Infosys sees one more top executive exit as senior V-P S Goparaju quits

Written by fe Bureau | Bangalore | Updated: Dec 20 2013, 14:55pm hrs
Infosys saw one more high-profile exit on Thursday with Subrahmanyam (Subu) Goparaju, senior vice-president and head of Infosys Labs the technology research and innovation arm of the IT major, deciding to leave the company.

Goparaju, who also headed the intellectual property cell (IP Cell) of the company, was responsible for the R&D strategy and intellectual property management of the country's second largest IT services exporter.

Confirming Goparaju's resignation, Infosys, in an email response to FE said, Subrahmanyam Goparaju has decided to leave the company. His last day with Infosys will be December 27, 2013. Subu has been with Infosys for 25 years. We would like to thank Subu for his contribution and leadership, especially in building Infosys Labs.

Savio D'Souza, will manage Infosys Labs Service Differentiation Platforms group and Dr Anindya Sircar will manage the IP Cell. Both, Savio and Dr Sircar will report to Chandrashekar Kakal. Prasad Joshi will lead the Technology Centres of Excellence and report to Pravin Rao, the company spokesperson said.

Goparaju joined Infosys in 1988 and has spent over ten years in IT consulting, solution delivery and customer management roles. He started SETLabs (software engineering and technology labs), now Infosys Labs, in 2000. He also started the companys IP Cell in 2004 and was responsible for the Product R&D group of Infosys between 2010 and 2013.

Commenting on the string of top-level exits at Infosys, executive chairman NR Narayana Murthy in a recent interaction with brokerage house Cowen & Co, said, In most cases, management was successfully able to keep promising senior talent which was about to leave Infosys. On the other hand, management voluntarily decided to let less promising talent depart. The brokerage report also said quoting Murthy that in certain cases, the advancement of the company's most promising talent has been delayed by other less promising senior talent within the organisation.

Internally, Infosys has seen management transformation in the last several quarters, including reshuffle of top executives. After a string of top-level exits since June, the company undertook a management restructuring with executive chairman NR Narayana Murthy relying on his trusted aides to head key verticals.