Kiran Mazumdar Shaw apologises for tweet on Rohan Murthy

Last Updated 23 April 2014, 13:58 IST

A day after she praised Rohan Murthy's performance at Infosys' board meeting, the firm's newly-appointed independent director and Biocon head Kiran Mazumdar Shaw today apologised for the remarks.

While the exact role of Infosys co-founder and executive chairman NR Narayana Murthy's son at India's second largest IT firm remains in realm of speculations, Shaw had yesterday surprised industry by taking to micro-blogging site Twitter to praise Rohan's presentation to the board.

Her post raised concerns within Infosys with some saying board proceedings should not have been taken to the social media. A director on the company board reportedly said he would take up the issue with the chairman.

Shaw used the Twitter again to apologise for her comments on Rohan, who is executive assistant to his father.

"I apologise for this inadvertent and improper tweet on Rohan Murthy - I agree it was incorrect to do so," Shaw said in a Twitter post today.

Meanwhile, Infosys said in a statement that Shaw had "inadvertently voiced her opinion on an internal presentation in a public forum, and has apologized for her oversight since then."

Yesterday, Shaw had said on the micro-blogging site: "At recent Infy Board Meeting I was most impressed by Rohan Murthy's brilliant tech loaded presentation which will enormously benefit Infy."

Her comments had come in for criticism.

"Shaw should not have commented on what had happened in the Board meeting. It is an accepted principal that what happens inside, remains inside," a person in know of the development said.

Another source said that it is a regular feature for various company officials to give presentations before the Board. The office of the executive chairman is the main office and it is required to apprise the Board of the developments.

Infosys said members of the Chairman's office make presentations to the Board and "this is not a new development." 

(Published 23 April 2014, 13:55 IST)

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