Rousing farewell to IT bellwether's most visible face
After more than three decades of his association with Infosys, its Chief Mentor and Chairman, N.R. Narayana Murthy, on Friday logged out of the IT bellwether he co-founded, amid accolades from his colleagues, friends and family.
Having been the most visible face of India's second largest information technology company, Mr. Murthy will now assume the role of its Chairman Emeritus.
Bidding goodbye to the company that he co-founded in Pune with six others in 1981, Mr. Murthy, clad in a T-shirt, arrived at the conference hall in the company's headquarters in Electronics City with his family for the farewell function.
Though technically he is set to retire on Saturday, the farewell was organised on Friday as the company is closed for the weekend. Mr. Murthy said, “I do not believe in any legacy. The past is dead and gone. I am also not going to be nostalgic as I see a wonderful set of young people who will take the company forward, from a $6 billion company to $60 billion or even to $600 billion.”
In the half-hour speech, he advised young Infoscions to work hard, lead by example, shun ego and take sound decisions. Earlier, Kris Gopalakrishnan and K.V. Kamat, who are set to take over as Co-Chairmen, and S.D. Shibulal, new Chief Executive Officer, recalled their association with Mr. Murthy.