M.D. Ranganath, chief financial officer of Infosys Ltd., reacts during a news conference at the company’s headquarters in Bangalore, India. (Photographer: Namas Bhojani/Bloomberg)

Infosys CFO Ranganath To Move To The U.S. 

Information technology services major Infosys will relocate its Chief Financial Officer M D Ranganath to the U.S. – its largest market – and has also revised his compensation package.

Based on the recommendation of Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the board of directors has approved a revision to his salary, the company said in an exchange filing. Ranganath's salary will comprise a fixed pay of $ 0.69 million (Rs 4.44 crore) and a variable compensation of up to $ 0.56 million (Rs 3.6 crore), effective July 1, 2017.

In line with the executive compensation policy, he would also be eligible for stock incentives as may be decided by the Nomination and Remuneration committee from time to time based on performance.

According to Infosys' annual report, Ranganath received a compensation of Rs 9.24 crore, which included Rs 2.84 crore in fixed pay, Rs 1.80 crore in bonus and incentives and Rs 4.5 crore in performance-based stock incentives in 2016-17.

Ranga and I work very close. In my early days for 5-6 quarters, Ranga was in the U.S. and we used to work together and we want to get some of that back.
Vishal Sikka, CEO, Infosys

He highlighted that the company is aggressively expanding its workforce and setting up new centres in the U.S., a market that accounted for over 60 per cent of the IT major's $2.65 billion revenue in the April-June 2017 quarter.

"... there is a significant transformation happening (in the U.S.) and the nature of this transformation is quite different, so I need Ranga close in the U.S. and that is why he is moving back," Sikka said.

In May, the Bengaluru-based firm had announced its commitment to hire 10,000 locals for its U.S. operations in the next two years as well as setting up four hubs.
The first hub is being set up in Indiana that will hire 2,000 American workers by 2021 and a similar number of jobs will be created at the North Carolina hub.
Of the stated goal of 10,000 people, Infosys has already hired 600.

While many believe that the announcement was made in attempts to woo the Donald Trump administration in the U.S., Sikka said it has more to do with the changing business environment.

"It is not so much motivated by visa (issues) as it is (by) changing nature of work and nature of services... If you look at the American companies, we are in the throes of massive digital transformation. The kinds of services, the capabilities that businesses need, are all about being close by (to the customer)," he explained.

The U.S. government has been critical of outsourcing firms for "unfairly" taking jobs away from U.S. workers. In the past, it accused Infosys and its larger rival, Tata Consultancy Services, of "unfairly" cornering the lion's share of the H-1B work visas.