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Vishal Sikka, CEO (August 2014 –August 2017)

Vishal Sikka, the former CEO and MD of Infosys, joined the Indian IT outsourcing giant in 2014. He resigned from the post in August 2017. Vishal was the first outsider appointed to lead the second largest Indian IT services firm (after Tata Consultancy) that reportedly had a workforce of 160,000 employees and operated in 30 countries. During his three year tenure, Sikka endeavored to inculcate and nurture the concept of design thinking (a method that helps in solving complex problems) in the firm that abided by an otherwise traditional culture. If you are searching for details such as age, net worth, and email address, scroll down this wiki page. 

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Under Sikka, Infosys recorded 9.1% growth in revenue in 2015-16 and 7.4% growth in 2016-17.  He focused on automation and created new businesses in the areas of artificial intelligence, big data, and analytics. However, his decision-making ability and style of functioning did not go down well with many old Infosys hands. Vishal Sikka received continuous criticism from Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy. According to the founder, some within the company felt that Sikka was more suitable to be the CTO and not the CEO.

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Some were unhappy with the fact that the Infosys CEO managed operations from Palo Alto in the US (and not from India) and used chartered planes for client meetings, which incurred extra cost. Some others expressed their displeasure about the disproportionate pay hike Vishal received in comparison to an average Infosys employee. Because of difference in opinion and constant backlash from founding members of the company, he decided to quit and move on. For a peaceful transition of position, Sikka was made the executive vice chairman of the company till March 2018.

After he quit Infosys, Vishal Sikka was succeeded by Salil Parekh, who is the current Infosys CEO.

Salary & Net Worth

Vishal Sikka was offered an annual compensation of 11 million USD, which is equal to Rs 70.4 Crore. The package included 1 million USD basic pay, 3 million USD variable pay, 5 million USD worth equity and stock options based on performance, and 2 million USD worth of restricted stock units (RSUs). Based on the stint at Infosys and his past work one can estimate Vishal Sikka’s net worth to be more than  Rs 400 Crore.

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Career & Education – Company, University, & College

Before joining Infosys, Sikka worked 12 years for SAP, the software and technology solutions company he joined in 2002, heading its technology department. Before that, he ran his own tech ventures and iBrain, both of which gave him successful exits. He also had a small stint at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center.

Sikka enrolled for bachelors in Computer Engineering at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, but he left it halfway to pursue B.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University in New York. In 1996, he did his PhD from Stanford University.

Contact Vishal Sikka – Email Address | Twitter | LinkedIn

You can reach out to the former Infosys CEO on Twitter @vsikka. Sikka is not much active on LinkedIn, but his page can be found here: . E-mail Id is not currently available.

Wiki Trivia on Vishal Sikka – Age, Family, & Other Details

In 1967, Vishal Sikka (age 53) was born to a Punjabi family in Shajapur of Madhya Pradesh. He did his schooling in Gujarat, where his family relocated in 1973. Sikka is an avid water sport enthusiast and enjoys surfing.

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