Kris Gopalakrishnan

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Senapathy "Kris" Gopalakrishnan
Kris Gopalakrishnan - World Economic Forum on India 2012.jpg
Gopalakrishnan at the World Economic Forum on India in 2012
Born (1955-04-05) 5 April 1955 (age 63)
Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, India
Education M.Sc. (Physics)
M. Tech. (Computer Science)
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Occupation Executive vice chairman, Infosys
Years active 1981 – 2014
Net worth Decrease US$1.2 billion (March 2013)[1]

Senapathy Gopalakrishnan, popularly known as Kris Gopalakrishnan, is Chairman of Axilor Ventures, a company supporting and funding startups, was former executive vice chairman (former co-chairman) of Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company based in India. He is also one of its seven founders.[2] He was elected as the president of India's apex industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industry for the year 2013-14.

Early days[edit]

Gopalakrishnan was born in Thiruvanathapuram on April 5, 1955. He spent his school days in Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala.

Gopalakrishnan obtained an M.Sc. (physics) in 1977 and M.Tech. (computer science) in 1979, both from IIT, Madras. He started his career as a software engineer with Patni Computer Systems, 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. From 1987 to 1994, Gopalakrishnan headed the technical operations of KSA/Infosys (a joint venture between Infosys and KSA in Atlanta, Georgia).

In 2007, Gopalakrishnan took over as CEO and managing director of Infosys Technologies Limited from Nandan Nilekani. During his 4-year tenure, Infosys' topline doubled to $6 billion. Gopalakrishnan previously served as chief operating officer (since April 2002), and as the president and joint managing director (since August 2006). His responsibilities included customer services, technology, investments and acquisitions. In August 2011, he handed over the responsibility of CEO and MD to his colleague and another co-founder of Infosys, S D Shibulal. He was later appointed executive vice-chairman of Infosys's board. He served as non-executive vice chairman of Infosys's board from June 14 till October 10, 2014.[3]

Other work[edit]

In 2014 Gopalakrishnan co-founded Axilor Ventures, a venture capital platform for young entrepreneurs.[4][5][6][7] On March 8, 2016 Gopalakrishnan launched the 5th edition of IBETO hosted every year by Govt. Model Engineering College, Kochi.[8]

Kris Gopalakrishnan speaking at a college function.

He was also a keynote speaker at Consilience 2013, organised by National Law School of India University, Bengaluru on Legal Aspects of Cloud Computing.[9]


Gopalakrishnan 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. He was named as non-executive chairman of Jetsynthesys, a digital company headed by Rajan Navani [10] In April 2012, Gopalakrishnan was appointed as a member of the reconstituted United Nations Global Compact Board for three years. On 5 April 2013 he was elected as the president of the industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2013–14. He is a trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation and a member of ACM, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society, as well as the chief mentor of Startup Village.[11]


In 2011, Government of India awarded him with Padma Bhushan which is India's third highest civilian honor.[12]


Gopalakrishnan has contributed Rs. 225 Crore (US$40 million) to develop a Centre for Brain Research at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. He is also one of the single-largest donors to the 105-year-old institute ever received from an individual.[13]