26 September, 2020

Truck Between The Two Camps

The chairman isn’t exiting. Taking a pacifist line, R. Seshasayee has reached out to NR.

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Truck Between The Two Camps
outlookindia.com
2017-02-18T11:53:45+05:30

“Don’t look at this as a battle,” was what Infosys Chairman R. Sesha­sayee repeated several times during a marathon press conference the other day at Mumbai airport’s Taj Santacruz. The situation was indeed unusual: the Board having to clarify on issues that were seemingly smouldering for months until N.R. Narayana Murthy spoke his mind in a newspaper interview.

Seshasayee, 68, is no stranger to Infosys: he was an independent director for four years before ste­pping in as the non-executive chairman in June 2015. He has known Murthy for three decades, and in the middle of this fortnight’s flare-up, the Infosys founder told an interviewer that Seshasayee was a man of highest integrity. Yet, the auto industry veteran is leading the Infosys board when it has no founders or those managing operations in the company. The board, except for a couple of members, comprises people fairly new to Infosys.

“Here we have some stakeholders with nothing other than the best interest of the organisation in their mind…lot of passion,...

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