Narayana Murthy credits son Rohan Murthy for securing Infosys future

Murthy credited his son Rohan with setting in motion a plan for the future of the company in the course of the past year.

By: Express News Service | Bangalore | Updated: June 15, 2014 8:25 pm


On his last day as the executive chairman of the company he founded over three decades ago, Infosys Ltd founder N R Narayana Murthy credited his son Rohan Murty with setting in motion a plan for the future of the company in the course of the past year — when Murthy returned out of retirement, with Rohan Murty as his executive assistant, to a troubled Infosys.

With Infosys set to have a new leadership team in place from Monday, after the exit of all its founders from executive positions and the entry of former SAP AG executive Vishal Sikka as CEO, Murthy speaking at what he called his last annual general meeting as head of Infosys Ltd here on Saturday spoke at length on controversies that have plagued the company in recent times.

Outlining a broad set of initiatives that the company had taken in the past year to secure its future — automation in software development, measurement of productivity of engineers, returning to a technical core, recognizing young leaders, focusing on education and bringing a culture of innovation – Murthy said each one of these initiatives were “conceived, implemented and pushed forward” by his son Rohan.

“Some of you have questioned why I asked Rohan to put his life on hold and come add value to Infosys. I wanted Infosys to think differently and invest in some bold initiatives that would yield results in the medium to long term. When the board requested me to come back I knew I needed somebody by my side who is intelligent, smart and is new to the industry to the point of where he/she would not accept status quo,”  Murthy told the Infosys Ltd AGM on Saturday.

Murthy admitted during his speech that Infosys had been slipping up on several fronts in recent years and had become too “top heavy” since 2002 apart from losing its focus on meritocracy and accountability in the last decade.

“I have always believed that fairness, transparency, accountability and leadership by example are key to the success of any enterprise. Somehow the company had diluted its focus on meritocracy and accountability during the last decade,” Murthy said.

The Infosys founder also sought to counter concerns expressed in the media over exits of a dozen top executives from the company over the past year by stating that the company had “gone out of its way to retain high performers and has retained them”.

Murthy said some of the executives who left the company had been evaluated as low performers.

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First Published on: June 15, 2014 8:18 pm
  1. E
    Jun 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm
    The company has only gone worse since he joined with Mr Murthy :P
    1. A
      ashok Ashok
      Jun 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm
      They could have made Rohan chairman, instead of his father who has admitted incomptence.
      1. H
        Jun 16, 2014 at 3:22 am
        I dont get it. If Rohan did such a great job, why not appoint him as the CEO? Looks like he is just ensuring that Rohan finds a nice cushy job somewhere else for now and then prep him for a return to Infy down the road...
        1. R
          Jun 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm
          I fear it looks like congress hi case, no responsibility or accountability for governance but take credit for good outcomes. Mr Murthy should ask his son to work under Mr Sikka for sometime, it is good for future.
          1. K
            Kamal Bhagi
            Jun 16, 2014 at 9:10 am
            The Claim of Mr. Murthy that Rohan saved Infy .. in last one year is a "Stretch". looks like Father praising his son and not Chairman praising a young Leader. Rohan probably is good at his work and has required qualities, but if he could do such a good work in one year than why should he not stick in Infy to get it out of troubled sea.
            1. B
              Nov 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm
              Mr Murthy has squeezed the meritorius talent of the country for pitence and made share holders millionaires .
              1. M
                MKS dri
                Jun 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm
                Why did Infosys wasted time and opted for an outsider as CEO by paying him huge amount as compensation when Rohan has done such a wonderful work in the past one year and has started the recovery of Infosys, as claimed by Narayanamurthy !!! Looks like misplaced claims!!!!!!!
                1. P
                  Jun 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm
                  Really....the baccha could have been made the CEO then...It's more like existential problem for Infosys...
                  1. R
                    Jun 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm
                    Would have accepted if someone else apart from yourself would have said that!
                    1. R
                      Jun 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm
                      This is called "Dhritarashtra" syndrome.
                      1. S
                        Jun 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm
                        Obviously, many people do not like NRN. A few years ago, there was a protest by a group of people in front of Infosys in Bengalooru, even though the reason for their protest applied equally to all IT Companies in Bengalooru. Then, there was a case against him about our National Anthem. Mr Murthy rejoined Infosys because the Board had asked him to.
                        1. S
                          Jun 16, 2014 at 8:09 am
                          This is the issue with NRN , prejudice mind Havard, Stamford to innovate ....There were many talented folks in Infy like your son , just that they did not had a chairman dad with them ........
                          1. S
                            Jun 16, 2014 at 8:13 am
                            We never questioned.... You raised the questioned .....people were not concerned with any youngster coming ..rather it was good .....but you never raised the question on shibu is the question people asking ......
                            1. T
                              Thennarasu Ind
                              Jun 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm
                              why cant send all the employees home and keep rohan..
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