Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi on Winning Lottery of Life and her Legacy on Chai With Manju

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BOSTON—She shattered the glass ceiling in global business as a woman of Indian origin and as an immigrant business executive of an iconic American company: PepsiCo.

As CEO and Chair of PepsiCo from 2006 to 2019, Indra Nooyi was the chief architect of Performance with Purpose. Last year, she wrote: “My Life in Full,” which offers an intimate look inside PepsiCo, detailing how she steered the iconic American company toward healthier products and reinvented its environmental profile without curbing financial performance. The book also takes us inside her own extraordinary life journey.

During her tenure, PepsiCo grew net revenue more than 80 percent, and PepsiCo’s total shareholder return was 162 percent.

In an exclusive video interview on Chai with Manju, Nooyi talks about “winning lottery of life” and her legacy.

To watch the full interview, please click here, or on the image below.

During the in-depth interview, Nooyi discusses about the most satisfying thing about writing her book, her favorite recognitions, accolades and awards, including India’s prestigious Padambhusan and being inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in the United States.

Prior to becoming CEO, Nooyi served as PepsiCo’s President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2001, when she was also named to the company’s Board of Directors. She also served as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development from 1996 until 2000, and as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning from 1994 until 1996.

Before joining PepsiCo in 1994, Nooyi spent four years as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, a Zurich-based industrials company.

Between 1986 and 1990, Nooyi worked for Motorola, where she was Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning, having joined the company as the business development executive responsible for its automotive and industrial electronic group. Prior to Motorola, she spent six years directing international corporate strategy projects at The Boston Consulting Group.

Nooyi holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University.


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