The Silicon Review
Dr Vishal Sikka is a graduate from Syracuse University, New York, who also earned his PhD from Stanford University, UK and briefly worked at Xerox’s research labs, before founding iBrain which was later acquired by PatternRX, Inc. His second start-up, Bodha.com, focused on developing technology for non-invasive, service-based integration of enterprise applications and information and was soon acquired by Peregrine Systems, which he thereafter joined as the area Vice-President for Platform Technologies, following the start-ups acquisition. Post this, he served as a member of the Executive Board of SAP AG and the Global Managing Board, leading all SAP products and innovation globally and in 2014, took over from Mr S.D. Shibulal, one of the founders of Infosys, as the CEO and Managing Director.
With the IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad meeting him recently, to discuss how the Indian IT companies can be involved in the Rs.1 lakh crore Digital India programme, Dr Sikka shall soon be spreading the intention of the new government in attracting foreign investment to Make in India and to motivate the potential investors to set up industries, especially in Electronics Manufacturing in India.
Trying his level best to lower the attrition rate which is one the biggest problem faced by Infosys, Dr Sikka announced Infosys’ second-quarter results on October 10 which depicted that the company maintained its revenue growth forecast of 7-9% for the year and also gave investors a generous interim dividend and share bonus. With the Nasscom expecting the industry to grow by 13-15%, the company will surely regain its lost glory with the leadership of Dr. Vishal Sikka, in the days to come.
Did You Know
Dr Sikka served as a member of the advisory board for Coghead (acquired by SAP in 2009) from 2006 to 2009 along with industry influencers Steve Bourne, Guy Kawasaki and John Seely Brown! 2. He receives $5.08 Million ( 30 Crores) and stock options worth $2 million as annual compensation