Leading for the Future
What does true leadership look like in today’s ever-evolving and ever-shrinking world, and how do we prepare leaders for the future? In this dynamic and compelling conversation, Former CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi illuminates what transformative leadership looks like, and how the facets of leadership are evolving. From highlighting how to lead in a global world—and becoming not just globally savvy, but locally astute—to unpacking how to foster innovation in the face of uncertainty, Nooyi reveals what leading for the future looks like.
Transformation and Innovation in a Traditional Enterprise
As Former CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi is globally renowned for leading the company through a decade of tremendous growth and change, and praised for her prescient and strategic thinking. In this eye-opening conversation, Nooyi reflects on her remarkable career and shares how it’s possible to transform and innovate within a large or traditional organization. Providing actionable takeaways on how to foster large-scale cultural change, create buy-in among employees, and handle the naysayers, Nooyi reveals how to positively challenge the status-quo and create room for new ideas even when it seems to threaten a business’ foundations. Taking both a micro and macro view, Nooyi's conversation touches on everything from how long implementing change takes and the challenges that will arise, to the skills required and transformative potential that will be discovered along the way.
Performance with Purpose
While at the helm of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi was celebrated for her hallmark motto of “do well by doing good” and as chief architect of Performance with Purpose, the company’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world. In this illuminating conversation, Nooyi reveals the origins and success of Performance with Purpose and how she built it, drove it, tracked it, and handled the critics, ultimately revealing how business and society can be linked for benefit of both.
Building a Diverse, Inclusive Workplace
When Indra Nooyi became CEO of PepsiCo in 2006, she was one of only ten women CEOs at the helm of a Fortune 500 Company. In this timely and empowering conversation, she explores how to create an environment of diversity and inclusion in a corporation, and why it is so important to do so. Candid, substantive and inspiring, Nooyi reveals what it takes to foster a workplace culture where every voice is heard and person is welcome, and illuminates how corporations, government, society, communities, and families can work together to address these challenges and opportunities.
Indra Nooyi in the news
INDRA NOOYI is renowned throughout the world for boosting PepsiCo revenues by 80% during her tenure. As one of the most successful executives in recent history, Nooyi is sought after for her exceptional insights and perspectives. Catch her latest media appearances here:
Indra Nooyi served as Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo from 2006 to 2018. and as Chairman of the Board of Directors until 2019. As CEO, Mrs. Nooyi was the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world around us. As part of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo is focusing on delivering sustained growth by making more nutritious products, limiting our environmental footprint and protecting the planet, and empowering our associates and people in the communities we serve.
She directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led its restructuring, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc. She also led the acquisition of Tropicana and the merger with Quaker Oats that brought the vital Quaker and Gatorade businesses to PepsiCo, the merger with PepsiCo’s anchor bottlers, and the acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann, the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo’s history.
Prior to becoming CEO, Mrs. Nooyi served as President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2001, when she was also named to PepsiCo’s Board of Directors. In this position, she was responsible for PepsiCo’s corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, corporate platforms and innovation, procurement, investor relations and information technology. Between February 2000 and April 2001, Mrs. Nooyi was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo. Mrs. Nooyi 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, Mrs. Nooyi spent four years as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, a Zurich-based industrials company. She was part of the top management team responsible for the company’s U.S. business as well as its worldwide industrial businesses, representing about $10 billion of ABB’s $30 billion in global sales.
Between 1986 and 1990, Mrs. 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. Her clients ranged from textiles and consumer goods companies to retailers and specialty chemicals producers. Mrs. Nooyi began her career in India, where she held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and Mettur Beardsell, Ltd., a textile firm.
Currently, Mrs. Nooyi serves as a member of the boards of Amazon, Schlumberger Limited, The Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Tsinghua University. She is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mrs. Nooyi is married and has two daughters.