“IndraNooyiDavos2010ver2” by JeffBedford from Arlington, Virginia, United States – posted to Flickr as Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo CEO, Speaking at the World Economic Forum 2010 Annual Meeting. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
She’s been listed on Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women for the past eight years. Indra Nooyi, CEO and chairperson of PepsiCo, might be best known for her controversial statement that “women can’t have it all” (source):
“…every day you have to make a decision about whether you are going to be a wife or a mother. In fact, many times during the day you have to make those decisions. “
While the topic is a polarizing one, Nooyi should be applauded for her honesty and straight talk, which is no less than what one can expect from a woman who worked her way up from several product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson India before taking the top position at PepsiCo in 2006, becoming the fifth CEO in the company’s history.
Born in Chennai (formerly Madras), India, to a Tamil Family, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from Madras Christian College and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta. Upon moving to the United States in 1978, she studied for her Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management at Yale University’s graduate business school in New Haven, Connecticut.
Nooyi has been named Best CEO by Institutional Investor, 2009 CEO of the Year, and is currently Chairwoman of the US-India Business Council (USIBC).