Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigns: Beleaguered Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) Sikka resigned early on Friday morning. The shock news was followed by a string of letters, two from Sikka himself – one being his resignation and the other being his letter addressed to employees – as well as one from the Board. In his resignation letter, the former Infosys top boss quoted late Apple co-founder, the iconic Steve Jobs. Sikka in his letter said that he must follow his heart and intuition and that is why he took this massive step to quit. In the letter, Sikka also said that he would work with the board and the management of Infosys to create a smooth transition. In his letter, Sikka put forth his concerns and vision by quoting Steve Jobs – it is quite hard-hitting: ”Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
Who exactly, he was targeting is not clear, but the Board in a statement that was tweeted by ET Now says, ” Murthy’s continuous assault, incl latest letter, primary reason that CEO resigned.” It added, “Murthy’s letter contains factual inaccuracies, already-disproved rumours. Believes we must set the record straight on false & misleading charges by Murthy.” It even went to the extent of adding, “Murthy’s actions & demands are damaging company.” It concluded by saying, “Dialogue with Murthy to resolve issues unsuccessful. Will not comment on Murthy’s campaign motive.”
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After quoting Steve Jobs in his letter Sikka wrote, ”I now need to move forward and return to an environment of respect, trust and empowerment, where I can take on new lofty challenges, as can each of you.” He went on to add that in the next few months he is looking forward to working with the board and the management of Infosys to ensure a smooth transition and that he would simultaneously focus on doing something great and purposeful, for the times ahead.
In his letter, Sikka also stated that he would like to spend some time with his loved ones. Sikka’s letter read ”Would spend some time with my loved ones. I’ve been away from home far too often and far too long.”