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Outgoing CEO SD Shibulal says leading Infosys has been a 'great ride'

PTI     July 12, 2014

SD Shibulal, the outgoing CEO of Infosys, who started the IT company with six friends over three decades back and turned it into an over $8 billion entity, presented the company's results for the last time on Friday.

Announcing a healthy increase of 21.6 per cent in consolidated net profit to Rs 2,886 crore for the quarter ended June 30 against the year-ago period, Shibulal said he is leaving behind a stronger firm.

"I believe life changes and it is a part of life. But, it has been a great ride," he said.

The last of seven co-founders to hold the CEO position at Infosys, Shibulal will pass the baton to former Board member of German software giant SAP, Vishal Sikka - the first outsider.

Sikka officially takes charge from August 1.

Recounting the different problems the IT major was facing when he took over in August 2011, Shibulal said the firm has left behind the tough times.

"We were coming out of an economic crisis and our customers were tentative in their decisions. The macroeconomic conditions were uncertain. We were faced with trailing business momentum and were dealing with multiple internal challenges,employee retaliation cases... Today these challenges are behind us, " Shibulal said.

When asked if he could have had a better farewell, he said: "I have no regrets...I am not a person who believes in hindsight".

Listing the achievements of Infosys during his tenure, Shibulal said the margins of the company were moving in the right direction.

"A US court has dismissed the law suit filed by the employees and we have settled all others. We have revamped our compliance regime and have won five large outsourcing deals amounting to 700 million dollars TCV (Total Contract Value). We made a strategic acquisition of Lodestone to increase our presence in consultancy in Europe and doubled our revenue growth in FY 14 compared with FY 13," Shibulal elaborated.

He further highlighted that the Infosys' clients had remained intact and it had not lost a single client due to these challenges.

"Going forward, I believe that I am leaving a stronger Infosys behind. I wish Vishal and his team the very best," Shibulal said.


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