PepsiCo CEO, Indira Nooyi just announced her retirement. She measurably shifted PepsiCo's lineup from sugary, fatty, salty toxic foods and beverages toward healthier, if not healthy products. Here's what the NY Times had to say about her tenure.
"Ms. Indira Nooyi’s impact on PepsiCo cannot be overstated. Over the past decade, she has transformed the company dramatically...........shifting its products increasingly into healthier beverage and snack choices. In addition to Doritos and Mountain Dew, it now offers customers baked chips and water brands like Lifewtr and Bubly, and it recently acquired Bare Foods, a maker of baked fruit and vegetable snacks. As Ms. Nooyi steered the change, she clashed with activists and other investors who told her that her ideas were flat-out wrong. Today, half of the company’s revenues come from healthier drink and snack products, up from 38 percent in 2006. Still, Ms. Nooyi spent much of her tenure at the top defending her strategy to critics, who included activist investors. When PepsiCo lost market share on its namesake product a few years ago, critics claimed Ms. Nooyi was too focused on the “healthy” strategy.
Here's a list of the 25 Fortune 500 food and beverage industry companies. What if their CEOs followed Ms. Nooy's example? - Sanders DiPiero