Indra Nooyi, The Role Model of Women Empowerment

Indra Nooyi
  • For a girl, every step of her life is challenged right from the day she is born. Indra Nooyi had accepted that challenge and showed us that only if a woman tries, she can accomplish the impossible. She is the former CEO of PepsiCo who is known for her motivational activities and her high innovating mind.
  • Born on 28th October 1995 to Tamil parents, she did her schooling from AIHSS Chennai and then got a BSc degree from Madras Christian College. From there, she later moved to Kolkata and did her masters from IIM in finance and marketing.
  • The onset of her career began with ABB and then she went to work for Johnson & Johnson. It is great to know that she had also played a prominent role in the launch of Stayfree, the first sanitary napkin for Johnson & Johnson. This already made her a symbol of women empowerment. She then decided to go for another master degree from the renowned Yale Management School in the USA.
  • Indra never found it relevant to appear for her job interviews after her management studies in western formal wear. So in a course of time, she decided to put her won attire of who she was and this made her land on to a life-changing journey of being herself.
  • Indra joined PepsiCo as the Chief Strategist in 1994. Somehow she made her way to the board of directors of the company and her fast hard work made her the successor to Steve Reinemund in 2006. She had almost 285,000 employees working under her and infused her leadership skills in each of them. As the PepsiCo CEO, she earned around $17 million at that time for which she was awarded Padma Bhushan in the year 2007 by the Indian government.
  • It was because of her well-planned steps that PepsiCo successfully acquired Tropicana orange juice in 1998 and Quaker Oats in 2000. During the 1960s and 1970s, she linked PepsiCo with Mountain Dew ads that resulted in huge sales of the products.
  • Indra launched Pepsi Natural, a product featuring natural products, which attracted the youth generation who were more concerned about their fitness and diet. Her coordinated way of working and strategic planning for PepsiCo never made the company go underwater. In the huge stock market, even during times of recession and inflation. It is also heard that she was prompted to become a board member of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts for her tremendous love towards art. She always used to say that it is not important how high you rise or down you fall in your life because what matters is your consistency and hard work every day.
  • Presently, Indra is one among the world’s top 100 most powerful women the world has ever seen. Moreover, she was named as the world’s most powerful businesswomen consistently from 2006 to 2007. Her success story is a true inspiration to all challenged women of our society.

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