During her year tenure as chief executive, Nooyi transformed PepsiCo into one of the most successful food and beverage companies worldwide. Her push for healthier snack and beverage choices, along with an eye for product packaging, led to an 80 percent sales growth in the 12 years she was CEO. Nooyi will remain as chairwoman of the board of directors until early As Nooyi readies for her next phase, here are the traits and habits she used to help steer her career. As a child in India, Nooyi and her sister were asked to play an unusual game.

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Subscriber Account active since. Read below how she became the leader of one of the world's most famous food and beverage makers. Source: Business Insider. Source: Encyclopedia of World Biography. Source: The Economic Times. Source: Bloomberg.

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World globe An icon of the world globe, indicating different international options. Rachel Premack. In her 24 years at PepsiCo, she helped introduce more healthy products to the company's food and drink portfolio. Nooyi, who played in a rock band as a youth, said she was a rebellious child in a conservative family. That rebellious streak stayed with her through adulthood. By 21, Nooyi had secured her B. Nooyi's mother almost didn't allow her to go to Yale, despite earning a hefty financial aid package, because she was 22 and still not married.

Ultimately, Nooyi married at 25 to Raj K. Nooyi, who has been President at Amsoft Systems since They have two daughters. Nooyi said in that she's constantly balancing being a parent, wife, and an executive. Although, there are days when I have to go to the school. I do it, but I won't do it every month as they expect mothers to do. I would like to go to see my daughter playing a basketball game. I won't go to every game, but I would to some of them. When the latter offered her a role as chief strategist, she began working with the highly recognizable food and drink company.

One of her earliest and most controversial decisions was convincing the PepsiCo CEO to drop its restaurant division, which consisted of fast food chains like Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Nooyi became the chief financial officer in , president in , and finally chairman of the board and chief executive officer in While PepsiCo was flourishing in the s and early s, a slew of factors slowed down the company right as Nooyi took over as CEO in So, Nooyi had to judge whether it was better to achieve short-term or long-term success.

One of Nooyi's initiatives was becoming more design-focused. She said she visits a market every week to see how PepsiCo's products look on the shelves. Another component of Nooyi's long-term strategy was prioritizing healthy products.

At first, that deafened PepsiCo's quarterly numbers and caused analysts to doubt her leadership. Nooyi shared at a Business Insider panel how analysts scoffed at her strategy for years: "They kept telling me, 'Why are you Mother Teresa? Why are you trying to change your portfolio to healthier products?

That's where we needed to go. And since , PepsiCo has managed to beat quarterly expectations. Nooyi told Bloomberg that she plans on taking a break — but not for too long. She wants to help develop more female talent to ensure better representation of women in top leadership roles.


PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi: 5 powerful career habits that drove her success

She has consistently ranked among the world's most powerful women. Nooyi was named on Wall Street Journal ' s list of 50 women to watch in and , [32] [33] and was listed among Time ' s Most Influential People in The World in and Forbes named her the 3 most powerful woman in On 7 October , Fortune magazine ranked her the 6th most powerful woman in the world.


Indra Nooyi

Subscriber Account active since. Read below how she became the leader of one of the world's most famous food and beverage makers. Source: Business Insider. Source: Encyclopedia of World Biography.


Indra K. Nooyi Biography

Indra Nooyi , born October 28, , Madras [now Chennai], India , Indian-born American businesswoman who was instrumental in the lucrative restructuring and diversification of soft-drink manufacturer PepsiCo, Inc. For the next six years, Nooyi worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. She later held executive positions at Motorola, Inc. In Nooyi joined PepsiCo as senior vice president of corporate strategy and development.

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