NR Narayana Murthy
Founder, Infosys, India
NR Narayana Murthy is the founder of Infosys, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore, India. He served as the CEO of Infosys from 1981 to 2002, as the Chairman and Chief Mentor from 1981 to 2011, and as the Chairman Emeritus from August 2011 to May 2013. Under his leadership, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999.
Narayana 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 and is an IT advisor to several Asian countries.
He serves on the boards of Ford Foundation, United Nations Foundation, Rhodes Trust and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He has served as a member of the HSBC board and the Unilever board besides Cornell University, Wharton School, and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He has also served as the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Narayana is ranked among the top 10 of the Financial Times’ list of “Business pioneers in technology”, published in March 2015. In 2014, he was ranked 13th among CNBC’s 25 global business leaders who have made maximum impact on society during the last 25 years. He was listed among the ‘12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time’, by the Fortune magazine in 2012. The Economist ranked him among the 10 most-admired global business leaders in 2005. He has been awarded the Legion d’honneur by the Government of France, the CBE by the British government and the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India.
He has authored a book, A Better India, A Better World published in 2010 which draws on the remarkable Infosys story and the lessons learnt from the two decades of post-reform India.