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Infosys appoints outsider Salil S Parekh as CEO

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By Sankalp Phartiyal and Suvashree Choudhury

(Reuters) - Infosys, India's No.2 IT services company, named S as chief executive on Saturday, picking an outsider for the job a second time and handing him the twin challenges of reviving growth and making peace between its founders and board.

Parekh, who will join from consultancy firm Capgemini where he is currently an executive, has been given a 5-year term effective Jan.2, an filing to exchanges showed.

U.B. Pravin Rao who was serving as the interim has been re-designated as chief operating officer from Jan. 2, said.

"After a comprehensive global search effort, we are pleased to appoint as the & MD," said Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson of the nomination & remuneration committee at

"He was the top choice from a pool of highly qualified candidates. With his strong track record and extensive experience, we believe, we have the right person to lead "

Former Vishal Sikka announced a sudden exit in August after a protracted public spat with the company's founding executives, led by Narayana Murthy, over strategy and alleged corporate governance lapses.

Sikka, who joined from German software maker SAP SE in 2014, was the first outsider to be appointed of the Bengaluru-headquartered company.

His exit and the prolonged public row led to a reshuffling of the Infosys' board with Nandan Nilekani, a co-founder and former CEO, returning as non-executive chairman.

Nilekani, credited with four-fold growth in Infosys' revenue to $2 billion during his tenure as CEO, had said at the time that cultural fit would be an important criteria for the top job, making internal candidates "very strong contenders".

(Reporting by Suvashree Dey Choudhury and Sankalp Phartiyal; editing by Rafael Nam and Jason Neely)

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First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 16:23 IST
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