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Infosys new CEO to get $5.1 mn annual salary

PTI New Delhi | Updated on December 21, 2017

Vishal Sikka, the new Infosys CEO.

Vishal Sikka will also be eligible to receive stock option of $2 mn

Infosys Ltd will pay its new chief executive officer Vishal Sikka up to $5.08 million in annual salary besides a stock option of $2 million, a package considered lower than global peers.

Sikka, 47, will replace SD Shibulal and take charge on August 1.

India’s second-largest software services exporter has sent out a circular calling for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the company shareholders on July 30 at Bangalore to approve the appointment of Sikka as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

According to the circular, Sikka will be paid an annual base salary of $9,00,000 and annual variable pay of $4.18 million.

The former SAP executive will also be eligible to receive an annual stock option equal to $2 million in value.

Sikka’s total compensation package of $7.08 million, including stock options, compares with $18 million Microsoft pays to its chief executive, $16.2 million IBM CEO gets and $14.4 million Citibank CEO receives.

Hit by several top-level exits, Infosys had last month undertook a major shake-up bringing in for the first time an outsider, Vishal Sikka, as CEO even as mentor N R Narayana Murthy and his son Rohan stepped down four years ahead of their tenure.

Sikka, 47, who was previously executive board member of German IT firm SAP, will replace S D Shibulal, one of the seven engineers who founded Infosys in 1981, from August 1.

Since Murthy’s return, Infosys had seen 11 top-level exits including that of CFO V Balakrishnan, global manufacturing head Ashok Vemuri and President BG Srinivas.

Murthy will be replaced by veteran banker K V Kamath as non-executive Chairman of the Infosys board.

Infosys said in the circular that Sikka will be appointed for a five-year period ending June 13, 2019.

Murthy will be designated Chairman Emeritus from October 11, the day Kamath will assume the role of non-executive Chairman.

Sikka, who quit SAP in May, comes in after four straight years of narrowing margins at Infosys.

A Stanford University computer science Ph.D. graduate, Sikka oversaw the development of new products, including a platform for quickly analysing large databases, as chief technology officer at SAP, the world’s largest maker of business management software.

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