UCLA Anderson honors PepsiCo CEO with John Wooden Global Leadership Award

Beverly Hills, California - The UCLA Anderson School of Management has announced that PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, consistently recognized as one of the world's most successful and influential business leaders, has been selected to receive the 2012 John Wooden Global Leadership Award.

Nooyi will be honored at a special dinner on November 5 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Nooyi is being honored for her significant business success at PepsiCo and for upstanding leadership that reflects the same high benchmarks of performance, integrity and ethical virtues set by UCLA's legendary John Wooden (1910–2010). As a basketball coach, prolific author and inspiring speaker, Wooden dedicated his life to motivating individuals to achieve their highest potential and instilled in others a sense of pride, a commitment to ethics and a respect for teamwork.

"Indra Nooyi's leadership and vision go well beyond building a successful global corporation," said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson. "She also inspires as a positive influence of business on the world. Under Indra's direction, PepsiCo has achieved strong business results while also creating a foundation for long-term growth with thoughtful initiatives that are good for the planet. Her principle-centered approach to leadership embodies the ideals of Coach Wooden."

Each year, UCLA Anderson presents the Wooden Award to an individual in corporate America who personifies Wooden's extraordinary leadership style. Prior recipients include Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz, American Express chairman and CEO Kenneth Chenault, FedEx Corp. chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith, and business executive Peter Ueberroth.

Proceeds from the dinner event will fund three John Wooden Global Leadership Student Fellowships for UCLA Anderson students who emobdy the leadership qualities and values that Wooden embraced and advocated.

Nooyi, named PepsiCo's CEO in 2006, leads a $65 billion global food and beverage powerhouse with a portfolio that includes 22 brands that each generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. The company's main businesses - Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola - make hundreds of snacks and beverages sold around the world.

Nooyi has consistently delivered strong business and financial results while also taking steps to set PepsiCo on a course toward sustainable long-term growth, particularly through the company's "Performance With Purpose" business strategy, which focuses on reducing operating costs and minimizing environmental impacts, ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace, and playing a positive role in local communities where PepsiCo operates.

For more information on the awards dinner or to purchase tickets, please call 310-206-9816.

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