Dr Sikka is the first person outside the group of founders appointed to CEO’s position in Infosys’ three decade-old history. He is the first Infosys CEO to operate out of California. Dr Sikka previously worked at German enterprise solutions provider SAP, which he joined in 2002. Five years later, he was named the first chief technology officer of the company and was responsible for all SAP products and innovation.
Over the past few months, Indian IT companies have faced closer scrutiny and tighter visa norms in the US, a market that accounts for nearly 60 per cent of India's IT exports. With rising protectionism across markets like Singapore and Australia, companies are beginning to adjust their business models to reduce their dependence on visas and hiring more locals instead. The tightening of visa norms not only pushes up operational costs for these tech firms but also makes a movement of skilled workforce difficult.