?India has a long history where women's have shown that they are not only the
homemaker, however, with their sheer strengths and courage, they have ruled over
India from the Medieval History period of India take the example of Razia Sultan,
then Rani Laxmi Bai, then Sarojini Naidu, then Indra Gandhi, then Ashiwarya Rai and
latest entrant in the block is the Indra Nooyi, a superwomen, who has been placed 4th
in the list of worlds topmost influential women's by the Forbes Magazine.
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is her full name and she belongs to the Southern Indian
city of Chennai. She was born in 28 October 1955 in Madras, now Chennai. She has
done her graduation from Madras Christian College (MCC) in Chemistry, Physics and
On completion of her graduation she went to Indian Institute of Management in
Calcutta for doing Masters in Finance and Marketing. Soon after completion of her
MBA she joined ABB and then Johnson and Johnson (J&J) in Mumbai. One of her
achievement with J&J is her close association with launch of the sanitary napkin
"Stayfree". From there she has been no stopping her life.
However, her career profile was not satiating her wishes to do more in life and she
persuaded her parent to let her study at Yale Management School in US. She
completed her Master's in Public and Private Management form Yale. Here in US
before landing in the Pepsi in 1994, she had worked with Boston Consulting Group
and Motorola. Indra coaxed the CEO Roger Enrico of the Pepsi to follow-up the
company's restaurant division, including brands such KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell,
as the chief strategy officer.
Nooyi not only shows tenacity for follow-up, but she equally emphasized in the
Mergers and Acquisition. This was bolstered by the acquisition of the Tropicana and
Quaker fruit juice brands. As a typical tycoon of the business from her acumen she
has predicted the slowdown in the popularity of aerated soft drinks in the markets
worldwide. That's how she has enhanced her position in the business world where for
a woman it's very difficult to leave any mark on the corner room office of the big
conglomerate. She is the one who has meticulously planned for the foray of Pepsi into
the sport drinks market in association with Gatorade.
Her quick decision making ability and sticking to the work until it's got
accomplished has drawn this comment from the Enrico that "If she gets an idea, she
goes after it. There's no stopping her." No doubt her firmness and go getting attitude
has won her laurels in the company and this helped her to build a strong foundation in
the career graph to reach the top echelons in the organization where many people just
day dreams to reach. As of now
She is the only Indian woman to become the Chief Executive Officer of the more
$ 25 Billion Multinational, and perhaps the first Indian to reach to this level. "As of
now" has been deliberately being used so as to see more and more Indian transcendent
to that level in future.
For Indira this has been a both tough and exciting experience. As she has said in her
own word that being a woman, immigrant and colour made it thrice difficult for her to
reach to this destination, but only mantra which she followed during the course of
time was working hard twice as the male counterpart
Living up to the moment and enjoying every thrills coming on the way is the best
strategy to go unhindered. Indra connection with her India is conspicuous by looking
at her attire.
In most of the office ceremony she wears sari to show that her heart beats for India
and her culture. Most of the woman would be envying her knowing to this fact that
she has a great boss both in office and in home. The way she is balancing her office
obligation with similar ease she take cares of her household stuff. It's she an icon to be
followed and emulate so that a few things if not all. She has been daughter, a wife, a
mother and last but not the least a business woman who has been spearheading in
every direction whichever she heads to.
The faculty members of IIM Calcutta has brought out this facts to the media that she
has been a very mediocre student in the campus, however Nooyi has surpassed
everybody's imagination, when it was announced that she was going to replace the
Steve Reinemund, CEO of PepsiCo. This has lit up fire every mediocre soul that if she
can achieve this insurmountable hierarchy nothing is impossible for the determined
and strong willed person, the only thing being required is the perseverance.
Indra Nooyi lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband Raj and their two
daughters. Indira Nooyi very chirpy and has a great sense of humour. She has the
inclination towards arts which is supported by the fact that she is a member of the
Boards of the Lincoln Center for the performing Arts in the New York City. Besides
that she has been a member of the Boards of various organization prominent amongst
them is the Motorola and Yale University.
Nature wise she has been simple and prefers to avoid controversies. Recently while
delivery the speech at the graduating ceremony of Columbia Business School she has
stirred a controversy by mesmerizing her childhood days. She said that for remember
the name of the five continents was a tough task for her in the geography class, so she
remember Africa for the small finger, Asia for the Thumb, Europe as the Index finger,
South America for the Ring finger and North America as the Middle finger. She
justified the analogy of the five fingers with the continent based on there economic
and political standing world forum. However, this has instigated furors and she
immoderately apologized for the same.
However, Indra Nooyi is the truly global in her thinking keeping a wide perspective
about the world and has great intellect.