N.R. Narayana Murthy

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Narayana Murthy at annual general meeting of Infosys

N.R. Narayana Murthy is an Indian Coroporate Leader, software engineer and the founder of Infosys.

Born into a south Indian family, in Mysore, Karnataka, India, on August 20, 1946, he graduated in electrical engineering from National Institute of Engineering,Mysore in 1967 and got his master's degree from IIT Kanpur in 1969. He secured rank at both places.

He began his career with Patni Computer Systems at Pune. He met his to-be wife Sudha, who was working as a Research Associate with Tatas at Pune. Sudha Murthy, who by herself, has a brilliant Academic and career record, is from Mangalore, Karnataka. In 1981, he founded Infosys with six software professionals. He served as President of National Association of Software and Service Companies, India from 1992 to 1994.


Mr. Murthy served as CEO of Infosys for twenty years, handing over the reins to a fellow co-founder Nandan Nilekani in March 2002. In 1999, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ (INFY). He is the chairman of the governing body of both the Indian Institute of Information Technology - Bangalore, and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad . In addition, he is a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Cornell University Board of Trustees, Singapore Management University Board of Trustees and the Board of Advisors for the William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership at the Tuck School of Business.

Mr. Murthy serves as an independent director on the board of the DBS Bank, Singapore, the largest government-owned bank in Singapore. He also serves as a director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India, as the co-chairman of the Indo-British Partnership, as a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry, as a member of the Asia Advisory Board of British Telecommunications plc., and as a member of the Board of NDTV, India. He is an IT advisor to several Asian countries.

Mr. Murthy has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He was the first recipient of the Indo-French Forum Medal (in the year 2003), awarded by the Indo-French Forum, in recognition of his role in promoting Indo-French ties. He was voted the World Entrepreneur of the Year - 2003 by Ernst & Young. He was one of the two people named as Asia's Businessmen of the Year for 2003 by Fortune magazine. In 2001 , he was named by TIME / CNN as one of the twenty-five, most influential global executives, a group selected for their lasting influence in creating new industries and reshaping markets. He was awarded the Max Schmidheiny Liberty 2001 prize ( Switzerland), in recognition of his promotion of individual responsibility and liberty . In 1999, BusinessWeek named him one of the nine entrepreneurs of the year and he was also featured in the BusinessWeek's 'The Stars of Asia' (for three successive years - 1998, 1999 and 2000) . In 1998, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, one of the premier institutes of higher learning in India, conferred on him the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and in 1996-97, he was awarded the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award.

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