PepsiCo India is one such MNC that has always been in the news for obvious good reasons; be it for granting funds or its sustainability projects, we’ve seen it all. Founded with the motto, “Performance with a purpose” in the year 1989, it now deals with food and beverage business in the country. “Operating responsibly to protect the planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders”.One person who has played a pivotal role in PepsiCo India is the former chairman herself, Indra Nooyi.
Having received her bachelor’s degrees from the University of Madras and later went on to earn a master’s degree in Public and Private Management in 1980.
Beginning her career in India, Nooyi held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell. In 1980, Nooyi joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and then held strategy positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri. She joined PepsiCo in the year 1994 and was called CEO in the year 2011.
One major step that has changed PepsiCo for good was when she reclassified PepsiCo’s products into three categories: “fun for you” (such as potato chips and regular soda), “better for you” (diet or low-fat versions of snacks and sodas), and “good for you” (items such as oatmeal).
Fortune magazine has named Nooyi number one on its annual ranking of Most Powerful Women in business for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In January 2008, Nooyi was elected chairwoman of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC). In the year 2009, Nooyi was considered one of “The TopGun CEOs” by Brendan Wood International, an advisory agency. In the year 2013, Nooyi was named one of the “25 Greatest Global Living Legends” by NDTV. On 14 December 2013, she was awarded by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
This walking legend Nooyi joined a business forum assembled by Donald Trump to provide strategic and policy advice on economic issues.