INDRA NOOYI, PepsiCo: The Iron Woman Is Ready to Rock

INDRA NOOYI PEPSICO

Indra Nooyi's bulldog determination is already the stuff of musical legend--a friend once rewrote Black Sabbath's Iron Man in honor of the electric guitar-loving PepsiCo president and chief financial officer. ("Driving them up the wall/Iron Woman rules them all.") Nooyi, 48, plays a mean power chord herself. In 1997 she prodded Roger Enrico, then CEO, to spin off PepsiCo's fast-food business. She later pushed Enrico to buy Quaker Oats and Tropicana, two bold acquisitions that kept the company squarely in snack foods while adding healthier fare to the mix. Strategic vision has always been her strength. Before joining PepsiCo in 1994,...

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