I, Nooyi

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Indra Nooyi

Former PepsiCo CEO to inspire business leaders in Australia on the power of innovation

Indra Nooyi, who was recently appointed to Amazon’s board of directors—becoming the second woman of colour to join the board of the Seattle-based online retailer, after Starbucks executive Rosalind Brewer—will be in Australia in June to inspire and inform business leaders.

The former PepsiCo CEO has been invited by Leading Australian business events provider The Growth Faculty for two exclusive dinner events.

Recognised as a true business powerhouse, Nooyi directed PepsiCo’s global strategy for more than a decade. During this time, Nooyi’s forward thinking and adaptive response to business conditions and consumer expectations allowed her to grow the brand’s revenue from $35 billion to $63.5 billion and share price by 78 per cent.

Now, news reports say Amazon’s 11-member board has five women including Nooyi, Brewer, Deputy Attorney General of the United States Jamie Gorelick, MTV Networks chairman and CEO Judith McGrath and Martha’s Table president and CEO Patricia Stonesifer.

Nooyi has appeared twice on Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People In The World’ list and held the top spot on Fortune’s ‘50 Most Powerful Women In Business’ list for four consecutive years between 2006 and 2010.

“During her visit to Australia she’ll share experiences from the frontline; driving sustainable growth during times of disruption, the power of design thinking and innovation and the business of brand reinvention,” says Karen Beattie, The Growth Faculty’s Managing Director.

Nooyi as in earlier interviews given an insight into her career path, saying that whatever anxieties she had I taking over had to be shelved as she had to “project confidence, optimism, a can-do spirit and a must-do resolve”.

Nooyi is also known for her analytical mind, which is what helped her when she was CFO of PepsiCo, and made the bold decision to overhaul the company’s IT systems, a $1 billion project. She is supposed to have spent her vacation reading IT textbooks, and speaking to professors so she wouldn’t get it wrong.

Nooyi has always maintained that her motivation to succeed was rooted in making her family proud. At PepsiCo, she reportedly wrote letters to the parents of her team members so they can be proud of their children. Nooyi served as PepsiCo CEO from October 2006 to October 2018, where she also served as the chairman of its board of directors from May 2007 to February 2019. She was elected to PepsiCo’s board of directors and became its president and CFO in 2001.

Nooy’s visit is part of The Growth Faculty’s Leader to Leader series which gives Australian business leaders the opportunity to gain knowledge and insights from the world’s most prominent and celebrated CEOs.

“From Simon Sinek to Jim Collins to Martha Stewart, The Growth Faculty is dedicated to delivering powerful learning opportunities to leaders and their teams.” says Ms Beattie. Other headline speakers include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Malcom Gladwell, Jim Collins and George Clooney.

Whether in business, politics or striving for personal growth, The Growth Faculty provides access to globally recognised influential speakers to grow leadership skills, navigate disruption and learn from individuals who have overcome challenges to drive real growth.

For more information, ticketing prices and event details, visit The Growth Faculty website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Tickets for An Evening with Indra Nooyi leaders’ dinner in Melbourne (Monday, 17 June) and Sydney (Tuesday, 18 June) start from $895 and are on sale via www.thegrowthfaculty.com


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