Gopalakrishnan likely to be next chairman at Infosys

s-gopalakrishnan-infosysS Gopalakrishnan, the CEO and MD at Infosys Technologies, is most likely to become the next chairman of the software major after incumbent NR Narayana Murthy exits next year.

Gopalakrishnan, who is one of the seven co-founders, of the company has the support of the top management in the company and is believed to be able to bring consensus in company’s decision. He had takeover as CEO when the global economic lowdown as setting in and has been able to carry on well.

He has managed to take the company through the slowdown while maintaining profitability. Infosys, which is perceived as a conservative company, will not be willing to look for a chairman outside the company.

Infosys was formed in 1981 and has grown to become the country’s second-largest IT services exporter and the biggest technology brand in the country in the last thirty years.

The infosys’s nominations committee, ICICI Bank non-executive chairman KV Kamath, Cornell University professor Jeffrey Sean Lehman and HDFC Standard Life Insurance CEO Deepak M Satwalekar are looking for a successor to Mr. Murthy.

If Gopalakrishnan becomes the Chairman then COO and co-founder SD Shibulal will mostly likely become the next CEO. According to sources he Gopalakrishnan will be able build upon the legacy of Nandan Nilekani and Narayana Murthy.