Infosys crisis: Attacks got really personal in last two weeks, says Vishal Sikka

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Infosys crisis: Attacks got really personal in last two weeks, says Vishal Sikka

Posted on : Saturday 19th of August 2017

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BANGALORE: Tension between Vishal Sikka and N R Narayana Murthy had been brewing from the second half of 2016, but it was in February that it bubbled to the surface+ , and it was about a week ago that the Infosys CEO decided it was time to quit.

Speaking to TOI from his office in Palo Alto in US, Sikka said, "It got very intense, malicious and personal in February. It was the same noise, the same drama. I was spending hundreds of hours dealing with nonsensical questions even after it had been established that there was no impropriety."

"People started wondering, who's in charge here, should I do the work Vishal has assigned me? At some point, you say, this is going to hurt the company" he added.

According to Sikka, the attacks "got really personal in the last two weeks... I had my first conversation (about resigning) about a week ago, first with Sesh and then the board, collectively and individually." Sikka said chairman R Seshasayee's first reaction to his decision to quit was "no, no".

But once it became apparent that Vishal Sikka+ wasn't going to change his mind, the conversation veered around to ensuring a smooth transition.

Asked what he thought could be the reason for the "attacks" on him, he said, "I have no idea - and why it became so personal. I even asked the board what could be the reason. I take integrity and governance very seriously, so that can't be the real reason."

What does he plan to do now?+ Will he join another company, or start something on his own? Again, Sikka said, "I have no idea. I have nothing. I haven't talked to anyone."BANGALORE: Tension between Vishal Sikka and N R Narayana Murthy had been brewing from the second half of 2016, but it was in February that it bubbled to the surface+ , and it was about a week ago that the Infosys CEO decided it was time to quit.

Speaking to TOI from his office in Palo Alto in US, Sikka said, "It got very intense, malicious and personal in February. It was the same noise, the same drama. I was spending hundreds of hours dealing with nonsensical questions even after it had been established that there was no impropriety."

"People started wondering, who's in charge here, should I do the work Vishal has assigned me? At some point, you say, this is going to hurt the company" he added.

According to Sikka, the attacks "got really personal in the last two weeks... I had my first conversation (about resigning) about a week ago, first with Sesh and then the board, collectively and individually." Sikka said chairman R Seshasayee's first reaction to his decision to quit was "no, no".

But once it became apparent that Vishal Sikka+ wasn't going to change his mind, the conversation veered around to ensuring a smooth transition.

Asked what he thought could be the reason for the "attacks" on him, he said, "I have no idea - and why it became so personal. I even asked the board what could be the reason. I take integrity and governance very seriously, so that can't be the real reason."

What does he plan to do now?+ Will he join another company, or start something on his own? Again, Sikka said, "I have no idea. I have nothing. I haven't talked to anyone."

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