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Indra Nooyi

Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo

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Indra Nooyi on her upbringing in India, the importance of diversity, and what it takes to run a giant company in a meritocracy.
Indra Nooyi has led PepsiCo’s global strategy for over a decade. In 2013, she was named the third most powerful woman in business by Fortune. Seven years running, she’s been on Forbes’ list of 100 Most Powerful Women. Nooyi was born in India and received a BA in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics from Madras Christian College and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta before moving to the US to attend the Yale School of Management. After graduating from Yale, Nooyi joined the Boston Consulting Group, then worked in strategy at Motorola and power company Asea Brown Boveri. She joined PepsiCo in 1994 and became president and CFO in 2001 before being appointed CEO in 2006.  

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Diversity is a Necessity
To get the best you have to pick from the entire population, Indra Nooyi says. 

It Was All Worth It
Indra Nooyi on work-life balance.

Doing a Good Job
Indra Nooyi has always focused on doing the job at hand.

Counting the Minutes
Indra Nooyi takes her hat off to full-time moms. 

Not My Cup of Tea
Indra Nooyi talks about exclusion in company culture.

Sick as a Dog
Indra Nooyi on being pregnant in the workplace.

A Confused Environment
Indra Nooyi on dealing with competition between women in the workplace—and how the situation is improved today.

In a World of Men
Indra Nooyi saw the skewed gender ratio in business when she took her first big exam.

No Pizza in India
Indra Nooyi’s experience coming to America.

The Hottest Thing in School
Indra Nooyi was in an all-girl rock band at school.

Assume Positive Intent
The advice Indra Nooyi got from her dad. 

Dig Deep
Indra Nooyi on the importance of intellectual curiosity in business.