“So, therefore, the only role that Rohan has is to make me more effective. That’s it,” Murthy said in response to queries on whether his son was being groomed for a larger role in Infosys.
Rohan, thus, becomes the first promoter’s son to join Infosys. Murthy and the other co-promoters of Infosys have always maintained that their children will not follow them into the company, as is the practice in most family-run businesses in India.
Rohan Murty, who is married to Lakshmi, daughter of Venu Srinivasan, chairman, TVS Motors, and Mallika Srinivasan, chairperson, TAFE, holds a PhD in computer science from Harvard University. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Cornell University.
On approval of his appointment, Rohan Murty’s term as executive assistant to the chairman would be co-terminus with that of Narayana Murthy. Murty has requested that he be paid only a token compensation of Re 1 per year.