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Tata crisis puts spotlight on Asian business gender diversity

More women being appointed to management roles, but progress is painfully slow

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Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, takes part in a panel during the Women In The World Summit in the Manhattan borough of New York in April.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Amid the management turmoil that has engulfed India's Tata Group, Indra Nooyi, chief executive of PepsiCo, the U.S.-based food and beverages group, has emerged as a contender to take over as chairwoman following the sacking of Cyrus Mistry.

If Nooyi does accede to the position, she will become the first female to hold the post at Tata, and one of only a handful of women appointed to chair Indian companies. But speculation about her appointment has already focused attention on the issue of boardroom diversity in Asia.

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