In a setback to Infosys, the ITgiant’s president and head of Americas, Sandeep Dadlanihas resigned. Dadlani, who was one of the four presidents at Infosys put out a note on professional networking site LinkedIn in the wee hours of Friday announcing his exit. “I will always cherish my 16+ years at Infosys working and learning with some of the best leaders, mentors, colleagues, clients, partners and teams in the industry. I am extremely optimistic of Infosys’ continued success and its strong leadership team. I have decided to pursue my personal interests elsewhere. Next up: An out-of-the world assignment! Stay tuned,” Dadlani’s LinkedIn note read.
What this “out-of-the world assignment” was could not be immediately ascertained.
Dadlani’s departure would come as a blow to Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka who had recently entrusted him with additional charge of generating more business from Infosys’ new software solutions. “Sandeep has played a key role in the success of Infosys over his career and in our transformation journey these past three years. We wish him the best in the journey ahead,” Sikka said in a statement.
In fact, Dadlani was one of the frontrunners to take the top job at Infosys in 2014 when the company was looking for a CEO. The board however, for the first time in its history, went on to hire an executive from outside Infosys as the CEO in the form of Sikka who joined from SAP SE.
Dadlani joined Infosys in 2001 and was overseeing the P&L (profit and loss) role for $3.5 billion of Infosys’s $10.2 billion in revenue, and was also global head for manufacturing, retail, CPG (consumer packaged goods) and logistics verticals at India’s second largest IT services company by revenues.
Since, Sikka took over as the CEO of Infosys in 2014, there have been a slew of top-level exits. Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy has openly questioned Sikka’s management style and raised questions over Sikka’s hefty pay package.