For the first time in the history of 30+ years of Infosys, a non-founder will be the CEO of the company which put India on the world map of global IT.
Sikka considered his appointment with a sense of pride and humility. Sikka's mother was a teacher and his father a railway engineer. With his modest background, his elevation to the CEO of the global IT behemoth is a reflection of aspirations of each and every Indian.
Born in Madhya Pradesh to Punjabi parents, Sikka was brought up in Gujrat. Sikka's wife calls him a "Fake Punjabi". In his first press conference as the Infy CEO designate, Sikka received wide spread appreciation from NRN, Shibu, Kris and the Board of Infosys.
Infy is 33 years old today. With Sikka leading Infy into the second part of a century, he carries the weight of aspirations of 160 thousand plus employees, and dreams of a industry. His appointment is bound to raise the alarm bells among the competitors.