Old habits never die. That was the predominant sentiment on social networking site for work professionals, LinkedIn. Phaneesh Murthy's sacking had professionals debating sexual harassment laws, the role the former CEO played in restructuring iGate and his previous sacking at Infosys.
“The other Murthy shames Indian IT again after digesting a lawsuit in the US while working with Infosys run by the original Mr Murthy and his team!” LinkedIn user Santosh Singh posted.
He added: Somethings never change; otherwise a brilliant chap who charted off-road courses and it was said he was Narayana Murthy's 'blue-eyed' boy once! Time changed for Phaneesh Murthy as he was shown the door by an enterprise that he founded and led very well!
A business unit director, pharma company, Hiroo Mirchandani wrote: Shocking that companies hire people with a record of sexual harassment. Hope cases like this will make companies amend their hiring policies.
There were some debates as well. HR professional Lakshita Gaur Malara wrote (sic): ...These kind of people do not deserve to be the CEOs. Stagnating the pool as well the position...”
In response, Somnath Majumder, a Bangalore-based AVP said: You cannot make such comments...he deserved to be a CEO as he set up iGate from scratch and developed a very large a diverse organisation....one incident cannot make him a incapable CEO.
And finally there were some who decided to give Murthy some career advice. Delhi-based Omar Farooq, CEO at AceProHR posted: Career advice for Phaneesh Murthy- join the Parliament - More Compensation - More Power - No one sacks you for five years at least and if you play your cards right- - No one sacks you after 5 years also