BANGALORE: Infosys has been a constant battle ground since late 2016 when tension started brewing between Vishal Sikka and N.R. Narayana Murthy. The news of such tension became public in February but a week ago, the Infosys CEO decided to quit.
In an interview, Sikka recalled the time and said that it was a tough period for him as it became very intense, personal and malicious and he ended up spending hundreds of hours with nonsensical questions and drama. The personal attacks were uncalled for and they really affected him. It got really tough for the employees as well as they did not know who’s in charge and did not know whether they should take their orders from Sikka or not. It eventually started hurting the company. It was also reported that Narayana Murthy sent an email to his advisors saying that Sikka is CTO but not CEO material, however Sikka refused to comment on the matter.
Before resigning, Sikka consulted the board and chairman R Seshasayee who negatived such an idea. But once the board realised he was not going to change his mind, they tried make the transition a smooth one instead for wasting efforts on persuading him.
Sikka was the company’s first non-founder CEO, appointed in June 2014. He said he started really well with a lot of hope and positivity but the negativity and distractions had started t take a toll on him and his health, wondering if it was worth it.
When asked about his future plans, Sikka was unsure whether he will join another company or start something on his own. For now, Sikka plans to spend some quality time with his family.