[AI] Indian IT firms going global, even in boardrooms

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Tue Feb 12 07:58:53 EST 2008


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Indian IT firms going global, even in boardrooms 

New Delhi (PTI): It's not just the business where Indian IT companies are expanding to the global shores, even their boardrooms are getting an international
flavour. 

A dozen of Indian IT firms, including giants like Infosys, TCS and HCL Technologies, have a minimum one foreigner sitting on their boards, according to
an analysis of their board of directors compositions. 

Other major firms in IT space with non-resident Indians as their directors include Mahindra group's Tech Mahindra, Patni Computer, iGate, iFlex, Mphasis
and Moser Baer. 

Besides, BPO majors Genpact, WNS and EXL Service also have one or more foreigners as their board members. 

According to industry experts, having people with significant experience in the global markets, even if as independent directors, helps a company establish
a global brand value and it becomes more relevant for IT companies whose most of the revenue come from overseas markets. 

A number of these companies, although having most of their operations in India, are also listed in the US. Such companies include Infosys, Patni, Genpact,
WNS and EXL. 

"Infosys is a truly global Indian company.....we became the first company to get listed on the Nasdaq in 2006," Infosys co-Chairman and founding member
Nandan Nilekani said on the sidelines of a conference here. 

According to Infosys, its board consists of senior officers of the company, as well as external members who are "global leaders with high achievements in
business and society." 

"Infosys board brings together a team of technology, business and social visionaries who provide direction to Infosys' executive management in a dynamic
economic and business environment," the company says on its website. 
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