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Vishal Sikka resigns from Infosys: Who is UB Pravin Rao, man set to be interim CEO and MD

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After Vishal Sikka's resignation, U B Pravin Rao has been appointed as the interim Managing Director and CEO of Infosys. On Friday, Sikka resigned from his post and will now serve as the Executive vice-Chairman of the company. His resignation was accepted during a board meeting on August 18. Meanwhile, With over 30 years of experience, U B Pravin Rao, has recently been serving as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Infosys and also as the chairperson of Infosys BPO. He is responsible for the key functions of global sales, global delivery and business enabling functions. He drives and oversees the continuous renewal of key processes, systems and policies across the company in client relationship management, sales effectiveness, delivery excellence, quality, talent management and leadership development.

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UB Rao had joined the company in 1986. In the three decades, he has held several senior level leadership portfolios including Head of Infrastructure Management Services, Delivery Head for Europe, and Head of Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Logistics and Life Sciences. He is also a member of the National Council of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Executive Council of Nasscom. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the Bangalore University.

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This year in April, Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy had raised corporate governance issue with the company while opposing and criticising the hike in salary of chief operating officer U B Pravin Rao. The company had later justified the decision. At that time, Sikka justified Rao's salary by saying, "Pravin's commitment and contribution to the company have been immense, and his partnership over the past 3 years has been critical to the successes and growth of our company."

In his resignation letter to colleagues, friends and mentors, Sikka said: "After much reflection, I have concluded that it is indeed time for me to leave my current positions as MD and CEO, and I have communicated my resignation to Sesh. I will be working closely with Sesh, Ravi, Pravin, with all of you, and the senior management team to plan out the details and the timelines to ensure a smooth transition and in the meantime, continue our work without disruption, and ensuring that we protect our company, the employees, the clients, and the interests of every shareholder. You can count on my commitment to this."

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