Kris Gopalakrishnan- Co- Founder; former Vice-Chairman and CEO, Infosys Technologies Limited
Senapathy ‘Kris’ Gopalakrishnan served as the Vice Chairman of Infosys from 2011 to 2014, and as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director from 2007 to 2011. Kris is one of the co-founders of Infosys.
Recognized as a global business and technology thought leader, he was voted the top CEO (IT services category) in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of Asia’s Top Executives. He was selected as one of the winners of the 2nd Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia in 2011. In 2009, Kris was also selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business thinkers. He was elected President of India’s apex industry chamber, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) during 2013 – 14, and served as one of the co-chairs of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, 2014.
In January 2011, the Government of India awarded Kris the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian honor.
He serves on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIIT Bangalore, and is also on the Board of Trustees of the Chennai Mathematical Institute.
Kris holds master’s degrees in physics and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.