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Powerful Women: Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Forbes Magazine recently published it’s list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and there are a few that many may not be familiar with. Indra Nooyi is the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world. When Nooyi first came to the U.S. for graduate school, she chose to work the graveyard shift as a receptionist in her dorm because it paid an extra 50 cents per hour. This early attention to the bottom line soon served her well in her stellar career.

Nooyi began her career as a product manager at Johnson & Johnson in India, moving to textile firm Mettur Beardsell, then on to The Boston Consulting Group as an international corporate strategy director. During her tenure at PepsiCo, Nooyi pushed for more healthy food option through the purchase of Quaker Oats and Tropicana.

The driving force behind Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s multi-year strategy to invest in a healthier future for people and the planet, Nooyi has said, “Each and every one of us has unknowingly played a part in the obesity problem.”

In addition to the Forbes ranking, Fortune magazine has named Nooyi number one on its annual ranking of Most Powerful Women in business for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. We could go on and on listing her awards and accolades, but suffice it to say, she is a trailblazer and a pioneer for women in business.

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