Vishal Sikka resigns

Bengaluru : On Friday 18th August’2017, Vishal Sikka resigned as the MD and CEO of Infosys with immediate effect . Sikka has been appointed as the interim Executive Vice-Chairman of Infosys till the new permanent CEO and MD takes charge, which is expected to happen by March 31, 2018. Vishal Sikka will get an annual salary of $1 during his tenure as Executive Vice-Chairman.

Here are some excerpts from his resignation letter :

Over the last few days, since our earlier call, I’ve met Sesh several times, talked to you individually at length, and spent time thinking things thru with Vandana. During this time, one of our employees, Sandeep Karamongikar, died in his sleep, likely of a massive heart attack. He was working on the chatbot front end in Nia. Also over the weekend, in possibly the greatest demonstration of AI capability ever, a bot built by the researchers at OpenAI (yes, that OpenAI), defeated the world’s best players of DOTA2, a multiplayer online video game, a game where the bot learned to play entirely from scratch. Further demonstrating that the force to automate routine, even advanced, activities is an unstoppable and exponential one. And the Charlottesville incident here in the US demonstrated once again the power of words and silences to cause real damage or to heal.

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