a big challenge by finding a new chief executive, but that’s not even half the battle won for the country’s second-largest IT services company which has been struggling for years to regain industry-leading growth. On Dec. 02, Infosys said it has appointed 53-year-old Salil S Parekh as its CEO and managing director effective Jan. 02, 2018. An IIT-Bombay alumnus, Parekh joins Infosys from French IT services company Capgemini where he was a member of the group executive board, roughly equivalent to a deputy CEO’s post.
Salil S Parekh’s experience in handling multi-cultural work environment combined with his strong grip on technology and sales make him the perfect choice for leading Infosys, say IT industry experts. Parekh was named as the CEO and Managing Director of Infosys and is slated to take charge at the helm of India’s second largest IT firm on January 2, 2018 for a period of five years.
Infosys Ltd. on Saturday named Capgemini veteran Salil S. Parekh as CEO and MD, filling the vacancy created at the top following the sudden resignation of Vishal Sikka on August 18. Mr. Parekh, who holds Master of Engineering degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and was a member of the Group Executive Board at Capgemini, will join Infosys on January 2, 2018.
Salil S Parekh, the new CEO of Infosys, is described as a soft-spoken yet determined man by those who know him. And, they said, these skills will certainly come handy when he takes over the top role at India’s second largest IT company that is recovering from a year-long acrimony between the previous management and the founders, led by NR Narayana Murthy.
Infosys said today that its Board of Directors has appointed Salil S Parekh as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director (CEO & MD) of the company effective January 2, 2018. The appointment ends a nearly four-month long search for the top job at India’s second largest IT services firm.
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.