Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi will speak to Mays students on November 4. The presentation will be a public conversation with Mays Dean Jerry Strawser and will touch on topics related to PepsiCo’s sustainability efforts, corporate culture, the U.S. obesity epidemic, global business operations, career advice for students, and more.

Nooyi’s visit is sponsored by the Mays chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs.


Nooyi is the chief architect of PepsiCo’s multi-year growth strategy, “Performance with Purpose,” which focuses on delivering sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet. It encompasses PepsiCo’s commitment to building a portfolio of enjoyable and wholesome foods and beverages, finding innovative ways to reduce the use of energy, water and packaging and providing a great workplace. In keeping with this growth strategy, PepsiCo is proud to be listed on the Dow Jones North America Sustainability Index and Dow Jones World Sustainability Index.

Nooyi has served PepsiCo in a number of roles since 1994. She was named president and CEO in 2006 and assumed the role of chairman in 2007. She has 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.; the acquisition of Tropicana; and the merger with Quaker.

Prior to becoming CEO, Nooyi served as president and CFO 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.

In addition to being a member of the PepsiCo board of directors, Nooyi serves as a member of the boards of U.S.-China Business Council, U.S.-India Business Council, The Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Peterson Institute for International Economics, Grocery Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Soccer Federation. She is also a Successor Fellow of Yale Corporation and was appointed to the U.S.-India CEO Forum by the Obama Administration.

She holds a BS from Madras Christian College, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta and a master of public and private management from Yale University.