IT major Infosys has appointed former Salesforce executive Chitra Nayak as an independent director. Her appointment is effective March 25, 2021 and is based on the recommendation of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Infosys Board, said a regulatory filing.
The appointment is for a period of three years, subject to the approval of shareholders, it added.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Lead Independent Director and Chairperson of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee at Infosys, stated, “Chitra Nayak brings Silicon Valley experience and expertise, that will provide valuable insights as Infosys pivots its service offerings in consulting and digital solutions to help businesses in their strategic intent of digital transformation.”
Nayak comes with over 25 years of professional experience in go-to-market, general management, and operations leadership roles at various organizations. She currently serves as a member of the board at Invitae, a medical genetics company; at Morneau Shepell, a tech-enabled HR services company; at Forward Air, a freight and logistics company; and at Intercom, a messaging platform company, the filing said.
In addition, she also advises startups on go-to-market strategies.
In her most recent role, she was the Chief Operating Officer (COO), overseeing the go-to-market strategy at Comfy, a real-estate tech startup. Prior to that, Nayak was COO at Funding Circle, an online SMB lending marketplace. She has held leadership roles at Salesforce for eight years, as COO, Platform, and Senior VP, Global Sales Development, and is the co-founder of Neythri.org that supports South Asian professional women.
Nayak also brings in a deep understanding of ESG through her thought leadership and engagement with several forums that are focused on diversity, inclusion, and climate change. Nayak’s experience will be a huge asset to the firm as Infosys helps more businesses to transform digitally in the coming times.