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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

More women for Gen-Next Infy

BANGALORE: The 25th annual general meeting(AGM) of the country’s second largest IT exporter — Infosys Technologies — was different and special in many ways.

While it was held against the backdrop of the company crossing the $2 billion revenue mark, it in a sense marked the end of an era, being the last one to be helmed by NR Naryana Murthy as its chairman and chief mentor.

It also saw emotional scenes with very grateful investors plying the iconoic Infosys chief with gifts and lavish praise for taking the company to such great heights. Murthy for his part, used his speech to seek gender diversity at the top in corporates, by saying: ”I would like more women leaders to shape the future of Infosys.”

And referring to the top management changes which the company witnessed recently (with V Balakrishnan becoming the CFO), he said of T V Mohandas Pai: ”Infosys was fortunate to have him as CFO through a critical growth phase.”

Later at a media interaction, Murthy said that India needed to utilise the power of women to make progress and face head-on various challenges. To a specific query on whether the company was looking at having more women directors, Murthy said that the initial move had been made.

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