After Vishal Sikka’s sudden exit, Infosys in fresh trouble to hunt for new CEO

In a dramatic turn of events, as Vishal Sikka resigns as the Chief Executive Officer of Infosys, citing continuing public battle with the company’s founders, the tech giant now faces another major headache to find a better replacement. And with the company’s board still simmering, there is an urgent need of recruitment for the company. As reported by Reuters, sources close to the boardroom has stated that the challenge to find someone to replace Sikka will be even tougher than the company’s 2014 CEO hunt.

According to Reuters report, a source was quoted saying, “It was extremely hard to find an external candidate last time, and the spat is going to make the job even more difficult now. I think there is very little chance there will be an external candidate.”

While Sikka, after joining Infosys in 2014, had to put efforts to diversify the company away from basic IT outsourcing services, the new CEO will be taking on a company which is in much better shape now. A source from within the company has reportedly told Reuters, “There may be some people who get excited by these kinds of challenging situations. But anyone who is comfortable and doing well will think long and hard before taking this job.”

Vishal Sikka has today resigned as the Managing Director and CEO of Infosys mentioning ‘personal attack’ on him as one of the key reasons for his decision. And as the company’s board appointed Chief Operating Officer UB Pravin as the interim MD and CEO, a statement from Infosys stated that co-founder NR Narayana Murthy’s ‘continuous assaults’ is the primary reason for Sikka’s resignation.

Clarifying his sudden decision, in a blog, Dr Sikka wrote, “For days, indeed weeks, this decision has weighed on me. It is clear to me that despite our successes over the last three years, and the powerful seeds of innovation that we have sown, I cannot carry out my job as CEO and continue to create value, while also constantly defending against unrelenting, baseless/malicious and increasingly personal attacks.”

By Priyam Mukhopadhyay

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