No One Wins in the Infosys Saga

New Delhi, Aug. 20 -- On 18 August, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka abruptly resigned. The board of Infosys Ltd released a letter blaming co-founder and former chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy for Sikka's exit. Sikka himself, in his letter to the board, spoke of personal attacks and allegations that were "amplified by the very people from whom we all expected the most steadfast support in this great transformation." Soon after, Murthy released a message saying he was anguished by the board's comments.

On the morning of Sikka's resignation-a few hours before it was announced-Mint carried an article on an email from Murthy to a few of his advisers, claiming that three members of Infosys's board, including co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan, had told him that Sikka was more chief technology officer (CTO) material than chief executive officer (CEO) material. …

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