Narayana Murthy: The Man Who Made Infosys

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Narayana Murthy was born on August 20 1946 in Mysore to a ‘Kannada Madhwa Brahmin’ family. He has eight brothers and a sister.

Murthy’s father was a high school teacher and the fact that he had to take care of 10 children made the financial conditions difficult for him.

This left Narayana Murthy attend a government school and he went on to pursue his B.E degree from University of Mysore and later acquired his masters’ degree from IIT, Kanpur. He started his career as a chief system programmer at IIM Ahmedabad implementing the BASIC interpreter for ECIL (Electronics Corporation of India Limited). Then he move to London and worked for three year in a company called SESA. Here he excelled in his career by designing a software to manage air-freight at the Charles de Gaulle terminal in Paris.

He came back to India with a dream of starting his own company. Aptly, he started an IT software consulting firm called Softronics in Pune which he says allowed him learn his first experiences. However, the company failed and later on, he joined a company in Pune named Patni Computer Systems and again moved on to Mumbai where he met his wife Sudha, who was also an engineer. Incidentally, she would be the one to provide the initial investment for starting Infosys.

The couple are parents to two children – daughter Akshata and son Rohan. Narayana Murthy’s son Rohan is married to Lakshmi Venu who is the daughter of Venu Srinivasan of TVS Motors while Murthy’s daughter is married to Rishi Sunak.

The year 1981 is said to be a new chapter in the life of Narayana Murthy and 6 more software professionals who started Infosys with an expectation to earn INR 50 crores yearly gross. However, the company couldn’t reach this goal in the beginning and Narayana Murthy’s continuous efforts and dedication soon made the company a huge success and it continued to lead the Indian and world IT industry under the leadership of Murthy.

He not only helped the company in its continuous growth but also made a lot of difference in bringing an altogether different IT wave in India. This is why is aptly called as the father of Indian IT industry as he contributed a lot in pioneering outsourcing to India. It is an accepted fact that he helped the Indian economy to boom which also gained him a lot of respect and laurels from the Indian citizens as well as from a worldwide audience.

Today, Infosys is a $2 billion company and it is also the first Indian based company to be listed on NASDAQ. Narayana Murthy served as its CEO for 21 years. Infosys defines, designs and delivers IT enabled business solutions to over 2000 global companies.

Among the awards received by Narayana Murthy are the most honoured Padma Shree and also the Padma Vibhushan Award granted to him by the President of India. In the year 2001, he was also awarded the Wharton School’s Dean Medal, University of Pennsylvania.

Today, Infosys has over 64 offices and more than 60 development centers in India, US, UK, Canada, Switzerland, France, Germany, Middle East, China, Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Poland and many other countries. As on March 2011, Infosys and its subsidiaries have more than 130,820 employees. The company’s vision that it will be a globally respected corporation has indeed come true.