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Infosys shareholders approve appointment of Salil Parekh as CEO, MD

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    New Delhi, February 23: Infosys shareholders have approved the appointment of Salil S Parekh as chief executive officer and managing director of the company, the company has said in a regulatory filing.

    Salil Parekh, Infosys CEO and MD

    As per results of postal ballot and e-voting filed by the IT major, 97.96 per cent shareholders through the physical ballot and electronic mode voted in favour of appointment of Parekh on February 20, 2018.

    Also, 99.98 per cent Infosys shareholders approved the appointment of UB Pravin Rao as chief operating officer and whole time director, the company said in a late evening filing on Thursday. Infosys had issued notice for seeking shareholders nod for both these appointments.

    In his first media interaction after the announcement of his appointment as Infosys CEO and MD in January, Parekh had said his immediate priorities would include connecting with employees and clients to build a "road map for future" that will be announced in April. For the first three months of 2018, Parekh will be paid an "initial variable pay" of Rs 2.37 crore, apart from fixed salary and other benefits.

    As per the proposal, Parekh will get an annual salary of Rs 6.5 crore (fixed pay), and will be eligible for maximum 125 per cent of the annual variable pay of Rs 9.75 crore (which comes to up to Rs 12.18 crore), subject to achievement of certain milestones. In addition, the ex-Capgemini executive will also receive Rs 3.25 crore in restricted stock units, Rs 13 crore in annual performance equity grants and a one-time equity grant of Rs 9.75 crore.

    The stock compensation will vest at various intervals during Parekh's term. Vishal Sikka -- who had quit from the CEO position in August last year after a protracted row with Infosys founders -- had drawn a total compensation, including bonus and grant of stocks, of Rs 45.11 crore in 2016-17.

    Parekh was brought on board after the abrupt resignation of Sikka, who had quit in August following a public spat with co-founders led by N R Narayana Murthy. The founders had alleged corporate governance lapses and questioned the USD 200 million Panaya acquisition under previous management while also flagging the high severance pay to former employees.

    PTI 

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