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iGATE to pay Vemuri more than double his Infosys package


Ashok VemuriUS-based IT firm iGATE will pay its new CEO and President Ashok Vemuri a base salary of $1.3 million (about Rs 8.2 crore) along with an annual cash bonus of as much as $1 million (Rs 6.3 crore).

Mr Vemuri's package at iGATE works out to more than double the amount he received at Infosys where he was head of Americas and Global Head of Manufacturing and Engineering.

In 2012-13, Mr Vemuri drew a basic salary of Rs 3.89 crore ($708,000) along with a bonus of Rs 1.02 crore ($ 190,978) at Infosys, taking the total to Rs 4.91 crore.

"Mr Vemuri will be employed initially for a five-year term commencing on September 16, 2013, with an initial annual base salary of $1.3 million and an annual cash bonus ranging between 0 per cent to 200 per cent of the target bonus of $500,000," iGATE said in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr Vemuri, who was one of the highest paid executives at Infosys, which he left to join iGATE, will also qualify for 150,000 options in iGate and 100,000 restricted stock with a four-year schedule with 25 per cent vesting at the end of each year.

He will also receive 3,00,000 target amount of performance-based restricted shares linked to iGATE achieving an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) goal of $400 million.

Mr Vemuri, a St Stephens and IIM-Ahmedabad alumnus, was responsible for Infosys' business operations in the company's largest region with $4.7 billion in sales.

iGATE appointed Mr Vemuri as its CEO and President last week, replacing Phaneesh Murthy, who was sacked in May for failing to disclose his relationship with a subordinate as per company norms.

For 2012, Mr Murthy's performance-based incentives were raised to $600,000 from $500,000 in 2011, while his base salary was $1 million.

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