Infosys COO to Open the NASDAQ Stock Market on March 11
Event Marks Half-Decade on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange
Bangalore, March 11, 2004: To celebrate its five - year anniversary as a publicly traded company on NASDAQ, S. Gopalakrishnan, Chief Operating Officer of Infosys Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: INFY), will open the NASDAQ Stock Market today at 8:00pm IST. The event will recognize Infosys as the first Indian - registered company to achieve this milestone on NASDAQ.
“Our listing on NASDAQ was a momentous as well as memorable occasion. Looking back, it was a proud moment for all of us at Infosys. This played a critical role in Infosys emerging as a global IT leader, attracting the best talent, building a global presence and instilling a high degree of confidence and comfort among our customers,” said Nandan Nilekani, CEO, President and Managing Director, Infosys Technologies Ltd.
“A good part of the last five years has been challenging not just for Infosys, but for the global economy. However, our ability to reinvent ourselves has enabled us to deal with the increased expectations from our customers, the fast changing economy and a competitive scenario where the rules of the games are changing constantly. We also believe that our enhanced focus on vertical markets will enable us to combine three key attributes - business solutions, technology, and global delivery – in a manner that will set a benchmark for the global industry,” he added.
The company has grown rapidly to an employee base of 21,000 - plus professionals representing 33 nationalities in more than 30 offices across the world. From US $121 million in 1999, Infosys will end this fiscal touching the billion - dollar mark. Infosys today has a market capitalization of more than US $12 billion, an increase of US $9 billion from US $3 billion at the time of listing on NASDAQ in 1999.
“Infosys paved the way for Indian companies to list on NASDAQ. They have had an impressive run and have the distinction of becoming the first Indian company not only to list on NASDAQ but also to complete a Secondary Conversion of Domestic Shares into American Depository Shares. We have been witness to Infosys’ evolution and are proud to say it has been impressive by international standards,” said Ghanshyam Dass, Director - South Asia, NASDAQ.