ndra Nooyi completed her climb to the top of Pepsico in August of 2006 when she was promoted from CFO to replace the retiring CEO. Her achievement is all the more remarkable because she didn't come to the U.S. until the age of 23. Her impact on Pepsi's fortunes made her Fortune's 11th most powerful woman in business for 2005.
Since joining Pepsi in 1994 Nooyi led its 1998 acquisition of Tropicana frozen orange juice business and helped work out its spinoff of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut as Tricon Global Restaurants in 1997. In August 2001 PepsiCo acquired Quaker Oats. It is now the world's second largest beverage company after Coca-Cola and fourth largest food and beverage company with 142,000 employees around the world.
Nooyi received her B.A. from Madras Christian College, a Management degree from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta and a Yale MBA. She began her career as a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group (BCG). She moved to Motorola, then Asea Brown Boveri, rising steadily up the ranks to senior management. Nooyi is a Successor Fellow at Yale Corporation and serves on the board of directors of Motorola, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with husband Rajkishan and two daughters.