N. R. Narayana Murthy
Founder and Chairman Emeritus
N. R. Narayana Murthy is the Founder of Infosys Limited, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore, India. He founded Infosys in 1981, served as the CEO (1981–2002), and as the Chairman and Chief Mentor (1981–2011). Under his leadership, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999. He is currently the Chairman Emeritus of Infosys.
Mr. Murthy articulated, designed, and implemented the Global Delivery Model which has become the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India. He has led key corporate governance initiatives in India. He is an IT advisor to several Asian countries.
He serves on several boards, including HSBC, Ford Foundation, and the Indian School of Business. He served as Chairman of the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, and of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has also served on the boards of Cornell University, Singapore Management University, INSEAD, and the Wharton School.
Mr. Murthy was recognized as one of the “12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time” by Fortune
magazine. The Economist
ranked him among the 10 most admired global business leaders. He has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India, the Legion d’honneur by the Government of France, and the CBE by the British Government. He is the first Indian winner of Ernst and Young’s World Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Max Schmidheiny Liberty prize. He has appeared in the rankings of BusinessWeek, Time, CNN, India Today, Business Standard, Forbes,
and the Financial Times
Mr. Murthy received his MTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.