Former Infosys CEO (chief executive officer) and MD (managing director) Vishal Sikka ‘s wife Vandana Sikka has quit the the philanthropic arm of the IT services company, Infosys Foundation. She was the chairperson of Infosys Foundation , USA.
“Today, I am writing this email to let you know that I have decided to move on from my role as the chairperson of Infosys Foundation USA . But as we know, a person’s passions are not bound by the entities that house us temporarily,” Mrs Sikka said in her resignation email which she also shared on blogging platform, Medium.
Mrs Sikka who Vishal Sikka calls “my companion, my compass, my anchor” served at the Infosys Foundation for two and a half years.
Vandana Sikka holds a Masters degree in computer science and was about to set up a startup, when the Infosys board had invited her to join the IT behemoth’s philanthropic efforts in the US. “We looked at the CSR (corporate social responsibility) needs of America, saw the tech and innovation happening in California, and recognized the dire need for computer science education in the publication accessible to every student as part of core curriculum,” Mrs Sikka had said in an earlier interview to TOI after taking up the assignment.
In a surprise move, which shook the company, Vishal Sikka quit Infosys earlier this month.
The Infosys board and Sikka both cited Murthy’s constant bickering and allegations as the reason behind the drastic decision.
In an investor conference call, post his resignation Sikka had said, “There has been a continuous drumbeat of these allegations…absolutely sickening and everyday you wake up and there is some news story or the other. It has gotten increasingly malicious and personal.”
Murthy had, however, clarified, “I have not commented on Sikka’s work, my problem is with governance at Infosys; I believe fault lies with the board”.
Since then the Infosys board has seen a major rejig with four members leaving, including Vishal Sikka. Co-chairman of the board, Ravi Venkatesan too resigned from his position. However, he continues to be on the board as an independent director.
In the meantime, former CEO Nandan Nilekani was brought back as non-executive chairman of the company last week, to steer the company out of the crisis it finds itself in, even as the search for a new CEO continues..