Mr. Senapathy “Kris” Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys, served as its Vice Chairman from 2011 to 2014 and as the CEO and MD from 2007 to 2011. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2011, one of the highest civilian honours in India.
Born on 5 April 1955 in Thiruvananthapuram, Gopalakrishnan went on to obtain an M.Sc. (Physics) degree and an M.Tech. (Computer Science), both from IIT – Madras, after which he started his career as a software engineer in Mumbai in 1979. In 1981, Gopalakrishnan co-founded Infosys with six other entrepreneurs. His initial years at Infosys included management of design, development, implementation and support of information systems for clients in the U.S. consumer products industry.
Kris is the chairman of the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore and Vice Chairman of the Board for Information Technology Education Standards (BITES) set up by the Government of Karnataka.
In April 2012, Kris was appointed as a member of the reconstituted United Nations Global Compact Board for three years. He was elected as the President of India’s apex industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2013-14.
Kris is a Trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation. He is the Chief Mentor of Startup Village, a technology incubator in his native Kerala state.
Kris has contributed Rs. 225 Crore (40 Million USD) to the pure sciences to develop a Centre for Brain Research at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. It’s one of the single-largest donations the 105-year-old institute has received from an individual.
Senapathy “Kris” Gopalakrishnan,