S. Gopalakrishnan (Kris), along with N.R. Narayana Murthy and five others, founded Infosys in 1981. Kris served as Director (Technical) and his initial responsibilities included the management of design, development, implementation, and support of information systems for clients in the consumer products industry in the US.
Between 1987 and 1994, Kris served as the Vice President for Technical Operations of KSA / Infosys, a joint venture between Infosys and KSA located in Atlanta, US. In 1994, he returned to India and was appointed Deputy Managing Director of Infosys. Before becoming the CEO and Managing Director in July 2007, Kris served as the company's Chief Operating Officer, President, and Joint Managing Director, responsible for customer services, technology, investments, and acquisitions. Kris served as the company’s Executive Co-Chairman between August 2011 and May 2013. He has been re-designated as the Executive Vice Chairman of the company effective June 1, 2013. Kris also holds additional responsibility for IBPO and Finacle operations.
He is a Trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation, a not-for-profit trust, set up by Infosys and some members of its Board, to spread the culture of research mainly through the Infosys Prize, an annual award across six scientific categories.
Recognized as a global business and technology thought leader, Kris was voted the top CEO (IT Services category) in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of Asia’s Top Executives and selected as one of the winners of the 2nd Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia in 2011. He was also selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business thinkers compiled by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer, in association with the IE Business School, Madrid, and the London Business School's Management Innovation Lab in 2009.
In January 2011, the Government of India awarded Kris the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian honor. He has also represented Infosys and the country in international forums such as: The Indo-US CEO Council; President’s Council of New York Academy of Sciences; and the UNESCO High-Level Panel on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality. Kris was also the Chairman of The Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012 (BASD), a coalition of international business groups committed to sustainable development.
In April 2012, Kris was appointed as a member of the reconstituted United Nations Global Compact Board for three years. The Global Compact Board is the UN’s highest level advisory body, involving business, civil society, labor, and employers organizations. He is also a member of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) International Advisory Board and Fudan University School of Management International Advisory Board. Both CEIBS and Fudan University School of Management are prestigious business schools in China and the Asia region.
Kris served as the President of CII for FY14. He is on the Board of Governors at the Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bangalore, and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M). He is also the Chairman of International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-B) Bangalore and a member of ACM, IEEE, and IEEE Computer Society.
Kris holds master's degrees in physics and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.