Mr. Narayan Murthy


Mr. Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy, commonly referred to as Narayan Murthy was born on 20 August 1946, in Sidlaghatta, Karnataka, in a middle-class family. Mr. Narayana attended a government school and pursued his B.Tech degree from the University of Mysore and Masters from IIT Kanpur in 1969.


Mr. Murthy started his career at IIM Ahmedabad as the chief systems programmer. He started a company named Softronics. When that company failed after about a year and a half, he joined Patni Computer Systems in Pune. Blessed with a brilliant mind and astute business sense Mr. Murthy and six software professionals founded Infosys in 1981 with an initial capital injection of Rs 10,000, which was provided by his wife Sudha Murthy. Infosys is a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore, Mr. Murthy served as the CEO of Infosys during 1981 - 2002, as the Chairman and Chief Mentor during 1981 - 2011, and as the Chairman Emeritus during August 2011 - May 2013. Under his leadership, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999. Mr. Murthy 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. He is an IT advisor to several Asian countries.

In 1996, it started its office in Europe, Milton Keynes, UK and it was selected as the "The India's Most Respected Company" by the Business World Survey in 2002. Now, Infosys and its subsidiaries have 130,820 employees.

Mr. Murthy serves as an independent director on the corporate board of HSBC and has served as a director on the boards of DBS Bank, Unilever, ICICI and NDTV. He also serves as a member of the advisory boards and councils of several educational and philanthropic institutions, including Cornell University, INSEAD, ESSEC, Ford Foundation, the UN Foundation, the Indo-British Partnership, Asian Institute of Management, a trustee of the Infosys Prize, a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and as a trustee of the Rhodes Trust. He is also Chairman of the Governing board of Public Health Foundation of India. He serves on the Asia Pacific Advisory Board of British Telecommunications. In 2005 he co-chaired the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Mr. Murthy created Narayana R Murthy Foundation at IIT Kanpur. Under this foundation we have several activities. A support is given to 13 Academic Departments and 5 IDPs every year and 2 new faculty members in CSE Dept are given initiation grant. This foundation also provides support for hostel renovation, CSE Building maintenance, Research I Foundation which supports various initiatives of CSE Dept and also provides fellowship to PhD students in the name of Infosys Fellowship.

Mr. Murthy was conferred with the IIT Kanpur's Distinguished Alumnus Award for creating and building an outstanding entrepreneurial venture putting India on the international software map.

Achievements and Honors

  • The 'Pathbreaker of the Year' Award, 2014.
  • Philanthropist of the Year, 2013.
  • 25 Greatest Global Indian Living Legends, 2013.
  • Hoover Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2012.
  • Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India, 2008.
  • Officer of the Legion of Honor by the Government of France, 2008.
  • Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of The Year, 2003.
  • Padma Shri by the Government of India, 2000.
  • Under his leadership, Infosys became the first Indian company to be listed on the Nasdaq. It also became the first listed Indian company with revenue of $1 billion a year.
  • Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1998 by IIT Kanpur

Contributions to IITK

  • Narayana R Murthy Foundation
  • Corpus for Academic Departments (15 Depts.)
  • Initiation Grant for New Faculty in CSE
  • Hostel Renovation, H.R. Khadim Diwan Building, VFA, 4 I labs
  • Research I Foundation ( For various initiatives of CSE Deptt.)
  • CSE Building Maintenance Fund
  • Infosys Fellowship (Ph.D Fellowship in CSE)
  • N Rama Rao Chair