Narayan Murthy- A name synonymous with integrity, shear intelligence and wisdom. Despite being at the helm of India's one of the most powerful companies (I remember Vladimir Putin, then Russian head of the state, going to Infosys campus at Bangalore and meeting him to request to set-up a center in Russia also, and then the Chinese premier going to meet him, and not the other way round, that he goes to meet them when they visit India!), Murthy has remained an utterly down-to-earth man, following principles of righteousness to the very root. Although many industrialists have achieved success by adopting every possible- right or wrong- mean, I admire Narayan Murthy, Azeem Premji and Ratan Tata (yes, still) very much for their achieving success following a path of truth and exemplary honesty and concern for the customer.
Here's an excerpt from Murthy's last address to Infosys this week as he retires, and what a moment of time he picks down his memory lane to sum-up his success in the last line!!
"It is not easy for me to deliver my last address at this forum. As I speak, a mosaic of images from the past whizz through my mind. The list seems endless, and it would be difficult to narrate them all. The day we assembled in my tiny apartment in Mumbai to decide that respect from every shareholder was the most valuable thing for us, was momentous."
P.S.: Here's another post by me on Premji's thoughts on education.