Indra Nooyi, President and CFO of PepsiCo and Noel Tata, Managing Director of Trent, a subsidiary of the Tata Group are the two South Asians that make up 2003 Global Influential list. Short profile of them:
Indra Nooyi's bulldog determination is already the stuff of musical legend -- a friend once rewrote Black Sabbath's Iron Man in honor of the electric guitar-loving PepsiCo president and chief financial officer. ("Driving them up the wall/ Iron Woman rules them all.") Nooyi, 48, plays a mean power chord herself. In 1997 she prodded Roger Enrico, then CEO, to spin off PepsiCo's fast-food business. She later pushed Enrico to buy Quaker Oats and Tropicana, two bold acquisitions that kept the company squarely in snack foods while adding healthier fare to the mix. Strategic vision has always been her strength.
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Noel's managerial record is good. Since taking over Trent in 1999, he has expanded its chain of Westside retail stores, which stock perfume, crockery and Westside's brand of upmarket clothing. Sales were up 33 percent last year, helping his case as unofficial front runner to succeed Ratan in 2008. Noel was also recently appointed to the boards of Titan, the Tata watchmaking unit, and Voltas, an air-conditioning giant.
The Global Influential list comprises of individuals who have created a lasting influence creating industries and reshaping markets. The lists is a collaboration effort from the journalists of CNN and TIME magazine.
Previously, Naina Lal Kidwai, first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business school in 1982 and now the Investment Banking guru at HSBC was part of the 2002 Global Influential list. 2001 Global Influential list also included one South Asian - N.R. Murthy, co founder of Infosys.