Indra Nooyi Receives Honorary Doctorate From Yale

Former PepsiCo chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi was presented with an honorary degree, ‘Doctor of Humane Letters’ by the prestigious Yale University on Monday. Indra Nooyi is an alumni of Yale, having received a degree in Master of Public and Private Management in 1980. She was awarded this recognition for being a global role model who encouraged women and girls to see themselves as top corporate executives.

"Intrepid trailblazer, you have led with purpose, ascending the corporate ladder and encouraging women and girls to picture themselves in the C-suite. With brilliance and fortitude, you have embraced change, seized opportunities, and set an enduring example of success," stated the citation for her at the commencement ceremony on May 20th.

Indra Nooyi began her career in India at Johnson & Johnson and the textile firm Mettur Berdsell, Ltd., before studying business at the Yale School of Management. She then worked for some top firms before joining PepsiCo in 1994. Within a span of seven years, she rose to the position of the CEO and in 2006, she was also named as the President. Under her leadership, she followed the principle, ‘performance with purpose’ by making nutritious products, improving PepsiCo’s environmental practices and empowering employees and their communities.

Indra Nooyi has frequently appeared on the Forbes and Fortune rankings of the ‘World’s Most Powerful Women.’ In 2007, Indra Nooyi was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honor, for ‘distinguished service of a high order’ and an “Outstanding American By Choice” by the U.S. State Department.

-Nitasha Silesh
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