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Nooyi, Rosenfeld and Brewer named ‘most powerful women’

Sunday, August 26, 2012  
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Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of NEW foundation sponsor PepsiCo; Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO of foundation sponsor Kraft Foods; and Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club at foundation sponsor Wal-Mart Inc. have been named three of "The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes magazine.

Nooyi, Rosenfeld and Brewer were among politicians, humanitarians and others highlighted by Forbes in August 2012. They were chosen from a preliminary group of more than 200 candidates from around the world, including influential women from seven power bases: billionaires, business, lifestyle (including entertainment and fashion), media, nonprofits and non-governmental organizations, politics and technology. To determine overall rank on the list of 100, Forbes applied three metrics: money, media and impact.

Nooyi (number 13) returned $5.6 billion to shareholders last year, when PepsiCo net revenue grew 14 percent to $66 billion, the magazine noted. Rosenfeld (14) orchestrated the corporate split of Kraft's North American grocery business and its global snacks business into two independent public companies, a move that is expected to be completed this year. Rosenfeld will lead the $35 billion snacks company, now called Mondelez International. Brewer (50) made history earlier this year when she was named the first woman and first African American to become CEO of a Wal-Mart business unit.  


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