Vandana Sikka, wife of former Infosys chief executive officer Vishal Sikka, Aug. 29 resigned as chairperson of Infosys Foundation USA, the software company said.
Sikka’s Aug. 29 resignation comes just days following her husband’s exodus from the company. Indian American executive Vishal Sikka resigned from the company’s CEO post Aug. 17 and then the executive vice chairman seat Aug. 24. He had joined Infosys in 2014.
Said Vandana Sikka in a blog post on Medium, “As I reflect on the last 2.5 years of my journey leading Infosys Foundation USA, I feel an immense sense of pride and joy at what we have accomplished,” Sikka wrote. “Today, I am writing this email to let you know that I have decided to move on from my role as the chairperson of Infosys Foundation USA,” she added.
The former foundation chair went on to say that, “no matter where I go, I am certain that I will continue to champion the same efforts that I have throughout this journey.”
In a statement, Infosys said, “We thank Vandana Sikka as she decides to move on from the organization. We acknowledge her contribution in leading the foundation’s initiatives over the last two years and five months.”
The Foundation’s U.S. arm, Vandana Sikka wrote, remains in good hands and will continue to focus on its mission to inspire children, young adults and educators to become creators of technology.
After months of a war of words between the founders and the management at IT major Infosys, CEO Vishal Sikka submitted his resignation earlier in August.
Vishal Sikka also suggested that the work at Infosys was suffering due to the mood that had been created by the constant criticisms against him, according to a Business Times report.
“This continuous drumbeat of distractions and negativity over the last several months/quarters, inhibits our ability to make positive change and stay focused on value creation. Addressing the noise by itself is damaging; hundreds of hours of my own time has gone into this recently,” Sikka wrote in his resignation letter.
“I now need to move forward, and return to an environment of respect, trust and empowerment, where I can take on new lofty challenges, as can each of you,” Sikka added in his letter.
Since Sikka came to the helm of Infosys on Aug. 1, 2014, shares of the company have jumped more than 20 percent, CNBC reported. Upon hearing his resignation, shares fell more than 13 percent to a three-year low, the report noted.