Since he returned as executive chairman last June to revive the induat stry leader-turned-laggard, a procession of senior executives and CEO probables have gone out of the company, and staff attrition has hovered around 18%.
Infosys president BG Srinivas quit last week, almost as a dark first-anniversary gift for Murthy. Srinivas was seen as the last in-house horse to win the CEO race to replace SD Shibulal, who is due to retire ahead of his schedule early next year.
“Murthy’s return has not had the impact that was expected,” said Shriram Subramanian, founder of InGovern, a corporate governance advisory firm and a former Infosys employee himself. “By bringing in his son Rohan Murty (as hi executive assistant), he has shattered the morale of many senior people at Infy,.
He said Murthy relied on old methods like cost cutting and large deals to keep the ship afloat, while what it needed was “some bold moves and out of the box solutions.”
“The incoming CEO should be given a carte blanche,” he said.
However, Shashi Bhushan, senior analyst with broking firm Prabhudas Liladhar, who track Infosys stocks says it would be unfair to target Murthy. “Murthy himself had said that it would take three years to revive growth. Company is still in transition and there are many unfinished tasks,” he said.