EP 25: Indra Nooyi on Pepsi, leadership, immigrant mentality, India and meeting Steve Jobs

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Indra Nooyi joins us this week as our special guest. In this episode we talked about her upbringing and early life, her career including leading PepsiCo, her leadership lessons, making it as an immigrant, and her experience meeting Steve Jobs.

On Indra

Born in Madras (Chennai) in Tamil Nadu, India, Indra Nooyi is an American business executive and former chairperson and CEO of Pepsico. She has consistently ranked among the world’s 100 most powerful women. She serves on the boards of Amazon and ICC. In 2007, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Bhushan, the country’s 3rd highest civilian honor.


02:01 – What’s special about Chennaites?
05:37 – Indra, the trailblazer!
07:47 – Being an outsider/immigrant
13:00 – “Performance with purpose!”
14:58 – Views on competition
20:55 – Attention to details
23:06 – Indra’s typical day as the CEO
26:34 – Burnouts
28:10 – Letters to parents
33:47 – Indian CEOs
36:15 – non-founding CEO and bold decisions
38:54 – (Upcoming) Recession
40:45 – Tech and traditional companies
45:52 – Steve Jobs
49:16 – Work-life balance
55:05 – Cricket!
58:44 – Communication skills
1:03:18 – Wrap Up


Indra Nooyi Masterclass
Indra’s book