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Indra Nooyi – An Extraordinary Woman Whose Outlook To Life Is Commendable

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Living in a world where gender inequality is deeply rooted in our society and exists almost everywhere. There is a woman who has managed to beat all the odds to hold the topmost position. Talking about Indra Nooyi who is an Indian American business executive and is the CEO of PepsiCo, the fourth largest food and beverage business in the world.  She is a woman to reckon with, for her strength, grit, and mastermind.

In 2014, Indra Nooyi was ranked as the 3rd Most Powerful Woman in Business by Fortune in the world. She is one of the most powerful and influential business leaders in the world. She was also among the few female executives to lead global corporate giants.


Apart from being a prominent face of women leadership across the world, she was also the epitome of success for the millions of young Indians who aspired to be like her.  Nooyi was born on October 28, 1955 in Tamil Nadu. She is an alumnus of IIM, Calcutta and Yale University.

There is one intresting story happened while studying at Yale, she appeared for the interview but was rejected their due to outfit. For her next interview she was advised by  her professor to stick to what she was comfortable with. She wore a sari and got the job next  and this philosophy of ‘Be Yourself’ she followed for the rest of her career. She believes the corporate world appreciates people who are genuine.

Before landing in Pepsi,  Nooyi worked with Boston Consulting Group and Motorola. Then in 2001, she was selected to PepsiCo’s Board of Directors and became President and Chief Financial Officer and again in  2006, Indra Nooyi was made the CEO of the company.



  • Nooyi is the 12th highest paid corporate woman in the US, according to Forbes magazine.
  • She shares the world’s most 100 most powerful women list along with Sonia Gandhi, Oprah Winfrey and Hilary Clinton.
  • She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2007.
  • Nooyi has been featured as the ‘Most Powerful Business Woman in the world’ by Fortune magazine many times.
PepsiCo CEO

PepsiCo on Monday announced that Nooyi will step down on October 3 after serving 12 yrs as CEO, and elected Ramon Laguarta as next CEO of Pepsico.

Her Statement –  “Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary company,” she said in a statement. “Leading PepsiCo has truly been the honour of my lifetime, and I’m incredibly proud of all we have done over the past 12 years to advance the interests not only of shareholders, but all our stakeholders in the communities we serve.”

Thus, Indra Nooyi  not only broke the glass ceiling in corporate sector . But, through her journey, inspired millions of young Indians too.