Indra Nooyi Named Class of '51 Chair

By West Point Public Affairs - September 4, 2019


WEST POINT, N.Y. – The U.S. Military Academy Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership recently announced Indra Nooyi as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership.

Nooyi retired as chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world and largest within North America in this category by net revenue. She served with distinction for more than a decade and directed the company’s global strategy and led PepsiCo successfully through restructuring. In 2018, she was named one of the “Best CEOs in the World” by the CEOWORLD magazine and was ranked on consecutively from 2008 through 2017 by Forbes magazine of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

The U.S. Military Academy Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership is a position filled by an eminent leadership practitioner or scholar who helps enhance the ability of both the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and the U.S. Military Academy to fulfill the mission of developing leaders of character.

The selection is a two-year, non-renewable position held within the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership designed to enhance the leadership, education, and development of both cadets and faculty. The chair holder is asked to share his or her significant experiences, foster inspiration, and leverage their professional network on behalf of the department’s and the academy’s interests.

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