Mohandas Pai fell to own policy: Narayana Murthy
But that is not the end of the story. N R Narayana Murthy, Infosys chairman and chief mentor, today said Pai, though on a par with S D Shibulal in all respects, fell to his own 'policy' that gave preference to duration of tenure in the company. Shibulal was yesterday named the next CEO.
In an interview to Business Standard, Murthy, who co-founded Infosys with six others in 1981, said Pai lost to Shibulal because of an HR module for career progression that he himself had created. He said while Pai was a contender for the CEO's post, Shibulal had been with the company for a longer period.
"We have a programme, iRace, which is an HR module for promotions and growth. In that, we have clearly said that with other things remaining equal, the person who has had a longer tenure will be promoted. This system was championed by the director-in-charge of HR (Pai). So, I am not saying anything that is different," he said.
"If there are two people who are as capable as each other, how will you choose one of them? Both are equal in all respects. So, you have to choose the experienced one, and that's what we have done," he said.
Murthy said the fact that Pai questioned the selection process reflected that "we all lose our rational thinking and make emotional statements at times".
"We must be very kind to him (Pai) because at times we all lose our rational thinking and make an emotional statement. After all, we have to be very kind and forgiving," he said.
Murthy said the selection process was transparent and Jeff Lehman, the selection committee chief, made this clear yesterday. "Yes, of course, the CEO selection process was quite transparent and Jeff Lehman clarified about this. That's the end of it," he said.