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Wharton Dean's Medal for Narayana Murthy

Fakir Chand in Bangalore

N R Narayana Murthy, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Infosys Technologies Ltd, the Bangalore-based leading global Software Company, will be awarded the Wharton Dean's Medal by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in the US on Sunday.

An official communication from Wharton on Friday stated that the award acknowledges Murthy's contributions to the enlargement of the global economy, and to the improvement in the lives of people worldwide.

"The Dean selects only a very small number of individuals who, through excellence in management, have truly made a difference in the creation of wealth and value, and in the promotion of a peaceful and prosperous world," the statement said.

On the same occasion, Murthy will also be featured speaker at The Wharton School on the commencement of the University's MBA course. He is the first Indian to be offered this opportunity.

"We are honoured to have Murthy speak at our MBA commencement," said Patrick T Harker, Dean of the Wharton School. "He is a true visionary and exceptional leader, not only for his success in building a world-class organisation, but also for his efforts to improve the lives of the Indian populace. He serves as a terrific model for the next generation of business leaders who will be graduating from Wharton," Harker added.

Murthy is a member of the Wharton School's Asian Executive Board. He has been chosen for this privilege in recognition of his contribution to founding and building Infosys into global software and consulting powerhouse.

"I am deeply honoured by this invitation to speak at the venerable Wharton School," Murthy said.

"I am privileged to address the gathering of bright and enthusiastic students and their families, and join in the celebrations of the graduating class. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with them, and urging them to persevere relentlessly, through good times or bad, sometimes little more with their dreams before them and their faith in themselves."

Murthy was featured in the Asiaweek Power 50 (June 2000), a list of Asia's Most Powerful People. Business Week named him "The Stars of Asia" for three consecutive years: 1998, 1999, and 2000.


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