Indra Nooyi, former chairperson and chief executive officer of PepsiCo is among nine women inducted into the 2021 class of National Women’s Hall of Fame (NWHF). Nooyi who has consistently ranked among the world’s most powerful people was honored for her contribution to the business field. The NWHF made the announcement on March 8, International Women’s Day.
The nation’s oldest membership organization, NWHF is dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of these distinguished American women, the organization’s website says, noting that it uses the stories of its inductees as tools for inspiration, innovation and imagination,
During her tenure at PepsiCo, the company grew its net revenue by more than eighty percent, and PepsiCo’s total shareholder return was one hundred and sixty-two percent, the NWHF says in its press release.
PepsiCo expanded significantly during Nooyi’s tenure, acquiring Tropicana Products, Inc., merging with Quaker Oats Company and PepsiCo’s anchor bottlers, and acquiring the Russian company Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods, resulting in the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo’s history.
In addition to her business success as CEO, Nooyi was the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what is right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world.
This pledge included delivering more nutritious products, limiting the company’s environmental footprint, and empowering its associates and the people in the communities PepsiCo serves.
Other women honored include the late renowned author Octavia Butler, former United States Army officer Rebecca Halstead, a multidisciplinary artist Joy Harjo, late philanthropist and educator Emily Howland, late NASA research mathematician Katherine Johnson, former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama, soccer icon Mia Hamm, and feminist artist and educator Judy Chicago. aHaHBnnn
NWHF will celebrate the inclusion of these women into the Hall at the biennial in-person induction ceremony on Oct. 2, 2021 at the its new home, the recently revitalized 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill building in New York. The ceremony will be held monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will be live streamed free to the public.