Past John Wooden Global Leadership Award Recipients


Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. In its global food and beverage portfolio, PepsiCo has 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo's main businesses include Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola. With more than $66 billion in annual net revenue, PepsiCo makes hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. more >


Peter Ueberroth

Peter V. Ueberroth

Peter V. Ueberroth is managing director of Contrarian Group, an investment and management company. He is also an owner and co-chairman of the Pebble Beach Company. From 1980 to 1984, Peter was president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, the organization responsible for staging the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, the first privately financed Games, resulting in a surplus of $238 million, that continues to support youth and amateur-related sports programs throughout the United States. more >


Fred Smith

Frederick W. Smith,
Chairman, President and CEO, FedEx

Frederick W. Smith is chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, a $35.5-billion global transportation, business services and logistics company. Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx Corporation operating companies, including FedEx Services, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight. FedEx serves more than 220 countries and territories with operations that include 658 aircraft and over 80,000 vehicles. More than 275,000 team members worldwide handle more than 7.5 million shipments each business day. Since founding FedEx in 1971, Smith has been an active proponent of regulatory reform, free trade and "open skies agreements" for aviation around the world. Most recently, he has advocated for vehicle energy-efficiency standards and a national energy policy. more >


Kenneth Chenault

Kenneth Chenault
Chairman & CEO, American Express Company

Kenneth Chenault joined the company in September 1981 as Director of Strategic Planning. He was named President of the Consumer Card Group in 1989, and in 1993 he became President of Travel Related Services (TRS), which encompassed all of American Express' card and travel businesses in the United States. In 1995, he assumed additional responsibility for the company's worldwide card and travel businesses and also was named Vice Chairman of American Express. Mr. Chenault became President and Chief Operating Officer in February 1997. He assumed his current responsibilities as CEO on January 1, 2001, and as Chairman on April 23 of that year. more >


Howard Schultz
Chairman, president & chief executive officer, Starbucks Coffee Company

Howard Schultz, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks Coffee Company, first walked into Starbucks in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1981. Howard was drawn into conversation with these connoisseurs who took great care in not only finding and roasting the highest quality coffee, but also sharing their passion with others. Drawn to Seattle and its extraordinary coffee culture, Howard moved from his native New York and joined Starbucks in 1982 as director of operations and marketing when Starbucks had four stores. more >