Infosys CEO Salil Parekh told employees in his first address that each one of them has an important role to play in today’s world of unceasing technological disturbances, and that this could be done by reskilling themselves.Parekh joined Infosys on Tuesday. He said in the video address that he met a few “exceptional Infoscions” in the morning and promised to work together to fast-track the change that is reshaping the Indian IT industry. “I’m excited to lead the company on its path of helping clients digitally reinvent themselves for sustained business growth,” he said.
“We will work together to accelerate our transformations,” the former Capgemini executive said.
Reskilling has become the catchword in the IT industry as mechanization makes a number of entry-level jobs dismissed and as demand rises for skills in a host of new fields — cloud, machine learning, artificial intelligence, internet-of-things and blockchain.
Former CEO Vishal Sikka had similarly urged employees last year to embrace automation and be advanced to survive the rapid and disruptive changes in the world of technology or else be “made obsolete by the tidal wave of automation and technology-fueledrenovation”.
Parekh, on his first day at the campus at Electronic City, interacted with a few employees. Some managed to get selfies with their new boss. “All the best wishes, Salil,” co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan tweeted on Tuesday.”He is an insider. He knows how to respect and treat people well,” a press agency reported former Infosys chief financial officer TV Mohandas Pai as saying, an apparent dig at Sikka, who had major issues with some of the founders.
For Salil Parekh, who has come on board for a tenure of five years, top priorities would include bringing back focus to revenue growth and business strategy.His role will also be challenging considering that Infosys is trying to put behind the almost year-long public standoff between Infosys’ high-profile promoters and the past leadership.