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Indra Nooyi, a mother first, then a CEO

September 27, 2007
Indra Nooyi's job as CEO of global beverage giant Pepsico is second only to her role as mother, while her husband figures a poor third on her priority list.

"I'm a mother first, then a CEO, then a wife," said Nooyi, named fifth most powerful women in the world by Forbes, during a discussion on 'Women and Global Leadership' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Yale Club in New York.

For a woman who helped Pepsico look beyond aerated drinks business and sell fast foods over a decade back, she finds it difficult at times essaying what she calls her most important role, that of a mother.

Indra Nooyi seen here with her daughter at the India Abroad Person of the Year award ceremony in March this year in New York City.

Text: M Karthikeyan in New York/PTI
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi

Also read: India Abroad Person of the Year, 2006


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