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Opinion DC Comment 08 Aug 2018 A global Indian achi ...

A global Indian achiever

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 8, 2018, 7:00 am IST
Updated Aug 8, 2018, 7:00 am IST
The global corporate world will lose a prominent woman CEO in Chennai-born Indra Nooyi.
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi
 PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi

The global corporate world will lose a prominent woman CEO in Chennai-born Indra Nooyi. She was not only a dynamic chief executive but also a leading representative of women’s causes, never afraid to take a stand on gender issues and women’s safety. As Pepsi’s boss, she achieved many things, like standing up to an activist investor and raising her voice over unfair taxes on soda, for their sugar content. She steered the fizzy drinks/salty snacks maker away from dietary profligacy by giving it a healthy makeover, serving up snacks and drinks of lesser calories. Indra was a symbol of what women can do in tasks handled predominantly by men.

People in high positions are usually reluctant to speak up on social issues. Not Indra, a success story herself as a middle-class Chennai girl who went on to shine in the US. She was one of the first to publicly express concerns over Donald Trump’s early actions as US President, not only because these were likely to harm US multinationals but also as his rhetoric against Muslims and immigrants disturbed domestic peace. Her stand on the safety of all people, including non-whites and LGBTQI, in the US, was much appreciated. As a woman, in addressing the concern many mothers have over healthy food for kids, she won many hearts.

 

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