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Meet Indra Nooyi Pepsi co.’s CEO

May 6, 2013 8:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 28JAN10 – Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, USA; Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business is captured during the session ‘State Leadership: An Opportunity for Global Action’ at the Congress Centre at the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2010. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Michael Wuertenberg

While women in business still face many challenges not typically shared by their male counterparts (including discrimination and inequal pay), the tables are slowly turning.

In fact, only 6.6% of this year’s Fortune 500 companies are led by female CEOs, as opposed to last year’s 4.8%. It’s a small growth, but a growth, nonetheless.

Indra Nooyi is an Indian American business executive and former CEO of PepsiCo. She has consistently ranked among the world’s 100 most powerful women. In 2014, she was ranked at number 13 on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and was ranked the 2nd most powerful woman on the Fortune list in 2015.

Born: October 28, 1955 (age 64 years), Tamil Nadu, India

Spouse: Raj K. Nooyi (m. 1980)

Salary: $29.8 million (2016)

Education: Yale School of Management (1978–1980), MORE

Books: The Calloway Way: Results & Integrity

Children: Tara Nooyi, Preetha Nooyi

Awards: Padma Bhushan, CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Global Indian

Born in India, the 62-year-old was one of a handful of people of color to run an S&P 500 company. During her 12-year tenure as chief executive, Nooyi transformed PepsiCo into one of the most successful food and beverage companies worldwide.

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