On account of International Women’s day, team Urban Tree has meticulously chosen some great women achievers of our country. As we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women on March 8, this is a series of blogs that feature those strong women of India who have made their way up to become successful by breaking stereotypes!
The Padma Bhushan awardee and a true leader Indra Nooyi is the #PowerWomanOfIndia
” Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.” – Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi the Indian woman who tops all lists of top influential people in the world is very inspiring which is why she is the one #PowerWomanOfIndia. Indra Nooyi is the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world. She has led big acquisitions and mergers that have been fruitful in outcome in her career.
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi was born on 28th October 1955 in Chennai to a conservative Tamil family. She went to Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Madras. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Madras Christian College in 1974. Indra Nooyi received her Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976. She began her career in India with Johnson & Johnson and a textile firm Mettur Breadsell as a product manager. In 1980 Nooyi earned a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management. Later, Nooyi joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and then held strategic positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri.
Indra Nooyi’s story is that of a strong girl who was determined to achieve her goals. Nooyi did not have western suit for her first job interview at Yale, she worked from midnight to sunrise as a receptionist to earn US$50 for the suit. Back in 1980’s she wasn’t comfortable wearing formal western outfits and she was rejected for wearing a trouser that only reached till her ankles in her first interview. After which she turned to her professor for advice, he advised her to wear what she felt was comfortable and to be herself. She wore a sari for her next interview and got selected for the post. Since then, ‘Be you’ is the philosophy she has been following in her life.
Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and became the president and CFO in 2001. She has lead major acquisitions and mergers at PepsiCo which are acquiring Tropicana in 1998 and the merger with Quaker Oats Company. Nooyi became the fifth CEO of the 44-year old Pepsico in 2006.
Awards and Accomplishments:
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi was honoured with the Padma Bhushan award in 2007. Nooyi has been listed under ‘The world’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ from 2008 to 2014 by Forbes magazine. From 2006 to 2010 Nooyi has been named number one on Fortune magazine’s annual ranking of Most Powerful Women in business. She was named one of ‘America’s Best Leaders by U.S News & World Report’. Nooyi was listed under 50 women to watch in 2007 and 2008 by Wall Street Journal and was also listed among 100 most influential people in The World in 2007 and 2008 by Time’s.
Nooyi was elected as the chairwoman of the U.S –India Business Council in January 2008. In 2009, Bredan Wood International, an advisory agency considered Nooyi as one of ‘The TopGun CEO’s’. All-America Executive Team Survey’s from 2008 to 2011 named Nooyi to Institutional Investors Best CEOs list.
The list of her achievements is endless so we stop here. Indra Nooyi is a wife, a daughter, a mother and a successful working woman. She inspires millions of young girls across the globe to be successful like her and hold top positions at large organisations.