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Infosys global sales head Basab Pradhan leaves company

Pradhan to start his own venture
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First Published: Tue, Jul 09 2013. 07 36 PM IST
The announcement comes three days before Infosys announces its closely watched June-quarter results. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
The announcement comes three days before Infosys announces its closely watched June-quarter results. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
Updated: Wed, Jul 10 2013. 03 47 PM IST
Bangalore: Basab Pradhan, global head of sales at India’s second-largest software exporter Infosys Ltd, has resigned to start his own venture, he announced on microblogging website Twitter on Tuesday.
The announcement comes three days before Infosys announces its closely watched June-quarter results.
“Leaving Infosys to go back to the startup world. To all my friends at Infosys—please stay in touch,” Pradhan wrote on Twitter (@basabp).
Infosys confirmed in an emailed statement that Pradhan had resigned but did not give any information on his successor.
Pradhan, who was a member of Infosys’ executive council and had previously worked with Hindustan Unilever Ltd, previously co-founded a technology startup called Gridstone Research that analysed unstructured financial data.
Pradhan joined Infosys in 1994 but quit in 2005 to start Gridstone, and rejoined the company in 2011.
As global head of sales at Infosys, Pradhan oversaw more than $2 billion worth of business and opened the company’s first sales office in New York in 1995.
Pradhan graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. In 2011, with colleague Gaurav Rastogi, Pradhan co-authored the book: Offshore: How India got Back on the Global Business Map.
Last month, Infosys brought back its most famous co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy out of retirement to turn around its fortunes, nearly seven years after he had stepped down from all executive roles.
On 15 June, at his first annual shareholders meeting after returning as executive chairman, Murthy had said the company would focus on strengthening its global sales team and winning large outsourcing contracts, adding that the process of turning around Infosys would require three years and some tough decisions.
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