INDRA NOOYI, CEO of PEPSICO
January 22, 2013
INDRA K. NOOYI, CEO of PEPSICO
Indra K. Nooyi, CEO and Chairman for PepsiCo, is one of the most powerful women in the business world. She has been consistently ranked among the top 50 most powerful positions in the business world in magazines such as Forbes and Fortune. She currently holds the #12 spot in Forbes overall rankings of “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” being first in the “female” business category. (Howard, Forbes, 2012). Largely due to her leadership, PepsiCo enjoys the #41 spot in Fortune 500’s 2012 annual rankings. (Fortune, 2012).
Nooyi earned a Bachelor’s degree in her native country of India at Madras Christian College and, from Calcutta’s Indian Institute of Management, she received her first Masters of Business Administration. Thereafter she was admitted to Yale University in the United States where she earned her second M.B.A in Public and Private Management (PepsiCo, n.d., para. 8).
Prior to beginning her employment with PepsiCo in 1994 as its “chief strategist” (Useem, 2008, para. 2), she worked for companies such as Motorola, Zurich-based Asea Brown Boveri, and the Boston Consulting Group, where she was heavily involved in and often leading the organizations strategic planning departments. Since beginning her employment with PepsiCo, Nooyi has steadily moved up the ranks of the company having served as Senior Vice-President of Corporate Strategy and Development and Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer until she was chosen in 2006 to be the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer (PepsiCo, n.d.).
In addition to her stellar business portfolio, Nooyi also has fulfilled the roles as a wife and mother to two children and obtained her American citizenship.
Nooyi leads PepsiCo’s multifaceted matrix-like global organizational structure where she has taken it from a “beverage” company...
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