Saturday, April 13, 2024

Indra Nooyi: Breaking Through The Ceiling

Indra Nooyi embarked on a remarkable journey that would see her rise to the pinnacles of success in the corporate world, namely serving as CFO and later CEO of PepsiCo from 2006 to 2018.

First published on Passions, Vol. 56, this article has been repurposed for the digital world – exclusive only on VOICE OF ASIA.

It has been said that it is difficult for a woman to break through to the top in corporate America, and it is an even greater challenge for one who is a member of an ethnic minority. Good business though is gender-blind and colour-blind, and no one shows this better than Indra Nooyi. The former Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo – the world’s second largest F&B company at the time – Nooyi has become a legend in the industry. And it is not because she is a woman or because of her origins (she was born in Chennai, India) but the results she brings. As CFO of PepsiCo from 2000 to 2006, Nooyi helped raise the company’s revenue by 72% while doubling profits. It therefore came as little surprise when the PepsiCo Board offered her the CEO post in 2006 followed by the Chair a year later. A sign of her aptitude in the business is her decision to drive PepsiCo into healthier options, spearheading the successful takeovers of Quaker Oats, Tropicana and Gatorade.

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