Indra Nooyi Biography Success Story Quotes
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Indra Nooyi Biography Success Story Quotes

(Last Updated On: August 27, 2019)

Indra Nooyi (Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi) is an Indian Born American business executive. She is one of the most well-known face among Indian women entrepreneurs. Her success story and quotes are inspirational to others. Let’s go through her journey of success.

Indra Nooyi PepsiCo CEO

She was the Chief Executive of PepsiCo the second largest food and beverage business in the world by net revenue.

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Earlier Life and Education

Indra Nooyi born to a Tamil-speaking family in Madras (now known as Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India.

She studied at Holy Angels Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School in Madras.

She received Bachelor’s Degrees in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Madras Christian College of the University of Madras in 1974.

Post Graduate Programme (MBA) from The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976.

When you have to do as much as women do, the Internet allows you to – from home – figure out a way to extend your reach and power in the world. It allows you to do what job you’ve done traditionally, and create aspirations by carrying on a job and using the Internet to amplify everything you’re doing.” Indra Nooyi

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Beginning her career in India, Indra Nooyi held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell.

She was admitted to Yale School of Management in 1978 and earned a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management.

While at Yale, she completed her summer internship with Booz Allen Hamilton.

Graduating in 1980, she joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and then held strategy positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri.

Since April 2015, Nooyi has been an independent director at Schlumberger.

Indra Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was named CFO in 2001.

She was named President and CEO in 2006, replacing Steven Reinemund.

She has consistently ranked among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

In 2014, she was ranked at 13 on the list of Forbes World’s 100 most powerful women and was ranked the 2nd most powerful woman on the Fortune list in 2015.

She received prestigious Padma Bhushan for her business achievements and being an inspiration to India’s corporate leadership.

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To be a CEO is a calling. You should not do it because it is a job. It is a calling, and you have got to be involved in it with your head, heart, and hands. Your heart has got to be in the job; you got to love what you do; it consumes you. And if you are not willing to get into the CEO job that way, there is no point getting into it.” Indra Nooyi

Inspirational Speech by Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo CEO

She speaks of her upbringing in India and her journey to become the Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo.

In this inspirational video, Indra Nooyi urges entrepreneurs to be consistent, never lose curiosity and keep learning and remain a lifelong student!

Whatever you do, look upon it as a calling as a passion and not something temporary. Click To Tweet

Most companies target women as end users, but few are effectively utilizing female employees when it comes to innovating for female consumers. When women are empowered in the design and innovation process, the likelihood of success in the marketplace improves by 144%!” Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi –  Top 10 Rules For Success

  1. Be bold
  2. Connect with others
  3. Think longterm
  4. Throw a temper tantrum
  5. Be a life-long student
  6. Work with purpose
  7. Follow your dreams
  8. Be willing to make sacrifices
  9. Throw yourself into your passion
  10. Care

Indra Nooyi Quote About India

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India is a country with huge potential, and it remains an attractive high priority market for PepsiCo. We believe we have only scratched the surface of long-term growth opportunities that exist for PepsiCo and our partners.” Indra Nooyi

The Bolder We Can Be, The Better!  Indra Nooyi

Joined Amazon

Nooyi stepped down as CEO of Pepsico in October 2018. In Feb.2019 she joined Amazon, the online retail giant as Amazon’s board of Directors. Nooyi would be a member of the audit committee.

Indra Nooyi Quotes

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From him, I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent.”

When I was a kid, I would come home from school, throw my bag, go out to play. My daughter comes home from school, throws her bag, goes to play, but sitting in front of the computer because their definition of play has changed. They don’t go out to play. They play on the computer with their friends.”

I grew up in a Hindu household but went to a Roman Catholic school. I grew up with a mother who said, ‘I’ll arrange a marriage for you at 18,’ but she also said that we could achieve anything we put our minds to an encourage us to dream of becoming prime minister or president.”

“When I grew up there was no web, blogging or tweeting. In fact, where I grew up there was not even television! I met a lot of my friends in school and in college, and they are still my friends today.”


Indra Nooyi is really a good example women empowerment. She is an inspiration to many women in the world, especially for the women in India. Her success proved that women can achieve anything and sky is the limit. Today there are many women entrepreneurs and also women holding responsible positions in many fields. Let’s appreciate and encourage women to take more challenges and become successful in life.

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