Amazon gets first Indian Head, Indra Nooyi joins Amazon Board of Directors

NewsBharati    26-Feb-2019

Seattle, Feb 26: The former CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi joined Amazon’s board of directors Monday.

Nooyi, who is successful head of PepsiCo, the snack and beverage company for 12 years, stepped down in October, before becoming CEO of PepsiCo, she is Chief Financial officer in the same farm.

During her 24-year-long tenure at the company, PepsiCo acquired big-name brands, invested in healthy products and fended off a call to split up PepsiCo's (PEP) food and beverage businesses. Nooyi left behind a nimbler company that was more responsive to the evolving tastes of its customers.

Nooyi is the second high-profile addition to Amazon's board this month.

Amazon recently added Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer to its board. Brewer, who has been COO of Starbucks since October 2017, was CEO of Walmart's Sam's Club from 2012 to 2017. She was both the first African American and the first woman to lead a Walmart (WMT) division.

When Nooyi, who was born in India, stepped down, she was one of only a handful of women of color leading a Fortune 500 company. She was key to PepsiCo's 1998 acquisition of Tropicana, the orange juice company. She also directed a merger a few years later with Quaker Oats, which makes oatmeal and Gatorade. she was instrumental in increasing the company's focus on healthier foods and snacks.

Amazon’s 11 member board now have five women which include Nooyi, Brewer, Jamie Gorelick, Judith McGrath, and Patricia Stonesifer.

Amazon said the move formalized a process that was already in place. Other tech companies have vowed to increase diversity among their directors.

Nooyi has also served as a director of Schlumberger Limited since 2015.