1. Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka plans suffer big setback, US operations head Sandeep Dadlani quits

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka plans suffer big setback, US operations head Sandeep Dadlani quits

Key executives elevated as IT major shuffles top management team.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 17, 2017 5:26 AM
Infosys also announced the appointment of Inderpreet Sawhney as group general counsel.

Sandeep Dadlani, president and head of Infosys’ operations in America, who was crucial to CEO Vishal Sikka’s plans, has quit the company. He was one among the four executives who were elevated as presidents last year. Dadlani was also the global head of the company’s manufacturing, retail and logistics unit, which accounts for around 35% of the IT major’s revenue.

Besides, he also headed EdgeVerve, the Infosys products company and the artificial intelligence platform – Nia. The reasons for Dadlani’s exit was not immediately known, though a note on his LinkedIn site said that his next step would be “An out-of-the world assignment”. He was with the company since 2001.

In his place, Infosys has brought in two new executives. Karmesh Vaswani has been appointed as the global head of retail, consumer packaging goods (CPG) & logistics and Nitesh Banga has been brought in as gobal head of manufacturing. Both appointments are effective July 15, 2017. Vaswani and Banga are both career Infoscions who have held strategic portfolios across the organisation for nearly a decade.

Infosys also announced the appointment of Inderpreet Sawhney as group general counsel, effective July 3, 2017. She joins Infosys from Wipro where she was the General Counsel. The company also said that Gopi Krishnan Radhakrishnan, who was the acting General Counsel of Infosys, will be leaving the company later this month.

Sanjay Dadlani was among the four executives who were elevated to the rank of president from the position of executive vice president last year along with Ravi Kumar, Mohit Joshi and Rajesh Krishnamurthy. Among the four, Ravi Kumar was also given the role of deputy chief operating officer in January, this year.

The resignation of Dadlani comes as a setback to Infosys as the company’s senior management had shown signs of stability in the recent past. During the early days of Vishal Sikka’s term as CEO – his formal appointment was in August, 2014 – Infosys had witnessed a major top management churn with nine executive vice presidents leaving the company. During this period, he also brought in numerous executives from his previous organisation SAP.

Some of the key executives who resigned from Infosys were CFO Rajiv Bansal, manufacturing vertical head Sanjay Jalona, healthcare & lifescience head Manish Tandon, BPO business head Gautam Thakkar, consulting head Sanjay Purohit and Anup Upadhaya.

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Sikka has devoted considerable amount of time and energy in building a stable management which is aligned to the company’s new priorities. This includes reorganising its existing line of businesses with concepts such as zero distance, renew and new policy and design thinking. At the same time, Sikka has placed equal emphasis on new areas of technology such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics etc.

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