[Virtual] Class of 2020 Welcome to the Alumni Community with Indra K. Nooyi ’80 and Dennis Tseng ’14
The Office of Alumni Relations is honored and excited to welcome the Class of 2020 to the alumni community. While your time actively studying at Yale SOM is coming to an end, your connection to the school, your classmates, and the greater Yale SOM community is lifelong.
Members of the Class of 2020, please join us on Thursday, May 21st, at 11:30am ET for a “Welcome to the Alumni Community” event with Indra K. Nooyi ’80 and Dennis Tseng ’14. These two exemplary alumni will welcome the class, speak to the question, “What does it mean to be an alum of Yale School of Management?,” and offer insights and advice for the days ahead. Time will be reserved at the end of the event for a Q&A segment with Indra and Dennis, moderated by members of the Alumni Relations team.
For those unable to attend the session a recording will be available after the event. Registration required.
When: Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 11:30am ET
Where: Zoom - https://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J0nZWPT3QpyW5Gd224oaHw
Zoom Webinar - Registration Link in Event Page
Indra K. Nooyi '80
Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo
Indra Nooyi is the former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo (2006-2019); a Fortune 50 company with operations in over 180 countries.
In this role, Mrs. Nooyi was the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world around us. As part of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo was focused on delivering sustained growth by making more nutritious products, limiting its environmental footprint and protecting the planet, and empowering its associates and people in the communities it serves. During her tenure, PepsiCo grew net revenue more than 80%, and PepsiCo’s total shareholder return was 162%.
She directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led its transformation, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc., the acquisition of Tropicana and the merger with Quaker Oats that brought the vital Quaker and Gatorade businesses to PepsiCo, the merger with PepsiCo’s anchor bottlers, and the acquisition of the Russian company Wimm-Bill-Dann, the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo’s history.
Prior to becoming CEO, Mrs. Nooyi served as President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2001, when she was also named to PepsiCo’s Board of Directors. In this position, she was responsible for PepsiCo’s corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, corporate platforms and innovation, procurement, investor relations and information technology. Between February 2000 and April 2001, Mrs. Nooyi was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo. Mrs. Nooyi also served as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development from 1996 until 2000, and as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning from 1994 until 1996.
Before joining PepsiCo in 1994, Mrs. Nooyi spent four years as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, a Zurich-based industrials company. She was part of the top management team responsible for the company’s U.S. business as well as its worldwide industrial businesses, representing about $10 billion of ABB’s $30 billion in global sales.
Between 1986 and 1990, Mrs. Nooyi worked for Motorola, where she was Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning, having joined the company as the business development executive responsible for its automotive and industrial electronic group. Prior to Motorola, she spent six years directing international corporate strategy projects at The Boston Consulting Group. Her clients ranged from textiles and consumer goods companies to retailers and specialty chemicals producers. Mrs. Nooyi began her career in India, where she held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and Mettur Beardsell, Ltd., a textile firm.
Mrs. Nooyi served as a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors between 2001 and February 2019. Currently, Mrs. Nooyi is a member of the board of Amazon and sits on the Audit Committee. She is a member of the International Advisory Council of Temasek, an independent director of the International Cricket Council and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Additionally, Mrs. Nooyi is the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at West Point where she 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. She also serves as an advisor to several early stage companies.
Mrs. Nooyi has received many prizes, accolades and honorary degrees over the years. In 2007, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Bhushan, the country’s 3rd highest civilian honor. In 2007, she was named an “Outstanding American by choice” by the US State Department. In 2019, her portrait was inducted into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mrs. Nooyi is married and has two daughters.
Dennis Tseng '14
Program Manager, Staffing Enablement, Google
Dennis originally trained to become an actor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, but when he attempted to break through into the New York film & television scene, he found an industry that had very little interest in Asian-American voices. So he founded his own theater company, and became a writer, producer, and director, producing 5 seasons of original works and adaptations. At the same time, he worked as a non-profit fundraiser, ultimately raising hundreds of millions of dollars for non-profits up and down the east coast. It was his desire to learn how to bring more resources and opportunity to underrepresented groups in the arts that led him to SOM, where he led the Design & Innovation club and served as Student Government VP for Admissions. After graduating, he moved back to his native Bay Area to work for SYPartners, a design & innovation firm focused on culture and organizational design, where he worked with executives at Hyatt, Apple, AARP, and Starbucks. He's now a part of Google's storied People Operations organization, focusing on storytelling and bringing about more equitable outcomes in Google's hiring processes.