Indra Nooyi : PepsiCo Queen
Indira spent her childhood in Chennai. Her father used to work at the State Bank of Hyderabad and her grandfather was a district judge. She did her BSc. in Chemistry from Madras Christian College and subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Finance and Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta.
She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public and Private management from the Yale School of Management.Indira served as the senior Vice President of Strategy and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), an engineering company and the Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning at Motorola. She was also associated with Mettur Beardsell and Johnson & Johnson.Indira joined PepsiCo in 1994. She was appointed as the president and chief financial officer in 2001. Finally she was named the CEO at PepsiCo. on August 14, 2006. She has played key roles in starting various projects. She played a vital role in starting Tricon, (currently known as Yum! Brands) and recommended spinning off Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut. She is responsible for the the acquisition of Tropicana in 1998 and merger of PepsiCo. with Quaker Oats Co, an American food conglomerate.She lives with her husband and two daughters in Fairfax county, Connecticut. If you ever visit her Connecticut home, do remember to take your shoes off before entering. If you forget, at least remember to take them off before entering the large puja room where a diya is lit and the inviting air of incense greets you. She keeps an image of Ganesha in her office, and in fact, some PepsiCo officials visited India and received similar images besides being told of the Hindu belief about Ganesh being the symbols of auspicious beginnings. Many of them now keep images of Ganesh in their offices! Nooyi attends PepsiCo board meetings in a sari; for she believes the corporate world appreciates people who are genuine.Nooyi was named on Wall Street Journal‘s list of 50 women to watch in 2005, and was listed among Time‘s 100 Most Influential People in The World in 2007 and 2008.