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Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi
Title: Chairman and CEO
Company: PepsiCo
Company rank: 52
Age: 53
Compensation: $13.4 million

Since becoming CEO in 2006, Indra Nooyi has grown the company's top line -- revenue rose 10% in 2008 to $43.3 billion -- and raised its profile in some goodwill-engendering arenas.

Nooyi has pushed PepsiCo to target health-conscious and female consumers, resulting in such new products as Smartfood's low-fat popcorn clusters, low-calorie Trop 50, and Starbucks Frappuccino Lite.

While Pepsi was forced to cut 3,500 jobs and close six plants last year, Nooyi has announced big expansions abroad: $500 million in India, $1 billion in China, and $3 billion in Mexico. PepsiCo will also spend $1.2 billion over the next three years to boost the sales of carbonated soft drinks -- including brands such as Pepsi and Mountain Dew -- in North America.

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Last updated April 21 2009: 3:48 PM ET
Compensation figures include salary, bonus, stock awards, option awards, non-equity incentive plan compensation, change in pension value and non-qualified deferred compensation earnings and all other compensation as reported in the company proxy statement. Figures are for 2008 unless otherwise noted.
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