Monday, Sep 19
12:00 PM to 02:00 PM Crain’s: “Crain’s Most Powerful Women in New York City 2011” 583 Park Ave. Meet these elite women and join Crain’s in commemorating their accomplishments.
3. Indra Nooyi
Chairman and CEO
Over the past two years, Ms. Nooyi’s leadership of the second-largest food and beverage company in the world has been marked by big acquisitions. PepsiCo’s revenues grew 33% last year, to $57 billion, after the company completed the purchase… Read More of its two largest bottlers.
Ms. Nooyi, 55, bought a controlling interest this year in Russia’s largest food and beverage business, Wimm-Bill-Dann. The deal is meant to expand the company’s reach abroad, where it generates 47% of its revenues.
Last year, Pepsi lost its rank as the country’s second-most-popular soft drink to diet Coke. But as Ms. Nooyi continues to shift her company’s offerings toward healthier snacks and beverages, the soda wars may not matter so much anymore.
6. Andrea Jung
Chairman and CEO
Avon Products Inc.
Avon has thrived during Ms. Jung’s dozen years at the helm. The 52-year-old executive is credited with successfully expanding the door-to-door beauty company beyond its “Avon Lady” callings into other retail categories…. Read More It recently acquired silver jewelry maker Silpada Designs and baby-products retailer Tiny Tillia, as well as natural-skin-care brand Liz Earle Beauty.
These moves helped Avon, which turns 125 this year, generate revenue of $10.9 billion in 2010, a 6% rise over 2009 levels. However, Ms. Jung does have her share of problems, including bribery allegations made against Avon in overseas markets—claims that the CEO has been investigating internally for the past three years.
46. Suri Kasirer
Ms. Kasirer, 51, is New York City’s most successful lobbyist. In 2010, her firm generated revenues of $4.2 million, which made it the highest-grossing lobbying firm in the Big Apple.
In the past year, the Queens native and former aide to Gov. Mario Cuomo has helped negotiate the rezoning of… Read More Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory—a $1.4 billion project—and win renewal of the 30% tax credit for the film and television industries.
Ms. Kasirer also manages to teach her three children, all under the age of 4, to read, swim and paint.