Infosys' Pradhan to go back to the startup world

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jul 10, 2013

InfosysBasab Pradhan

“Leaving Infosys to go back to the start-up world,” tweets VP and head of global sales and marketing at Infosys, Basab Pradhan, who resigned from the organization to set up his own venture. This is the second time the senior executive has bid goodbye to Infosys to embark on his new entrepreneurial journey, generating curiosity in the corporate world on what would be his next move.

Pradhan took over as Global Sales Head of Infosys in July 2002, when the then Infosys director and global sales head Phaneesh Murthy resigned from the company. Reportedly, in 2005, Pradhan had left Infosys to set up a venture capital funded technology start-up called Gridstone Research with some of his former colleagues, which was into financial data analysis. It was acquired in 2010 and he rejoined Infosys in June 2011 to drive the global sales and marketing at the technology firm.

Pradhan has played multiple roles at the Bangalore-headquartered IT company across sales, marketing, industry solutions and P&L leadership. From starting the company’s first sales office in New York in 1995, he has been involved in the formation and growth of the offshore services model. During his stint as the head of global sales, the company grew from $400 million to $2 billion. His return to Infosys was perceived as key to drive its 3.0 strategy, as a part of which the company was trying to position itself as a global consulting major.

The report of his resignation comes just ahead of the company’s first quarter results announcement on Friday. This is also the first high-profile exit from Infosys after its co-founder N R Narayana Murthy returned as the executive chairman last month. The exit was also atypical because this was for the first time that any senior official from Infosys has announced his departure through a microblogging site.

An engineering graduate of IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, Pradhan had worked with Hindustan Unilever in Mumbai prior to joining Infosys. He has also co-authored a book on Indian Offshore Industry titled Offshore: How India Got Back On The Global Business Map with Gaurav Rastogi in 2011. We wonder what his next move would be in the world of business and wish him all the best for his new venture.