N. R. Narayana Murthy, executive chairman of the board of Infosys, serves on the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees. Murthy co-founded Infosys, an international software services firm based in Bangalore, India, in 1981. He was the company's CEO until 2002 and has been chairman and chief mentor since 2011. He is currently a trustee of the board of the Infosys Science Foundation. Previously, from 1977 to 1981, he headed Patni Computer Systems.
Murthy's board affiliations include the United Nations Foundation and the Asian Institute of Management (Manila). He is also chair of the Public Health Foundation of India and the National Payments Corporation of India. He is a presidential councillor of Cornell University, chairman of the Board of Governors at the School of Management at the Asia Institute of Technology, Bangkok, and a director at Catamaran Management Services Private Limited.
The recipient of numerous honors, Murthy was given the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, by the government of India in 2008. The government of France conferred on him the Officer of the Legion of Honor in 2008 and the British government conferred on him the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2007. In 2005, he was ranked among the Economist's 15 most admired global leaders.
Murthy received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mysore and a master of technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur.