Infosys appoints Punita Sinha on board
In an interestingly decision, the IT major Infosys has appointed Punita Kumar Sinha, wife of Union Minister Jayant Sinha, as an Independent Director on its Board.
New Delhi : In an interestingly decision, the IT major Infosys has appointed Punita Kumar Sinha, wife of Union Minister Jayant Sinha, as an Independent Director on its Board. In a regulatory filing, India's second-largest software service exporter said it has "appointed Dr Punita Kumar Sinha as an Independent Director. The appointment is effective from January 14, 2016."
Punita is the Founder and Managing Partner, Pacific Paradigm Advisors, an independent investment advisory and management firm focused on Asia. She is also a senior advisor and serves as an independent director for several companies. Her husband is Minister of State for Finance in the Narendra Modi government.
An independent director on board of Infosys earned at least Rs 1 crore annually in sitting fee and other remuneration, according to the company's Annual Report for 2014-15. Netizens took to the twitter to criticise the appointment of wife of a politician on a day when Infosys posted stellar third quarter performance and better revenue guidance for future, beating outlook by bigger rival Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
Congress MP Rajeev Shankarrao Satav tweeted, "Infosys Appoints Punita Sinha, Wife of Jayant Sinha, as Director. Clear case of #Nepotism?" "Her Husband has a Day Job "Union Minister of State, Finance" and She is privy to Govt's Financial Policies," said one Pankaj Tiwari.