Indra Nooyi: It is a simple and inspiring story of a powerful woman. It is a story of Indian girl who came from conventional Chennai to pursue higher studies in the US.
A story of this strong-minded Indian girl, who while studying in Connecticut and worked as a receptionist from midnight to sunrise. She worked as a receptionist to earn money and struggled to put together US$50 to buy herself a western suit for her first job interview out of Yale.
But incidentally she wasn’t comfortable trying out a formal western outfit and ended up buying trousers that reached down only till her ankles.
She was rejected at the interview. After that she turned to her professor at the school who asked her what she would wear if she were to be in India.
In her next interview she wore a sari. And she got the job and she has followed this philosophy for the rest of her career.
Indra Nooyi says that “I’m so secure in myself, I don’t have to be American to play in the corporate life.”
She worked hard. And in her time she was count up as One of the most powerful women in the world by Forbes.
Indra Nooyi Biography:
Name: Indra Nooyi
Birth Date: 28th October, 1955
Birth Place: Madras, India
Occupation: Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
Indra Nooyi has managed to beat all the odds to hold the top most position 2nd largest food and Beverage Company in the world. It give us pride to talk about her.
In 2014, Indra Nooyi named as 3rd Most Powerful Women in Business by fortune. Recently she holds the 15th position in the list of world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes.
Indra Nooyi was joined PepsiCo from 1994. At the same time she also had an offer from General Electric, one of the world’s best run companies under Jack Welch.
She was 44 when she joined PepsiCo. Ever since, she has been involved in every major strategic decision the company has made in the last few years.
After that in 2006, Indra Nooyi became PepsiCo’s first female CEO and also PepsiCo’s first CEO, not born in the US.
It is tough for Nooyi, being a mother and corporate executive. She believes that her husband has been a great source of strength for her.
She also said that, “Always pick the right husband. I have a fantastically supportive husband.”
“My family and my belief in God. If all else fails, I call my mother in India when she’s there–and wake her up in the middle of the night–and she listens to me. And she probably promises God a visit to Tirupati!”
She has always seen the world through the prism of her mother’s trust and her beliefs and calls her the guiding light in her life.