Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi (1955- )

Indra Nooyi

One of the highest-ranking women in corporate America, Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi was born on October 28, 1955, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She presently runs the fourth largest food and beverage company in the world, PepsiCo, as their first female Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This position has made Nooyi one of the most powerful and influential businesswomen in America.

Before she came to the United States, she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Madras Christian College and a Masters of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management. In India, she worked as a product manger for Johnson & Johnson and the textile firm Mettur Beardsell, Ltd. In her college years, Nooyi fronted an all-girl rock band. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1978.

In the U.S., Nooyi received her Masters of Public and Private management from Yale University. She directed international corporate strategies for the Boston Consulting Group. At Motorola, she was a business development executive until she was promoted to the Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning and Vice President. For four years, Nooyi was the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Strategy and Strategic marketing for Asea Brown Boveri.

In addition to building a career in business, Nooyi found the time to join and serve on several boards. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Motorola, the International Rescue Committee, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She is also a Successor Fellow of the Yale Corporation and on the Advisory Board of the Yale School of Management. Nooyi also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Eisenhower Fellowships and Asia Society and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission.

In 1994, Nooyi began her career with PepsiCo as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Strategic Planning and was later promoted to SVP of Corporate Strategy and Development. In February of 2000, she was promoted to the positions of SVP and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Nooyi was promoted to President while keeping her position as CFO in May of 2001, at the same time she was elected to the Board of Directors. In 2005, Forbes Magazine ranked her the eleventh most powerful woman in business for her roles as President and CFO of PepsiCo. She became the first female Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President on October 1, 2006. Because of the promotion, she was ranked the most powerful woman in business by Fortune magazine and ranked the fourth most powerful woman in the world by Forbes for 2006. As of May 2, 2007 she also became the chair of the Board of Directors for PepsiCo. Today, Nooyi remains with PepsiCo serving as their chair, President, and CEO. With her successful leadership of the company, she continues to be one of the most prominent women in the business world.


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