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TCS CEO Krithivasan's Compensation: Big Payday, But Not a Record Breaker

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) CEO K Krithivasan's first-year compensation package revealed, totaling Rs 25.2 crore. While substantial, it falls short of his predecessor's earnings.

TCS CEO Krithivasan's Compensation: Big Payday, But Not a Record Breaker

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading Indian multinational IT services company, recently unveiled its annual report, sparking curiosity about CEO compensation. The report revealed that K Krithivasan, who assumed leadership in June 2023, received a total compensation package of Rs 25.2 crore for the financial year 2023-24.

 

A Step Below the Predecessor

While a significant sum, Krithivasan's compensation falls slightly short of his predecessor Rajesh Gopinathan's package of Rs 29.16 crore in FY23. This difference could be attributed to the fact that Krithivasan served for only a portion of the fiscal year as CEO, taking the reins on June 1st, 2023. His compensation reflects his combined role as both CEO and Global Head of Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI) during the initial months.

 

NG Subramaniam's Swan Song

The annual report also shed light on the compensation of N G Subramaniam, the outgoing Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Director (ED) of TCS. Subramaniam, who is scheduled to retire this month, received a total compensation of Rs 26.1 crore in FY24. In a recent letter to employees, Krithivasan commended Subramaniam's dedication to the company over his four-decade tenure, highlighting his contributions across various leadership roles.

 

Leading TCS Through a Changing Landscape

Krithivasan's first year at the helm of TCS has coincided with a dynamic period for the IT industry. Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and cloud computing are rapidly transforming the landscape, and TCS, like other IT giants, needs to adapt and innovate to maintain its competitive edge.

 

Compensation in Context

Executive compensation in India, particularly for CEOs of major corporations, is a topic of ongoing debate. Proponents argue that competitive compensation packages are necessary to attract and retain top talent, while critics raise concerns about income inequality and the potential for excessive pay to disconnect CEO priorities from those of shareholders and employees.

 

TCS: A Crown Jewel of the Indian IT Industry

TCS remains a crown jewel of the Indian IT industry, boasting a strong track record of growth and profitability. The company's performance is a reflection of the combined efforts of its leadership team and its vast workforce. While CEO compensation is a newsworthy topic, it's crucial to remember that TCS' success hinges on the collective contributions of all its employees.

 

Looking Ahead: Innovation and Growth

As TCS navigates the evolving IT landscape, Krithivasan's leadership will be instrumental in driving innovation and ensuring continued growth. His compensation package reflects his position at the helm of this IT giant, but the company's future success will depend on its ability to adapt, invest in its workforce, and deliver value to its clients.


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