Indra Nooyi

As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future – Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi was the former CEO of PepsiCo, the world’s 4th largest food and Beverage Company. Under her leadership PepsiCo surpassed Coca-Cola in market value for the first time in history. Now she is a Board Member of Amazon. Time after time she has ranked among the world’s 100 most powerful women. In 2014, she was ranked at number 13 on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women and as the 2nd most powerful woman on the Fortune list in 2015.

Born to a Tamil-speaking family in Madras she did her schooling in Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in T.Nagar. She received Bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Madras Christian College of the University of Madras in 1974 and a Post Graduate Programme Diploma from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976. In 1978, Nooyi was admitted to Yale School of Management where she earned a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management in 1980.

In her early career, she held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning at Motorola. She joined PepsiCo in 1994 becoming the company’s fifth CEO in its 44 year history. The Yale School of Management will name its deanship in honour of Nooyi as she gifted an undisclosed amount, making her the school’s biggest alumni donor and the first woman to endow a deanship at a top business school.

Wife of Raj K. Nooyi, President at AmSoft Systems and mother of two daughters, she was ranked 3rd spot among the “World’s Powerful Moms” list by Forbes. When she was in India, she played cricket and the guitar in an all girls’ band. What a remarkable woman.

I grew up in a Hindu household but went to a Roman Catholic school. I grew up with a mother who said, ‘I’ll arrange a marriage for you at 18,’ but she also said that we could achieve anything we put our minds to an encourage us to dream of becoming prime minister or president.

Sources: Wikipedia; The Feminist Ezine; Brainy Quote

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