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Infosys not to have co-chairman, post-Nilekani
Published on 10 Jul. 2009 10:51 PM IST
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IT bellwether Infosys Technologies will not have a co-chairman after Nandan M. Nilekani resigned from the post, a top official of the IT bellwether said Friday. “There will be no co-chairman for now as there is no other change in the board. Though it is difficult to fill the void left by Nandan, there is no dearth of leadership in the company. His executive powers and responsibilities will be distributed among others on the board,” Infosys chief executive and managing director Kris Gopalakrishnan told reporters here. Nilekani bid adieu Thursday to the company he co-founded with chairman and chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy and four others 28 years ago. He has been appointed as chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) project by the central government. “We are confident of managing the transition as we did before when Murthy handed over the baton to Nilekeni in 2002. He has been an integral part of the company for nearly three decades,” Gopalakrishnan said at a media conference on the company’s financial performance in the first quarter this fiscal. Admitting that Nilekani will be missed by the board as well as thousands of its employees, the chief executive said the former co-chairman had been the face of the company and was extensively involved in branding exercise globally. “Now, we will have to travel a lot more to make up for Nandan’s absence and work for marquee clients he has been engaging,” Gopalakrishnan added.

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