25 September, 2020

I Am OK, You Are OK

Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi faces issues faced by many Indian women

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I Am OK, You Are OK
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Indra Nooyi, the Pepsi CEO, says women can only pretend to have it all. She has been among Forbes magazine’s ‘most powerful women in the world’ feature list since 2006; this year she is ranked at the 13th position. Her salary last year was £7.3m (yep). She has been married for 34 years and has two teenage daughters. It’s a pretty cheerful picture, I would say. If I were Nooyi, I would wake up every single mornings delirious with pride.

Last week, Nooyi was interviewed on stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival and, inevitably, the question of whether or not women can have it all came up. In reply, she told a story about the night she was made president of the company, 14 years ago, when she was only 44. Impressive.

She was working late when she got a call from the chairman, saying they were going to announce her appointment. “I was overwhelmed because, look at my background and where I came from–to be president of an iconic American company and to be on the board of directors, I thought something special had happened to...

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