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PepsiCo’s Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi Honored at Ad Council’s 58th Annual Dinner Hosted by NBC News’ Lester Holt

Dinner Raised Unprecedented More Than $2.8 Million for the Ad Council

NEW YORK, November 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Last night, the Ad Council honored Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, with its 58th Annual Public Service Award at its Annual Dinner. NBC News’ Lester Holt hosted the event held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.  The dinner is the Ad Council’s largest fundraising event, which raised an unprecedented more than $2.8 million this year.

Chaired by Andrew Robertson, President and CEO of BBDO Worldwide, and Chair of the Ad Council, the dinner served as a tribute to the industries and individuals who support the Ad Council and its public service advertising (PSA) campaigns. The event was attended by more than 1,100 prominent members of the media, advertising and corporate communities and is the Ad Council’s largest fundraising event. Platinum sponsors included AOL, Yahoo! Inc. and Time Warner Inc.

As Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Mrs. Nooyi is committed to “Performance with Purpose,” the company’s mission by which it delivers sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and the planet. Under her direction, PepsiCo has positively impacted countless individuals globally by engaging in initiatives that are both good for business and the communities in which the company operates.

Mrs. Nooyi’s continued dedication to public service is also evident through PepsiCo’s participation in programs promoting active lifestyles and educating families about making smart dietary choices. PepsiCo is a member of the Ad Council’s Coalition for Healthy Children, a collaborative initiative designed to combat the childhood obesity epidemic, and the company has been generously providing financial support to the Ad Council since 1965.

“Indra Nooyi has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to public service through her distinguished career at PepsiCo. Her leadership on community programs worldwide has benefited countless individuals and families throughout the world,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “Indra inspires others to get involved with many of the issues our campaigns address and we are thrilled to have honored her with this award.”

In keeping with tradition, this year’s Annual Public Service award was presented by last year’s recipient, Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation. Prior recipients of the Annual Public Service Award include Jeffrey Immelt (GE), Dick Parsons (Time Warner), Muhtar Kent (Coca-Cola Company), Bill Weldon (Johnson & Johnson), Ken Chenault (American Express), Bob Wright (GE/NBC), Ted Turner, Katharine Graham and A.G. Lafley (Procter & Gamble).

The Ad Council is a non-profit organization with a rich history of marshalling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has effected, and continues to effect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit www.adcouncil.org.