Indra Nooyi is an Indian-born American business executive currently serving as the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo.
Her life when looked at objectively puts forth the structure of a journey that shines through genius, intelligence, and endeavours, and when look at subjectively creates a mystical path which is inspiringly incomprehensible.
Born into a conservative Tamil speaking, middle-class Brahmin family in Madras, she from early on, as an individual engraved the aspects of her personality through the wild and its illimitable forests, by being a part of girls’ cricket team and as a guitarist in a band.
It’s not necessarily the breaking of stereotypes that gives birth to the extraordinary, indeed, but the capacity to create the individual balloon that your energies of nature aspire for you to inflate which makes the entire difference.
Please help others rise. Greatness comes not from a position, but from helping build the future. We have an obligation to pull others up
She was educated at Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School. She studied physics, chemistry and mathematics from Madras Christian College from where she graduated in 1974. She earned a seat in one of India’s premier institutions, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, from where she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) in 1976.
Nooyi has two daughters and puts up in Greenwich, Connecticut. One of her daughters is currently attending the School of Management at Yale, Nooyi’s alma mater.
Her first job was with Tootal, a British textile company which had extensive holdings in India. Eventually, she moved to work with Johnson & Johnson as a product manager. Her responsibilities involved managing the introduction of Stayfree sanitary napkins in India. Doing which was difficult because at that time, advertising for feminine hygiene products was banned in the country and Stayfree was struggling to gain a foothold. She marketed to female students at schools and colleges in order to conduct an inception for the product.
Her innovative, fresh and challenging experiences at the company plunged her into wanting to further her education, to put her skills to use more efficiently, and henceforth, explore ahead. She moved to the United States to join Yale School of Management in 1978 to pursue a master’s degree in Public and Private Management and graduated in 1980.
Indra Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 as the senior Vice-President of corporate strategy and development. Nooyi played a remarkable part in getting the restaurants ( KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell) that were owned at that time by PepsiCo, divested in 1997. The divestiture resulted in the creation of Tricon Global Restaurants Inc., now renamed as Yum! Brands Inc., which is one of the world’s largest fast-food restaurant companies today.
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is at present the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. She took the lead in the acquisition of Tropicana in 1998, and the merger with Quaker Oats Company, which also brought Gatorade to PepsiCo.
She has been incessantly 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 was ranked the 2nd most powerful woman on the Fortune list in 2015.
“Please help others rise. Greatness comes not from a position, but from helping build the future. We have an obligation to pull others up,” wrote Indra Nooyi.
Her dynamic decision making power, liberated pores of the acquired education, personal and professional balance, humility, and genius soul, make for a space that goes way ahead of the awards and recognition, into the echo of applause from all around the globe.