PepsiCo Chairman, CEO Endows Deanship at Yale SOM

The Yale School of Management is on a hot streak of late: Dean Edward Snyder was named Dean of the Year by Poets and Quants and has been reappointed to a second term; full-time MBA application volume is up; and post-graduation salaries rival peer schools such as University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

The SOM has once again made news with the recent announcement that a donation from alumna Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Inc, makes her the most generous alumni donor in the school’s history, and the first woman to endow a deanship at a top business school, the Indra Nooyi Deanship. The amount has not been disclosed.

Indra Nooyi Yale SOM“My gift to this wonderful institution pales in comparison with the gift that Yale gave me — the fundamental understanding that leadership requires an expansive worldview and a deep appreciation of the many points of intersection between business and society,” Nooyi said in a press release.

This gift will establish the Fifth Decade Innovation Fund, so named because the first class entered the business school in 1976 and the SOM now celebrates its 50th year. The fund aims to advance the SOM’s mission of cultivating leaders with a global mindset, and is open to additional contributions that would further develop and support the infrastructure and technology required of future initiatives.

According to a bio statement released by Yale SOM, Nooyi has served as chief executive officer of PepsiCo since 2006, and chairman since 2007. She is the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, the company’s promise to deliver top-tier financial performance over the long term by integrating sustainability into its business strategy and leaving a positive imprint on society.

Snyder, who is the inaugural Indra K. Nooyi Dean, lauded her accomplishments at PepsiCo and said, “Having the deanship named in her honor communicates to the world the school’s model of purposeful and broadminded leadership.”

For more information about Nooyi and this historic gift, please read: PepsiCo Chairman & CEO Indra K. Nooyi ’80 Endows Deanship at Yale School of Management.

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