26 February, 2021

A Cure For Sikka Finally Found

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka’s departure throws light on the firm’s terrible performance under him. Times are tough, but the numbers are merciless too.

N.R. Narayana Murthy with newly-appointed CEO Vishal Sikka in 2014
Photograph by PTI
A Cure For Sikka Finally Found

Contours Of A Slide

  • Infosys’s performance under Vishal Sikka has been subdued, with no double-digit growth and some negative quarters
  • Net Profit for Q1 of 2017-18 fell by 3.3 per cent. Revenue for the quarter also fell by 0.2 per cent as compared to last year.
  • In Q4 of 2016-17, net profit dropped by 2.83 per cent and revenue dropped by 0.89 QoQ and 3.44 per cent YoY
  • During Sikka’s tenure Infosys has performed worse than all the previous CEOs of the company
  • Sikka inherited a company under tough times. Adverse market conditions, shift to automation, AI, robotics and digital hitting it badly.
  • But total revenues increased from $8.2 billion to over $10 billion during Sikka’s tenure. Attrition was down significantly.


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...

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