Infosys board to decide Murthys successor today

New Delhi: Amid the heightened interest in industry circles and markets over who will succeed Infosys after N R Narayana Murthy, the company`s board of Directors is meeting in Bangalore Saturday to finalise the plans of next leadership.
"The Board of Directors will meet on April 30, 2011 to finalise plans for the company`s leadership succession, post N R Narayana Murthy`s retirement as Chairman of the Board in August 2011," the company had said.
Current CEO S Gopalakrishnan is tipped to take over as chairman when Murthy retires, while present COO S D Shibulal is expected to be promoted to the post of chief executive officer.
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The succession plans in the iconic company comes at a time when its not-so-exciting earning numbers have dampened the market expectations, while rivals like Tata Consultancy Services and HCL Technologies posted stellar results.
The company registered lesser-than-expected 13.6 per cent growth in net profit at Rs 1,818 crore for in the last quarter of the previous fiscal.
TCS and HCL Technologies, on the other hand, posted 31.1 per cent jump (Q4 FY`11) and 33 per cent (Q3 FY`11), respectively.
The industry and markets have been keenly awaiting the succession plans at Infosys. More so, after the resignation of T V Mohandas Pai as Director and Head of Human Resources after putting in 17 years in the company. Pai was considered by many as the CEO material
Murthy had stepped down as CEO in 2002, handing over office to co-founder Nandan Nilekani. Nilekani left the company in 2007 to join the Unique Identification Authority of India. Current CEO Gopalakrishnan took over the reins from Nilekani.

Infosys has also formed a nominations committee, comprising Professor Jeffery S Lehman, Deepak M Satwalekar (former MD and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance) and KV Kamath (non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICICI Bank).

The committee is responsible for succession planning for the roles of chairman, CEO, COO and CFO of the company.