The exit of Sanjay Purohit, the seventh key executive to quit Infosys, shows the challenges its first non-founder chief executive Vishal Sikka is facing. Sikka, a former board member at business software company SAP AG, has been trying to push the Indian IT services firm to shift its business model from a people-dependent one to higher productive mix of software and people.
“The DNA of a product person and a IT services person is different. It is unfair to put them on the same room and expect results,” said Sanchit Vir Gogia, chief analyst and chief executive of Greyhound Research, an independent Digital Transformation research and advisory firm. “Sikka is a brilliant person. He comes from a product background and has never had sales experience. In IT services, you need a different skill. He is finding it tough to fit.”