Lufthansa Boeing 747-8
I write this onboard a beautiful Lufthansa Boeing 747-8, the latest incarnation of the magnificent plane that was born around the same time I was, and has evolved through these decades in a timeless manner (indeed when I envisioned timeless software, the 747 was one of my examples and inspirations, and that was before the 747-8!). It makes me even more proud that a brilliant team of Infoscions helped design many key parts and systems of this amazing machine, as Kent Johnson, then design chief, shared with our clients and partners at our Confluence event in April. It is International Yoga Day today, and as the PM has so eloquently stated, a great way for us to look after our health and well-being, and to bring a focus and purpose, a "yog", to our endeavors. It is also Father's day. A day to celebrate our dads, our children, and our greater responsibilities, in nurturing our children's potential and in living up to our dad's dreams for us. I am especially missing being at home today.
I'm on my way to Bangalore for our AGM, and reflecting on journeys, their beginnings and ends. Mr. Kamath, my mentor and (now former) Infosys Chairman, and a key influence in my joining Infosys, stepped down to take over as the first President of the BRICS New Development Bank. He is an amazing man, a natural leader, a unique combination of spirituality and practicality, of great vision and dreams, and great execution and discipline. As happy as I am to see him lead this great new institution for humanity, I will really miss him. And Mr. R Seshasayee took over as our chairman from him. In the last year that I've interacted with him, Sesh has become a mentor to me, a learned and balanced voice of reason, diligence, vast experience, deep rooted humanity, and of utmost integrity. I'm looking fwd to working with him. A week or so ago, the Glassdoor ratings were published, and a website/service that I didn't know existed, reported that employees had rated me one of the top 50 CEOs. And a few days before that, in Bangalore, I had an opportunity to join a gathering of 6200+ leaders of our company's delivery organization, our lifeblood, to review an important initiative we started, called Zero Distance, that aims to bring innovation to every ongoing project in the company. And it was an incredibly inspiring session, a memorable moment.
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