Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has become the second woman of colour to join e-commerce giant Amazon India’s Board of Directors. Early this month, the Amazon Board had named Starbucks executive Rosalind Brewer.

“We’re thrilled to have elected two new members to our Board of Directors this month. Welcome, Roz Brewer and Indra Nooyi,” Amazon said in its announcement.

At Amazon, Nooyi has joined as a member of the audit committee.

The India-origin Nooyi quit PepsiCo in October last year after being with the company for over two decades and served as its CEO from 2006 to 2018. She joined PepsiCo’s board of directors and became its President and Chief Financial Officer in 2001. She looked after finance, corporate strategy and development, and strategic planning in leadership roles after joining PepsiCo in 1994. Nooyi has also served as a director of Schlumberger Limited since April 2015.

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Before leaving PepsiCo, she penned down an emotional letter to the employees of the company. She wrote, “We face an ever-more-challenging business environment, and we need to get out in front of events and shape them, rather than to wait and be buffeted by them. This means we will have to be bolder and more creative than ever before.”

Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi becomes the second woman of colour to join e-commerce giant Amazon India’s Board of Directors

She added, “Whether you work in operations, sales, R&D, or any of our functions, always have a clear, compelling vision for what you want to accomplish. As it is written in the Book of Proverbs, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish’. And I’ve found that to be true for all of us, no matter our role in the company.”

“Focus on the short-term and the long-term. Yes, you need to hit your short-term targets, but always try to do so in a way that’s sustainable over the long haul, a way that balances the company’s level – and duration – of returns, a way that generates a profit while also making a difference, always advancing the values of Performance with Purpose.”

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