Indra Nooyi is an Indian-American businesswoman, known as the former Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo.
Indra Nooyi was born on October 28th, 1955, in Madras, India.
After completing her master’s degree, Indra worked at the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant for six years and then joined well-known companies such as Motorola as a Vice President and Director, as well as Asea Brown Boveri. In 1994, Indra started working in PepsiCo as a Senior Vice President in Corporate Strategy and Planning. In 2001, she rose to the position of CFO of the company and was assigned with looking after restructuring PepsiCo, which included KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Moreover, she dealt with the acquisition of Tropicana products and a merger with Quaker Oats Co in 2002, which led her to increase PepsiCo’s net profit from $2.7 billion to $6.5 billion. In 2006, Indra become the CEO of PepsiCo. She transformed PepsiCo by shifting towards the use of healthier products as ingredients. Indra also deeply cared about the environment and therefore brought the sustainability element in PepsiCo, by redesigning the packaging to eliminate waste, conserving water, recycling waste, and using renewable energy sources. After retiring from PepsiCo in 2019, Nooyi joined the board of Amazon.
According to Forbes Magazine, Indra Nooyi was ranked #91 of America’s Self-Made Women of 2021, with a net worth of $290 million.
Throughout her life, Indra Nooyi has received many awards such as being listed in Times 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2007 and 2008, she was named on Wall Street Journal’s list of 50 Women to Watch. Nooyi became a top alumni donor to Yale’s business school after giving an undisclosed amount in 2016. After 24 years with the company, half of which she spent in the top job, Indra Nooyi retired in 2019.