24 Facts About Kris Gopalakrishnan


Senapathy "Kris" Gopalakrishnan is an Indian billionaire businessman who is recognized as a global business and technology thought leader for his role in growing the IT services industry worldwide.


Kris Gopalakrishnan co-founded Infosys, where he served as the chief executive officer and managing director from 2007 to 2011, and as vice chairman from 2011 to 2014.


Kris Gopalakrishnan has been on the board of trustees for the Infosys Science Foundation from 2009, and currently serves as the President of the Board.


Kris Gopalakrishnan was voted the top CEO in Institutional Investor's inaugural ranking of Asia's Top Executives and selected as one of the winners of the second Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia in 2011.


Kris Gopalakrishnan was selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business thinkers, in 2009.


Kris Gopalakrishnan is the chairman of Axilor Ventures, an early stage startup accelerator and venture fund.


Kris Gopalakrishnan is the chairman of itihaasa Research and Digital, a not-for-profit think-tank focused on the evolution of technology domains in India.


Kris Gopalakrishnan serves on the Board of Governors of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology and is the chairman, Board of Governors of IIIT, Bangalore.


Kris Gopalakrishnan is the chairman of the Vision Group on Information Technology of Karnataka Government and the chairman of CII Centre of Excellence for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Start-ups.


Kris Gopalakrishnan was born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 5 April 1955.


Kris Gopalakrishnan studied at the Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School.


Kris Gopalakrishnan obtained an MSc in 1977 and MTech in 1979, both from IIT, Madras.


Kris Gopalakrishnan started his career as a software engineer with Patni Computer Systems, Mumbai, in 1979.


In 2007, Gopalakrishnan took over as CEO and managing director of Infosys Technologies Limited.


Kris Gopalakrishnan's responsibilities included customer services, technology, investments and acquisitions.


Kris Gopalakrishnan was later appointed executive vice-chairman of Infosys's board.


Kris Gopalakrishnan served as non-executive vice chairman of Infosys's board from 14 June till 10 October 2014.


In 2014 Gopalakrishnan co-founded Axilor Ventures, an early stage startup accelerator and venture fund.


In 2016, Kris Gopalakrishnan founded itihaasa Research and Digital, a think-tank focused on the evolution of technology domains in India such as AI, brain sciences and digital transformation.


Kris Gopalakrishnan is the donor of the largest philanthropic gift ever received by the 105-year-old institute from an individual.


Kris Gopalakrishnan is chairing the governing board of India's INR 3,660 crore National Mission on Cyber-Physical System Technologies which is overseeing the establishment of 25 hubs related to CPS and allied technologies.


Kris Gopalakrishnan has furthered Ageing research in India through the Srinivasapura Aging Neuro Senescence and Cognition Study, and GenomeIndia, a pan-India initiative focused on Whole Genome Sequencing of 10,000 individuals from representative populations across India.


Kris Gopalakrishnan is supporting the Accelerator Program for Discovery in Brain Disorders using Stem Cells at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, Karnataka.


Kris Gopalakrishnan is on the Board of Swasth Digital Health Foundation, a not-for-profit consortium charting an innovative healthcare model in India.