Vishal Sikka, a former SAP AG (one of the largest software companies in the world) executive board member has been appointed as Infosys’ Chief Executive Officer and MD replacing SD Shibulal one of the seven engineers who founded Infosys in 1981. Sikka now becomes the first non-founder CEO of Infosys. Here are five things you need to know about the IT Company’s new CEO:
1) Sikka was born in Baroda, Gujarat and his father was an officer in Indian railways. He completed his schooling from Rosary High School, Baroda.
2) He studied computer engineering at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and then finished his BS in Computer Science from Syracuse University and his doctorate from Stanford University in 1996.
3) He founded his first company iBrain after he worked with Xerox’s research labs. iBrain was then acquired by PatternRX, Inc. Sikka worked as Vice President for platform technologies after his second start-up Bodha.com was acquired by Peregrine Systems.
4) In 2002 Sikka joined SAP and headed the advanced technological group to look after strategic innovative projects. He was then promoted to senior vice president of Architecture and Chief Software Architect.
5) In 2007 Sikka was named SAP’s first Chief Technological Officer (CTO) reporting to CEO. After Léo Apotheker’s resignation from the executive board in 2010, Sikka was named in a lately reconstituted board, along with new co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe.
On 4 May this year Vishal Sikka announced his departure from the Executive Board for personal reasons.