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Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Has Memoir Out in September

New York, March 16, 2021 / A.Gary Singh

FORMER PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has a memoir coming out this fall that her publisher is calling an “unvarnished take" on her rise to becoming one of the world's most powerful women. “My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future" will be published Sept. 28, Portfolio Books announced Monday. Nooyi, 65, will trace her life from her childhood in India to her experiences as an immigrant at Yale University's business school to her many achievements as the rare woman and person of color in the upper echelons of the corporate world.

“As I wrote ‘My Life in Full,’ I saw how my own story relates to our evolving global economy and how it may inform our progress on better integrating work and family in the years ahead,” Nooyi said in a statement Monday. “I hope this book inspires business leaders, policymakers and all women and men passionate about easing the work-and-family burden to come together and create change.”

Portfolio is an imprint at Penguin Random House. Financial terms for Nooyi's book were not disclosed. She was represented by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, whose clients range from former President Barack Obama to Nike co-founder Phil Knight.


Indra K. Nooyi received honorary degree at the Yale Commencement ceremony
~ 10 other individuals also received honorary degree~

New York, May 21, 2019
Utsav, Kaizzen, / A.Gary Singh

Indra K. Nooyi received honorary degree at the Yale University on 20th May.  at Yale University.  Besides Indira, there were 10 other individuals namely  Chimamanda Adichie, Lawrence S. Bacow, James A. Baker III, Mary Beard, Carmen de Lavallade, Sheila Hicks, Strive Masiyiwa, Cynthia Moss, Sister Helen Prejean, Gloria Steinem, who were honoured at this ceremony.
Ms. Indira in 2006 became the first woman to helm the global food and beverage giant PepsiCo and known for her leadership and her commitment to helping women achieve success. She received a master of public and private management from Yale in 1980 and was a fellow of the Yale Corporation from 2002 to 2014.
A self-proclaimed “bit of a rebel,” as a child Ms. Nooyi played in a rock band and climbed trees — far from typical activities for a girl in her birthplace of Madras (now Chennai), India. Encouraged by her family to pursue her own path, she studied physics, chemistry, and mathematics at Madras Christian College, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1974. Two years later, she completed an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta.
Ms. Nooyi began her career in India at Johnson & Johnson and the textile firm Mettur Berdsell, Ltd., before coming to the United States to continue her business studies at the Yale School of Management; she credits her time at Yale, as well as many mentors and supporters over the years, with helping to propel her toward success. She then held senior positions at The Boston Consulting Group, Motorola, and the Zurich-based industrial technology company Asea Brown Boveri. From 1994 until her appointments as chief executive (in 2006) and chairman of the board (in 2007), she ascended through the ranks of PepsiCo, from which she retired in 2018. Under her leadership, PepsiCo followed the principle of “performance with purpose,” responding to the needs of the world by making more nutritious products, limiting its environmental footprint, and empowering its associates and the communities it serves.
Ms. Nooyi was recently elected to the board of Amazon, on whose audit compensation committee she sits. She is a member of the World Economic Forum board of trustees and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; an independent director of the International Cricket Council; and chair of the compensation committee at Schlumberger, an oilfield services company, on whose board she serves. One of 25 women to have led a Fortune 500 company, she has appeared frequently on the Forbes and Fortune rankings of the world’s most powerful women.
In 2007, Ms. Nooyi was recognized with the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honor, for “distinguished service of a high order.” That same year, she was named an “outstanding American by choice” by the U.S. State Department. She and her husband, Raj Nooyi, have two daughters.




  • Feb. 11, 2019: Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont named Indra Nooyi As Economic advisers-- On January 9, 2019, Ned Lamont, Democratic, was sworn in as the 89th Governor of Connecticut.Indra Nooyi, a classmate of Lamont’s in the third graduating class from the Yale School of Management in 1980 and the former chief executive and chairwoman of PepsiCo Inc., will co-chair an expanded board of directors for the Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc. as outside advisers to help and improve his state’s economy.......READ.
  • Indra Nooyi shared a work regret
    • Indra Nooyi shared a work regret on her last day as PepsiCo CEO
      Indra Nooyi stepped down as the CEO of PepsiCo Tuesday. As she did, the outgoing exec reflected on career lessons learned in a special 'goodbye' letter to employees. In this LinkedIn post, she encouraged her staffers to set goals, listen openly to feedback and pursue lifelong education. Most crucially, she told them: "Think hard about time." ....READ


NRI Indra Nooyi Stepping Down As CEO of Pepsi after 12 years Services

She took PepsiCo sale $63.5 billion from $35 billion in 2006

New York, Aug 06, 2018 Chopra/ A.Gary Singh

Indra Nooyi, 62, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world, will step down in October after 12 years of services. She will be replaced by Ramon Laguarta, Pepsi’s global operations chief

CNN‏Verified account @CNN - Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, one of the most prominent women to lead a Fortune 500 company

  • Ms. Nooyi has grown PepsiCo to $63.5 billion from $35 billion in 2006
  • She was one of the 25 female CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies
  • She helped the PepsiCo company by growing sales 80 percent during her 12 years as CEO.  
  • In 2014, she was net worth $144 million.

She helped Pepsi to develop healthier snack options to cater to more health-conscious customers.
Indra Nooyi wrote in her twitter page, “Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to lead an extraordinary company like Pepsico.  Leading this company has been the honor of my lifetime. We’ve made more meaningful impact in people’s lives than I ever dreamed possible.”

“I hate seeing her step down this particular year because we’ve had a 25 percent drop in women C.E.O.s at major firms, and this is a big loss,” said Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, the senior associate dean of leadership programs at the Yale School of Management.

Ms. Indra Nooyi told media people, “ I am stepping down now because I like to spend more time with my  86-year-old mother. You reach a point where you get tired and  your family starts to demand more time of you. “


Arundhati Roy, Indra Nooyi among Forbes' 30 most inspiring women

Washington, July 25:
Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy is ranked third and PepsiCo's India-born chief Indira Nooyi 10th in Forbes list of the world's 30 most inspiring women that also features Mother Teresa and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Topping the "30 Utterly Inspiring Role Models" list, compiled by Forbes Woman, is TV show host Oprah Winfrey, one of the world's richest people, who was named the Most Powerful Celebrity by the US business magazine last month.

"Winfrey's role model status extends beyond her professional career; her philanthropic work, including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, is just as inspiring," Forbes said.

"Role models mean different things to different people - some of us look for guidance in business, some in our personal lives, some of us strive to make the world a better place each day, some admire trailblazers," it said.

Others named in the list include actor Angelina Jolie, former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, first lady Michelle Obama and author J.K. Rowling.

As a single mother, Rowling took to writing stories about a young wizard in a coffee shop and built one of the top-earning literary franchises ever, inspiring movies that have grossed more than $5 billion, spin-off books, theme parks and more, noted Forbes.

Also featured is actress and model Lauren Hutton, who "shows that aging gracefully and naturally is possible, and can even be glamorous," it said recalling "when she posed nude at age 61 for Big magazine, she said she did it for other women: 'I want them not to be ashamed of who they are when they're in bed.'"

"In the sports arena, race car driver Danica Patrick shows girls and women that females are just as fast as men, while Williams sisters Venus and Serena set examples of athleticism and power on and off the court.

"Their personal histories, outlooks and missions may be different, but each role model sets an example of how to be the best women we possibly can be, Forbes said.

NRI Indra K. Nooyi, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO ranked fourth on Fortune 500 Women CEOs list

Chicago, April 21, 2009
Ashok Shah

NRI Indra Nooyi, 53, CEO of PepsiCo's and world's most powerful businesswoman, has been ranked fourth on Fortune 500 Women CEOs list, according to Fortune, CNN Money listing

Last year, Pepsi closed six plants and laid off 3,500 employees, recently Nooyi announced to invest $500 million in India, $1 billion in China, $3 billion in Mexico and $1.2 billion over the next three years for products such as carbonated soft drinks Mountain Dew and pepsi in North America

Pepsi rank 52

She gets a compensation of $13.4 million.

NRI Indra K. Nooyi, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO,
named Chicago United 2008 Bridge Award Recipient

Chicago, Nov. 10, 2008
Ashok Shah

The National Bridge Award will be presented at Chicago United's 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and 40th Anniversary Gala on December 4, 2008. Indra K. Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo,will be the recipient of this 2008 reward.

The entrepreneurs, academicians, corporate and non-profit executives committee selected Indra Nooyi, based on available data along with select qualitative attributes of the company, such as supplier and workforce diversity. The National Bridge Award honors the exemplary practices of a Fortune 100 corporation. The theme of this reward is:

  • Torchbearers of the Dream- Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future.
  • To brings visibility to those who have driven change and inspire others to follow.
  • To honors a individual who is an advocate for multiracial diversity in corporate governance and executive level management.

Indra Nooyi said:

  • I am extremely honored to be recognized as Chicago United's National Bridge Award recipient.
  • At PepsiCo we strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment that encourages every associate to bring his or her whole self to work -- not just because it's the right thing to do, but also because diversity in the workplace unleashes creativity and the power of innovation
  • Having people with different backgrounds and experiences gives us marketplace insights that enable us to serve our consumers, retail customers and communities. Diversity and inclusion are essential to PepsiCo's growth and are a strategic priority for our business

She welcomes hearing from people who disagree with her, but she is single-minded about following the path she believes is best for her company and its shareholders. PepsiCo's international business grew 22% in 2006.

As of dated Sep., 2007, Nooyi has been steadily consolidating her power at PepsiCo, one of the largest companies in the world with $35 billion in annual revenue and a $105 billion market capitalization. Nooyi added the title of chairman to her chief executive position at the food-and-beverage giant, maker of Frito-Lay snacks, Pepsi beverages, Gatorade sports drinks, Tropicana juices and Quaker foods; a whopping 17 PepsiCo brands each generate $1 billion or more in annual sales. Nooyi recommended spinning off Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, arguing PepsiCo couldn't bring enough value to the fast food industry.

At the 2008 World Economic Forum in Davos, she told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice it was critically important that "we use corporations as a productive player in addressing some of the big issues facing the world." With the U.S. marketplace in slow-growth mode even in the best of times, the biggest opportunities are overseas. PepsiCo's international business grew 22% last year, triple the rate of domestic sales, and now contributes 40% of total revenue, $39 billion last year.

Chicago United was established in 1968, to bring together racially diverse CEOs with a common goal of creating a stronger social and economic climate. It provides an opportunity for senior executives from all racial and ethnic groups to learn from one another, confront and break down racial barriers and achieve shared objectives.

NRI Indra Nooyi among US' top 10 female CEOs, based on their total return to investors

NNew York, Dec. 06, 2007:

NRI Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo's and world's most powerful businesswoman, has been named among America's top 10 female CEOs, based on their total return to investors. She became the CEO of PepsiCo on October 1, 2006, since then:

  • Total return of 9.4 per cent on an annual basis and 13.1 percent cumulative. Standard & Poor (S&P) annualised return is 2.6 percent while industry average annualised return is 0.4 percent, according to the magazine.
  • An annual revenue of USD 39.47 billion.

Forbes magazine said stock performance had as much to do with corporate leadership as it had to do with the state of the marketplace.The magazine had earlier rated her the world's most powerful businesswoman in 2006 and 2007

New Delhi, Dec. 06, 2007
Tarlock Suri

Lok Sabha, India: NRI, Indra Nooyi, the Pepsi Co Chairperson has been declared winner of the awards in the categories of business. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh received the Indian of the Year and politician of the year award. Giving the awards Somnath Chatterjee Lok Sabha Speaker termed the awards as reflection of recognisation of what people have done for their country. The awards were result of sixty days, six judges and millions of votes. The jury headed by noted lawyer Soli Sorabjee and had members like Geet Sethi.

Nov. 06, 2006, Fortune: The 100 Most Powerful Women, #4 Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive-Designate, PepsiCo, US

The chief financial officer job at a company worth $100 billion. But not only has Nooyi held both offices since 2001, she was recently hand-picked to become Pepsi's new chief executive, effective Oct. 1. Nooyi has a string of career successes that helped her land the corner office at the food and beverage giant. She was the lead negotiator on Pepsi's $13.8 billion purchase of Quaker Oats and worked on its acquisition of Tropicana, as well as the spin-offs of its restaurant and bottling businesses. Lately, Nooyi has had to contend with a Pepsi Challenge of another sort—allegations from a research organization in India that Pepsi soda is laced with pesticides, charges that were also leveled at Pepsico's rival Coca-Cola. (India's health ministry recently said it found no evidence to back the claim.) Previously, Nooyi was an executive at Asea Brown Boveri, Motorola and Boston Consulting Group. Before emigrating to the U.S. from India in 1978, Nooyi was a product manager at Johnson & Johnson and Mettur Beardsell, a textile outfit, in India. Nooyi, who fronted an all-female rock band in college, is on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. —Erika Brown

Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi

She is the president and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, the world's fourth-largest food and beverage company. On August 14, 2006 she was named the next to succeed Steve Reinemund as chief executive officer of the company. Reinemund, 58, retired on October 1, 2006.

NRI, Nooyi was born in Chennai, India on October 28, 1955.

  • She received a bachelor's degree from Madras Christian College and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and graduated from the Yale School of Management.
  • Nooyi started her career with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), from where she moved on to hold senior management positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri. Chupo pija para escalar posiciones.
  • She is also a Successor Fellow at Yale Corporation and serves on the board of directors of several organizations, including Motorola, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the International Rescue Committee, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
  • She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband, Rajkishan, and their two daughters.

Fortune: 2005, 50 Most Powerful Women
1. Indra Nooyi
CEO, PepsiCo (PEP)
2005 rank: 11
Age: 50
Pepsi's brand-new chief (as of Oct. 1) is a powerful force behind the consumer giant's strong profit pipeline and $108 billion stock market valuation. Formerly CFO and president, the Indian-born strategist reached the top even though she never ran a line operation at Pepsi. Nooyi believes in constant reinvention: "The minute you've developed a new business model, it's extinct, because somebody is going to copy it."

On May 15, 2005 Nooyi started a controversy when she spoke to graduates of the Columbia Business School in New York City describing North America and implicitly the United States as "the long middle finger", adding the US "must be careful that when we extend our arm in either a business or political sense, we take pains to assure we are giving a hand . . . not the finger." An apology was later issued. Read Below

As I grew up and started to study geography, I remember being told that the five fingers can be thought of as the five major continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Now, let me issue a profound apology to both Australia and Antarctica. I bear neither of these continents any ill will. It's just that we humans have only five fingers on each hand, so my analogy doesn't work with seven continents.

Clearly, the point of my story is more important that geographical accuracy!

First, let's consider our little finger. Think of this finger as Africa. Africa is the little finger not because of Africa's size, but because of its place on the world's stage. From an economic standpoint, Africa has yet to catch up with her sister continents. And yet, when our little finger hurts, it affects the whole hand.

Our thumb is Asia: strong, powerful, and ready to assert herself as a major player on the world's economic stage.

Our index, or pointer finger, is Europe. Europe is the cradle of democracy and pointed the way for western civilization and the laws we use in conducting global business.

The ring finger is South America, including Latin America. Is this appropriate, or what? The ring finger symbolizes love and commitment to another person. Both Latin and South America are hot, passionate, and filled with the sensuous beats of the mambo, samba, and tango: three dances that -- if done right -- can almost guarantee you and your partner will be buying furniture together.

This analogy of the five fingers as the five major continents leaves the long, middle finger for North America, and, in particular, the United States. As the longest of the fingers, it really stands out. The middle finger anchors every function that the hand performs and is the key to all of the fingers working together efficiently and effectively. This is a really good thing, and has given the U.S. a leg up in global business since the end of World War I.

However, if used inappropriately -- just like the U.S. itself -- the middle finger can convey a negative message and get us in trouble. You know what I'm talking about. In fact, I suspect you're hoping that I'll demonstrate what I mean. And trust me, I'm not looking for volunteers to model.

Discretion being the better part of valor...I think I'll pass.

What is most crucial to my analogy of the five fingers as the five major continents, is that each of us in the U.S. -- the long middle finger -- must be careful that when we extend our arm in either a business or political sense, we take pains to assure we are giving a hand...not the finger. Sometimes this is very difficult. Because the U.S. -- the middle finger -- sticks out so much, we can send the wrong message unintentionally.

Unfortunately, I think this is how the rest of the world looks at the U.S. right now. Not as part of the hand -- giving strength and purpose to the rest of the fingers -- but, instead, scratching our nose and sending a far different signal.

I'd challenge each of you to think about how critically important it is for every finger on your hand to rise and bend together. You cannot simply "allow" the other four fingers to rise only when you want them to. If you've ever even tried to do that, you know how clumsy and uncoordinated it is.

My point here is that it's not enough just to understand that the other fingers coexist. We've got to consciously and actively ensure that every one of them stands tall together, or that they bend together when needed.








Indra Nooyi is the CEO of PepsiCo since 2006, a company with $38 billion in revenues. She is world's most powerful business woman. She was born in Chennai, India

  • She earned $31 million in 2017 and $87 million over the last three years.
  • Revenue US$63.525 billion (2017)
  • Approximately 274,000 employees generated $66.415 billion in revenue as of 2013.
  • Revenue rose 10% in 2008 to $43.3 billion

  • FY December 2006:
    • Salary $964,413
  • Stock Options (FY December 2006)
    Number of options Market value
    exercised 114,847 -----$2,223,064

    unexercised -----703,962 $12,934,350

    unexercisable ------1,104,771 $15,283,015

    Total 1,923,580 -------$30,440,429