Infosys co-founder Pai criticizes falling back on senior talent

Former CFO T. V Mohandas Pai says Infosys should allow younger talent to take the firm forward instead of falling back on seniors, following its recent recall of N. R. Narayana Murthy out of retirement to revive its fortunes.
Written by Mahesh Sharma, Correspondent

Infosys co-founder T. V. Mohandas Pai said the outsourcing giant should focus on empowering younger talent to lead its future and warned of overdepending on seniors to do so.

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Former Infosys CFO T. V. Mohandas Pai

The former Infosys chief financial officer Pai, who currently chairs Manipal Global Education, said that moves to recall seniors like himself would not make a difference and simply frustrate youngsters working in the organization, according to a report in The Economic Times on Tuesday.
This follows reports that N. R. Narayana Murthy who was recalled back from retirement to be executive chairman--a position he resigned from in 2011--had approached Pai and another co-founder, Nandan Nilekani, to rejoin him.

"Whatever the problems the government and the private sector face, youth should be given power," said Pai.

He added the organization should follow the lead of India's world champion cricket team and replace ageing veterans with young firebrands. "The senior cricketers are not playing for India anymore. They have retired (from One Day Internationals). The young players have taken over the mantle to take the Indian team forward. They are batting, bowling and fielding well. Likewise, young Infoscions should be given the responsibility to take brighten the company's prospects," Pai said.

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