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She was rejected in her first interview, and now is in the list of Highest Paid Women in Corporate World

Indra Nooyi Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo

Here’s the inspiring story of the business executive of PepsiCo and also the Fortune / Time magazine’s most potent girls within the world – the metropolis born Hindu deity Indra Krishnamoorthy Nooyi:

The Early life of Indra Krishnamoorthy Nooyi

 Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.” – Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi

Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi was born in an economically backward Tamil family in Tamil Nadu, India. She received bachelor’s degree in 1974 from the prestigious University of Madras. With a lot of determination and hard work, she did her MBA from the most prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta.

Every day during dinner her mom used to give Indra Krishnamoorthy Nooyi and her siblings a topic to write an essay. She used to force them to think in all possible ways as what the children should become and what they wanted to do when they grow up.

Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi Inspiring journey of Becoming Successful

Indra Nooyi – Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo

The path of her success:

Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi began her career in India with Johnson and Johnson textile firm as a manager. To pursue higher studies she went to the USA and took an admission in the Yale School of Management where she received a degree in Public and Private Management. During those days she also completed her summer internship at the Booz Allen Hamilton. After her graduation, she had joined Boston Consulting Group. After that, she even worked for Motorola, Asea Brown Boveri and as a director at the Schlumberger. In the year 1994 she joined PepsiCo, and in the year 2001, she was named CFO.

CEO of PepsiCo or a Daughter-in-law?

An important attribute of success is to be yourself. Never hide what makes you, you.” – Krishnamoorthy Nooyi

In 2006, it was announced that Indra Krishnamoorthy Nooyi will be the CEO of PepsiCo. She shares a beautiful incident which happened after this announcement. She was thrilled and overwhelmed that she will be the next CEO of PepsiCo and she went home to give this good news to her husband, children and her Mother-in-law, her mother in law, just said one thing that gets milk while coming home for the next day.

She was shocked and even questioned back that I am the CEO of PepsiCo and you are asking me to get milk. Her mother in law replied that she should keep the Crown of CEO in the office only. At home, she is a wife, a mother, a daughter-in-law. And this is how she again stuck to the ground with all her principles which made her reach this level.


It is not a piece of cake for a non-American plus women to achieve the post of CEO at PepsiCo, and Indra Krishnamoorthy Nooyi has proved that your caste, your religion, your gender nothing matters. What matters is your hard work, determination, and your principles which you focus in your life.


References: Success Story, Wikipedia

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