N. R. Narayana Murthy 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 its chairman through the following decade. He is currently a trustee of the board of the Infosys Science Foundation. Previously, from 1977 to 1981, he headed Patni Computer Systems.
Murthy is a partner at Catamaran Advisors LLP and Catamaran Ventures LLP, and he serves as director of NRN Holdings Pvt. Ltd. and Soroco India Pvt. Ltd. He is a trustee of Murty Foundation and Murty Trust, and his other board affiliations include the United Nations Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Institute of Engineering (Mysore), and the Public Health Foundation of India. He is also a presidential councilor of Cornell University.
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.