Infosys Lab head to quit

Our Bureau Bangalore | Updated on December 19, 2013 Published on December 19, 2013

Subrahmanyam Goparaju, Senior Vice-President and Head of Infosys Labs, will be quitting the company by this year-end.

Savio D'Souza will manage Infosys Labs’ Service Differentiation Platforms group and Anindya Sircar will manage the IP Cell, according to a filing on the stock exchanges. Both, D'Souza and Sircar will report to Chandrashekar Kakal, who was recently promoted to Senior Vice-President Head of Global Delivery Member, Executive Council. Further, Prasad Joshi will lead the Technology Centres of Excellence and report to Pravin Rao who is the Senior Vice-President Global Head of Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Logistics and Life Sciences, Director of Infosys Leadership Institute Member, Executive Council.

This follows a spate of top management exits in the company, which included the likes of Ashok Vemuri, who is now the CEO at iGATE, Stephen Pratt, the Head of Utilities and Resources, North America, as the company lags behind growth when compared to peers like TCS and Cognizant. Goparaju was also member of the Executive Council in Infosys and was heading the technology research and innovation arm of Infosys, as per details on the Infosys corporate profile website.

Goparaju joined Infosys in 1988 and spent 10 years in IT consulting, solution delivery and customer management roles.

In 2000, he was given the mandate to start SETLabs (Software Engineering and Technology Labs), which is now rechristened as Infosys Labs. Further, he also started the company’s IP Cell in 2004 and was responsible for the Product R&D group of the company between 2010 and 2013 which comes under Products Platforms and Services. This business has been struggling to grow and contributes to 5.7 per cent of its $7-billion business in fiscal 2013.

Industry watchers believe that these management changes are imperative for the company and while exits are not good news, it will not impact the company much. “When a company is going through this transformation, shakeups are bound to happen,” said Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst, Greyhound Research.

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Published on December 19, 2013
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