PepsiCo chief executive officer Indra Nooyi is among a number of Indian American women and those of Indian origin on the 2017 Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.
At No. 11, the 62-year-old Nooyi, of Greenwich, Conn., is trying to push Pepsi toward healthier offerings while marketing to customers who aren't ready to give up their Mountain Dew, the publication wrote.
While soda consumption has been declining in the U.S. for more than a decade, finding the right approach to growing the business isn't easy, Forbes noted.
Pepsi recently lost market share in its soda brands because it shifted too much of its promotional spending toward newer brands such as LIFEWTR, it said.
Additionally, Nooyi is working to cut sugar, salt and fat from many Pepsi products by 2025, Forbes said.
This year the company began selling Simply Organic Doritos, the type of product meant to court the Amazon/Whole Foods grocery powerhouse.
In April, the company stumbled by airing a tone-deaf Pepsi commercial starring Kendall Jenner that appeared to reference the Black Lives Matter movement. Nooyi, a graduate of Madras Christian College and the Yale School of Management, responded quickly, immediately pulling the ad, Forbes said.
Nikki Haley, the Indian American U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was in the top half of the list, coming in at No. 43.
A newcomer to the Forbes Power Women list, Haley, the first female Indian American to serve as a U.S. governor, doing so in South Carolina, has been confidently walking a fine line at the United Nations, Forbes said.
As President Trump's U.N. ambassador, the 45-year-old Haley has been tasked with finding ways to work with countries to promote peace and stability while staying close to Trump's America First motto, the publication said.
The Clemson University graduate has been the messenger for many of Trump's concerns over the Iran nuclear deal and has pushed the U.N. to impose new sanctions on North Korea, it said.
In addition to the two Indian Americans, a handful of India-based women were recognized by Forbes.
Among them are ICICI Bank chief executive Chanda Kochhar at No. 32, HCL Corporation CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra at No. 57, Biocon Ltd. founder and chair Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at No. 71, HT Media chair Shobhana Bhartia at No. 92, and Bollywood/Hollywood actress Priyanka Chopra at No. 97.
The list was topped by a pair of political heads in German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May. Philanthropist Melinda Gates, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and General Motors CEO Mary Barra rounded out the top five. Also on the global list was Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, coming in at No. 30.