Wipro in 2005: Vivek Paul's Resignation & Beyond

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Case Code : BSTA138
Case Length : 10 Pages
Period : 1999-2005
Organization : Wipro
Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : India
Industry : IT (information technology) services

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"Allan Border led the Aussies from strength to strength, and then Mark Taylor and then Steve Waugh... but if you like cricket you equally value the contribution of Warne, Hayden, McDermott, McGrath, Marsh and many others; each one of them was invaluable. The Aussie juggernaut didn't stop when Border retired. Wipro is a juggernaut you can't stop; we will all miss Vivek, as we miss Border."

- Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro.1


On the 5th of May 2005, Wipro vice-chairman Vivek Paul walked into the office of Wipro executive vice-president (human resources), Pratik Kumar for a confidential discussion. When Kumar informed chairman Azim Premji about the discussion, it seemed as though Premji was aware of what was going on in Paul's mind. On the 29th of June, Paul formally put in his papers from the US.

The following day, Wipro made an official announcement that Paul was leaving. A.L. Rao, president (telecom solutions), would become the chief operating officer. The same day, Premji sent out an internal memo to all employees acknowledging Paul's contribution to Wipro.

In the memo, he announced the setting up of two task forces - one under Ranjan Acharya, vice-president (corporate HRD), to look at leadership issues and the other under Sudip Nandy, chief strategy officer and Girish Paranjpe, president (finance solutions) to assess Wipro's future strategy...

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1] Babu, Venkatesha and Rahul, Sachitanand. "Azim Premji, CEO, Wipro," Business Today, 31st July 2005.


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