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India based Indra Nooyi grabs 2nd spot in Fortune 51 Most Powerful Women Rankings

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Fortune has released its Fortune 51 Most Powerful Women Rankings. PepsiCo CEO and chairman Indra Nooyi is the only Indian-origin woman in Fortune’s 51 Most Powerful Women list that is topped by Mary Barra, CEO and chairman of General Motors. The list comprises of 22 CEOs of major companies and many more corner office contenders in all industries. Nine newcomers and one return. Over $1.1 trillion in market capitalization.

The Top 10 :

1Mary BarraCEO and Chairman of GM
2Indra NooyiCEO and Chairman of PepsiCo
3Marillyn HewsonCEO and Chairman and President of Lockheed Martin
4Ginni RomettyCEO, Chairman and President of IBM
5Abigail JohnsonCEO and President of Fidelity Investments
6Sheryl SandbergCOO of Facebook
7Meg WhitmanCEO and President of Hewlett Packard Enterprise
8Phebe NovakovicCEO and Chairman of General Dynamics
9Irene RosenfeldCEO and Chairman of Mondelez International
10Safra CatzCo-CEO of Oracle

About Indra Nooyi :

Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is an India-born,naturalized American, business executive and the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world by net revenue. She has consistently ranked among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

  • Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was named president and CFO in 2001. Nooyi has directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led PepsiCo’s restructuring, including the 1997 divestiture of its restaurants into Tricon, now known as Yum! Brands.Indra Nooyi
  • Nooyi also took the lead in the acquisition of Tropicana in 1998, and the merger with Quaker Oats Company, which also brought Gatorade to Pepsi Co. In 2006 she became the fifth CEO in Pepsi Co’s 44-year history. She was named as the 3rd Most Powerful Woman in Business by Fortune in 2014.
  • Since she started as CFO in 2001,the company’s annual net profit has risen from $2.7 billion to $6.5 billion.
  • Nooyi was named on Wall Street Journal’s list of 50 women to watch in 2007 and 2008, and was listed among Time’s 100 Most Influential People in The World in 2007 and 2008. Forbes named her the #3 most powerful woman in 2008.
  • In 2014, she was ranked #13 byForbes. Fortune ranked her the #1 most powerful woman in business in 2009 and 2010. On 7 October 2010 Fortune magazine ranked her the 6th most powerful woman in the world. In Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List of September 15, 2015, Nooyi ranked 2nd.
  • Forbesmagazine ranked Nooyi on the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 lists of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Fortune magazine has named Nooyi number one on its annual ranking of Most Powerful Women in business for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
  • In 2008, Nooyi was named one of America’s Best Leaders byS. News & World Report. In 2008, she was elected to the Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • In January 2008, Nooyi was elected chairwoman of the S.-India Business Council (USIBC). Nooyi leads USIBC’s Board of Directors, an assembly of more than 60 senior executives representing a cross-section of American industry.
  • Nooyi has been named 2009 CEO of the Year by Global Supply Chain Leaders Group.
  • In 2009, Nooyi was considered one of “The TopGun CEOs” by Brendan Wood International, an advisory agency.After five years on top, PepsiCo’s Indian American chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been pushed to the second spot as most powerful woman in US business by Kraft’s CEO, Irene Rosenfeld.
  • In 2013, Nooyi was named one of the “25 Greatest Global Living Legends” by NDTV. On December 14, 2013 she was awarded by the President of IndiaPranab Mukherjee at theRashtrapati Bhavan.
  • Nooyi was named toInstitutional Investor’s Best CEOs list in the All-America Executive Team Survey in 2008 to 2011.
  • The prestigious Yale School of Management will name its deanship in honor of PepsiCo’s India-born CEO Indra Nooyi as she gifted an undisclosed amount, becoming the school’s biggest alumni donor and the first woman to endow a deanship at a top B-school.