Rohan Murty, the son of NR Narayana Murthy, is rising at Infosys Ltd — India’s second-largest IT services exporter — under the watchful guidance of his father and executive chairman of the company, who has termed his performance over the last six months as a “brilliant job”.
Rohan Murty (30), who joined the company in June last year as the executive assistant to his father (chairman’s office), has been intently learning the various facets of the company while also rigorously reviewing the performance of the company's key business units, including sales and marketing.
Insiders in the company are extremely reluctant to speak about Rohan Murty junior's specific role but the impact has been visible — especially the way he went about reviewing the operations and later downsizing Infosys Labs, a research and development wing of the IT major.
Experts point out that Rohan Murty’s strong academic background would have certainly helped in reviewing the operations at Infosys Labs as he holds a Ph.D in computer science from Harvard University and Bachelor’s from Cornell University. He has authored several papers and patents as part of his research on wireless and mobile computing.
Similarly, he has also undertaken the performance review of energy and utilities business of Infosys, ruffling a few feathers in the way. Rohan Murty takes part in all the key meetings along with his father. Sources say that he played an important role in helping chairman Narayana Murthy initiate the recent restructuring of the sales and marketing engine in India and abroad to revitalise the company.
Prior to his current assignment at Infosys, Rohan has been part of three prestigious programmes — Computing Innovations Fellow at MIT, Siebel Scholars Fellowship and Microsoft Research Fellowship.
Even though, Infosys had a policy of not allowing the kith and kin or any relatives of the founders joining the company, Rohan Murty seemed to be the first exception. Insiders say that Narayana Murthy’s return to the company was on the condition that his son should also be allowed to join him. The Infosys chairman has also publicly remarked that Rohan would make him “more effective” and he liked the idea of working with young minds.
It is not just the business of the Bangalore-based IT firm, but Rohan of late has been taking keen interest in the HR activities of the organisation as well. The IT major recently hired an external agency to undertake a campaign