CEO Vishal Sikka seen leading strategy overhaul at Infosys

Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:23pm IST

Vishal Sikka, Chief Technology Officer for SAP AG, speaks at the Reuters Global Technology Summit in New York May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

Vishal Sikka, Chief Technology Officer for SAP AG, speaks at the Reuters Global Technology Summit in New York May 21, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid/Files

Related Topics

Stocks

   

(Reuters) - Vishal Sikka is the first outsider to take the helm at Bangalore-based Infosys, India's second biggest IT services exporter. Here are a few facts about the 47 year old CEO-designate.

* Sikka, an American citizen, was born in Vadodara, India. His family currently lives in California.

* Sikka was the first Chief Technology Officer at German business software maker SAP AG. He was also a member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, leading all products and driving innovation globally until he left the company in May.

* He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University.

* Hasso Plattner, chairman supervisory board at SAP, told Reuters that Sikka had asked to leave the company three times, for family reasons. Plattner said he managed to convince Sikka to change his mind twice, but in May, Sikka left.

* Sikka is credited with developing HANA (High Performance Analytic Appliance), SAP's flagship in-memory database management system.

* For the top job at Infosys, Sikka was chosen over three other shortlisted candidates. The last four to be listed were interviewed in London and Mumbai, and lead independent director of Infosys KV Kamath said Sikka fit the bill of a "transitional" CEO. His current tenure is for five years.

(Reporting by Nivedita Bhattacharjee in MUMBAI and Ilona Wissenbach in GERMANY; Editing by Miral Fahmy)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Markets

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Political Pulse

Political Pulse

100 days of Modi: Good for business, not so good for marginalised groups.  Full Article 

Segway in India

Segway in India

Segway’s India business pegs hope on tech-savvy Modi  Full Article 

Best Economy

Best Economy

Swiss economy most competitive once again; EU, U.S., Japan improve.  Full Article 

Power Outage

Power Outage

Mumbai hit by power cuts  Full Article 

Commodities

Commodities

Gold imports, premiums to jump on festive demand - top refiner  Full Article 

Economic Worries

Economic Worries

Pakistan's promises to IMF in doubt as protests sap economy   Full Article 

Islamic Finance

Islamic Finance

Basel III deposit challenge looms over Islamic banks   Full Article 

Antitrust Probes

Antitrust Probes

U.S. business lobby says concerned China antitrust probes unfair.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage