Indra Nooyi, born to a simple and humble Tamil family in Chennai, and currently the CEO of PepsiCo, is a source of inspiration not only for Indian women but for women across the globe. She has consistently been ranked as one of the most powerful women in the world. Some lesser known facts about Indra Nooyi are below.
Masters in India
Unlike many of the top notch CEOs of MNCs, Indira Nooyi did her post-graduation in Management from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. She also holds a MA from Yale School of Management.
Previous assignments at PepsiCo.
Indra joined PepsiCo in the year 1994 and since then she was promoted to the post of Chief Financial Officer in 2001 and with her tremendous leadership skills she rose to the coveted post of a CEO in the year 2006. She is the 5th CEO in the history of the company and the only Indian to be there.
Before joining PepsiCo Indra has worked with other renowned companies like Johnson & Johnson, Boston Consulting Group, Motorola and Booz Allen Hamilton where she has handled strategic and Product Management roles.
Indra is one of the highest paid women executives in the world. Her total compensation in the year 2014 was about 18.6 Million Dollars and her net worth being around $144m.
Affiliation with International bodies.
Indra has also served as member of the foundation board World Economic Forum and International Rescue Committee. She has also co-chaired the World’s Justice Project and was also associated with Lincon centre for the Performing Arts.
College Rock Star
Indra was a rock star during her college days. It’s said that she was always at the front in her college fests and was also a leading member of an all-girls band during her college days.
Awards and honours
She has consistently been ranked by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the world. Besides that she has received honorary doctorate from universities like Warwick, Duke, Barnard etc.
She has also been conferred by the prestigious civilian award- The Padma Bhushan for her exemplary services in the corporate world and for making a name for India.
Indra believes that just because you are a CEO your learning curve must not flatten. Learning is a continuous process and it must keep on going with time.
Being a women it was not easy for Indra to reach to the top position of a giant like PepsiCo. She believes very quick in adapting to situations can help one achieve its goal.
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