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With new hires from SAP, Infosys strengthens senior team - Economic Times

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Varun Sood, ET Bureau Oct 27, 2014, 04.09AM IST







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BANGALORE:Vishal Sikka continues to attract talent from SAP as he builds a team of leaders to help transform Infosys into what the first non-founder chief executive officer calls a "next generation IT services company."


Ganapathy Subramanian, former vice-president at SAP Labs India, and Sudipto Shankar Dasgupta, former chief development architect at SAP Labs India, have joined Infosys as vice presidents. While their roles have not been revealed, ETlearns they will continue to be based out of Bangalore.





Kaustav Mitra, Global VP, SAP Startup Focus, is serving his notice period and is expected to join Sikka's team, as is Yusuf Bashir, VP,New Products & Business Development at SAP.


Since Sikka, a former member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, took over at the country's second-largest software company on August 1, seven SAP executives, including five SVPs, have switched loyalties to join Infosys. They include Ritika Suri, Abdul Razack, Sanjay Rajagopalan, Navin Budhiraja and Michael Reh, all of whom report directly to Sikka.


The SVPs will be stationed in Palo Alto, save Reh who will be based out of Germany. With Mitra and Bashir, also expected to work from Palo Alto, the number of former SAP executives joining Infosys rises to nine.


Mitra told ET that for now he remains with SAP, driving the Startup Focus programme. "If there is any change in my situation, I would be more than happy to do a detailed debrief, circumstances permitting,"said Mitra. An e-mail sent to Bashir remained unanswered.


Mitra will be joining Infosys when the Bangalore-based company is looking to strengthen its engagement with startups. At SAP, Mitra is credited with having recruited over 1,500 startups in two years and helped enable $20 million in startup revenue in 2014, with forecast of $90 million for 2015, making SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner call it "one of the best ideas at SAP of the past 10 years."


A company spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter, saying: "As per company policy, we do not comment on the appointments or exits of executives other than members of the board or executive officers."


Infosys had said that in the second quarter, over 3,000 professionals joined the company from several global corporations, including "a few from SAP. It is relatively common in our industry that when a senior leader leaves a company, there would be a few people who may decide to follow."


Srikantan Moorthy, executive vice president and head of human resources, told ET earlier this month that Infosys will "continue to build on its relationship with SAP in different forms, whether it is on the human resources side in terms of their processes or the products they have built."


Some experts say that SAP executives joining Infosys is a vote of confidence in Sikka's leadership skills. "People are attracted to leaders and compelling ideas,"said Dave Gardner, founder of Gardner & Associates Consulting, a California-based advisory firm. "If the work is exciting, there will be little difficulty finding people who want to help Infosys evolve. Vishal is building a great team. I don't see any problems attracting and retaining top talent."


When Sikka announced Infosys' second-quarter results on October 10, the company maintained its revenue growth forecast of 7-9% for the year and gave investors a generous interim dividend and share bonus. Nasscom expects the industry to grow by 13-15%, meaning Infosys and Sikka have a lot of ground to cover.







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