Indra Nooyi's climb to the top ranks of an American cultural icon is all the more remarkable in that she didn't even come to the U.S. until the age of 23. Her impact on Pepsi's fortunes made her Fortune's 4th most powerful woman in American business for 2002 (8th in 2003). Since joining Pepsi in 1994 she 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 a $25 billion company with 142,000 employees around the world. It is the world's second largest beverage company after Coca-Cola and fourth largest food and beverage company.
Nooyi honed her corporate finance expertise during four years as vice-president of corporate strategy and planning at Asea, Brown, Boveri, a company that sells power-generation and automation equipment. She filled the same postion at Motorola between 1986 and 1990. She acquired experience with international corporate strategy projects with the Boston Consulting Group after graduating from Yale School of management.
Nooyi obtained an MBA from Calcutta's Indian Institute of Management. She is the mother of two children. She and her husband live in Fairfield County, Connecticut. She has spoken about the difficulties of being a foreign-born woman in the corporate world and is known to wear a saree to corporate functions.
6. Sunlin Chou
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Technology and Manufacturing Group Intel Corporation
Santa Clara, CA
Sunlin Chou exemplifies the spectacular success that can result when a company recognizes, promotes and retains talent. Intel is the first and only employer Chou has had after completing his education. He came aboard in 1971 as a brand-new PhD and moved up through the ranks to become one of its key senior executives. Researchers in his group recently announced the discovery of a new material that will replace silicon dioxide in chips to achieve spectacular increases in computing power by around 2007. In November of 2002 Chou was recognized by Scientific American for leading the development of new materials that made possible the 130 nanometer standard used in the current generation of processor chips.
Sunlin Chou was born in 1946 in Hong Kong. He attended M.I.T. for his bachelors (1966) and masters (1967) degrees in electrical engineering. He joined Intel in 1971 just after completing his PhD at Stanford University. Intel had been founded just three years earlier and Chou was part of its early core staff of development engineers. He designed Intel's first charge-coupled device (CCD) serial memory and went on to oversee development of several generations of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) chips. He also led development of efficicient wafer fabrication processes, ultimately cutting the development cycle down from three years to 18 months. His successes helped inspire and validate the law propounded by boss Gordon Moore (doubling of chip speed every 18 months). Chou has also applied his genius for innovation to other areas of production, including packaging and testing. Since the late 90s Chou has led the Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV LLC) consortium to achieve a scalable lithographic chipmaking technology.
“Indra Nooyi's climb to the top ranks of an American cultural icon is all the more remarkable in that she didn't even come to the U.S. until the age of 23.”