Forbes just announced its annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, and the top 10 include Indra Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsi-Co (at number three), and Pat Woertz, the CEO of Archer Daniels Midland, a food processing and agricultural company (at number eight).
Pepsi-Co’s products go beyond soft drinks. Several of their products were included this year in the best new products Forbes list, including Starbucks, Muller Quaker Yogurt, and Mountain Dew Kickstart, thanks to Nooyi’s efforts. Pepsi-Co’s profits have risen 72 percent under her leadership since she became CEO in 2006.
You may not have heard of Archer Daniels Midland, but you’ve probably eaten their food. ADM supplies many of the ingredients that go into manufactured food products the world over, like sweeteners, starches, meat casings, and other processed products. Woertz, CEO since 2006, has pushed the company to diversify.
The most powerful woman in business is Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM, according to Forbes.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi