Some striking about Nandan Nilekani are his affable attitude, his pleasant demeanour and his optimism that always hinges on the art of the possible. That forms part of his armour as he readies for yet another innings at Infosys as its non-executive chairman, a decade after he had retired as CEO from 2002 to 2005.
One feels that Nilekani, who has penned acclaimed books 'Imagining India-Ideas for the New Century' in 2010 and'Rebooting India-Realising a Billion Aspirations' in 2015 with Viral Acharya, now an RBI Deputy Governor, would give himself at least a couple of years at Infosys now.
He is expected to move along the path of innovation that Sikka had set forth on, rejuvenating the company to take on global competition.
He would work to maintain and strengthen the confidence of high value clients whose trust in Infosys would have got a jolt with Sikka's resignation, and instil new confidence in a workforce whose morale would have taken a serious knock. Last but not the least, he will have to identify and bring in a new CEO at Infosys, at a time when getting external CEOs into the firm would be a tough task.
Building a new management with a new competent CEO and several independent board members will be Nilekani's most formidable task. When he steps out when he pleases to, he would not want to see Infosys embroiled in yet another war with the original co-founders. To ensure that, Nilekani would need to work out his real magic that had once endeared him to Infosys and its various stakeholders.