Indra Nooyi was not just the CEO of PepsiCo for 12 years – she was a statement. A statement that a woman of color and an immigrant can reach the zenith of one of the biggest corporate bodies in the US.
Coming from a humble background, Indra Nooyi has scaled heights to reach her position by hard work, sincerity, and determination to prove herself as the best. Graduating from IIM Calcutta and Yale University, she had joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was appointed the CEO for the last 12 years.
During this time she has played an iconic role to revive PepsiCo from the slump that the soda companies across the US faced from 2007-2013 and expanded the company’s role into healthy food section. The acquisition of Tropicana and Quaker and the establishment of a series of health products with sustainability at its center will be what Indra Nooyi will be remembered for at the company.
Few women around the world have reached the position that she achieved and as she always says it has come through some tremendous sacrifices and paying the cost of every decision that one is forced to take in the path to success.
Indra Nooyi often says that her work is her passion and everyone should look at their work in the same light – your work should never become a burden. When asked for advice she always maintains that one always needs to remain curious and never give up the zeal to learn more.
As a leader, she has been iconic. She is known for appreciating her co-workers and associates and allowing others to grow, as she believes that success does not come from merely growing yourself but investing in building the future.
She was recently made the first ever independent female director of the International Cricket Council.
Though it is still not clear as to what she plans to do once she formally steps down as the CEO of PepsiCo on October 3rd, we are sure she would be reaching greater heights of success as Indra Nooyi truly has the penchant to turn everything she touches into gold.
Not competent enough to sit idle and stare as the world goes by, Pallavi is optimistic to a fault and believes in building her world on her own rather than depending on others to make things right.