By Claire Zillman
November 17, 2016

Anyone who thought the divisiveness of the U.S. election results was reserved for the political realm ought to talk to PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.

Last week, she appeared at a New York Times conference where she congratulated President-elect Donald Trump and urged Americans to “come together.” She then mentioned that she’d found herself responding to employees—particularly those of color, women, and members of the LGBT community—who were concerned about their safety given the election outcome. “I never thought I’d have to answer those questions,” she said.

Now some Trump supporters are accusing Nooyi of “loathing” the soon-to-be commander-in-chief, and they’re demanding a boycott of Pepsi products. Her comments are being taken out of context and interpreted as anti-Trump, reports Fortune‘s John Kell. For instance, Forbes published a story with the headline: “Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi After Trump Election: How Dare You Talk About Women That Way,” and right-leaning blogs are using it as ammunition for a boycott. Nooyi’s comments about women were referring more broadly to coarseness in society—not to Trump in particular—and how it relates to brands’ marketing efforts.

PepsiCo itself isn’t commenting on the boycott, but said Nooyi misspoke only in that she implied that all company employees were upset by the election results. That is not the case.

It’s somewhat ironic that Nooyi began her initial remarks by saying she wanted to give kudos to Trump “because the election is over.” That may be true, but tensions stirred up by the campaign continue to prevail.

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EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA

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At a women’s conference on Tuesday, celebrated human rights lawyer Amal Clooney reflected on the key role models in her life—her mother, who’s a prominent journalist, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. “When I was a junior lawyer [Sotomayor] was incredible to watch in action in court, how she had so many cases in her head and firing questions at these lawyers standing before her,” Clooney said.
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Not losing sleep
With terrorism in Paris and Brussels and the Brexit vote, discount airline EasyJet has had a rough 12-month span, and things could get even worse if the U.K. fails to negotiate access to Europe’s single aviation market. But CEO Carolyn McCall doesn’t seem overly worried. “We believe the government will end up achieving agreement between the U.K. and Europe,” she said. “We are the single largest aviation market in Europe and therefore it’s in everybody’s interests to have an agreement.”
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THE AMERICAS

Out and about
Hillary Clinton made her first public appearance since her concession speech last night at a Children’s Defense Fund event. She said that since the election, she’s been tempted to “just to curl up with a good book or our dogs, and never leave the house again.” But she urged her supporters to keep fighting for her campaign’s causes. “America is worth it. Our children are worth it,” she said.
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Embracing the ambiguous
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Fortune
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Convincing Canada
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson went on a charm offensive in Ottawa this week to try to save the company’s F-35 fighter jet as the replacement for Canada’s aging fleet of Boeings. PM Justin Trudeau has pledged to scrap the deal made under controversial terms during the last administration, but Hewson hasn’t given up hope. She touted the production of the planes as a win for the country’s economy.
Financial Post

 

 


ASIA-PACIFIC

The bright side
This story examines what President Park Geun-hye’s influence-peddling scandal—which is reminiscent of the South Korea of yesteryear—means for the nation’s younger generation, which thought it was on the verge of a state-of-the-art future. It argues that the controversy could actually benefit millennials by finally “cutting the umbilical cord between government and national [corporate] champions,” making way for “smaller, nimbler and more innovative companies to create millions of good paying jobs.”
Barron's
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Recruiting with free rent
The University of Tokyo is taking an interesting approach to increase its share of female students, which has been stuck at less than 20%. It’s offering 30,000 yen per month to new women students that can be applied to their rent.
Japan Today
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Keeping too quiet
Western powers have heralded Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi as a hero of democracy, but she’s facing intense scrutiny for her relative silence on claims that soldiers have raped women of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority amid an outbreak of violence in the nation’s Rakhine state. Suu Kyi has insisted that the situation be dealt with by rule of law, and her stance is complicated since, as de facto leader, she has no control over the military.
Financial Times

 


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