PepsiCo’s Nooyi is ICC’s first independent female director
Indra Nooyi, the chairwoman and chief executive of food and beverage giant PepsiCo, has been named as the International Cricket Council’s first independent female director.
The 62-year-old Indian national will join the board in June, and serve and initial two-year term as ICC independent chairman.
Nooyi (pictured) may be re-appointed for two further terms with a maximum six-year consecutive period of service.
Last year, the ICC's council announced that it would be appointing an independent female director as part of wide-ranging constitutional changes.
Current ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said: “Adding another independent director – particularly a female – is such an important step forward in improving our governance. To have someone of Indra’s calibre is fantastic news for the global game – she is frequently recognized as one of the most influential people in business today, running one of the world’s biggest corporations.
“We undertook a global search looking for the right candidate who would complement the existing skills and experience already on our Board. A cricket enthusiast with experience in the commercial sector and independent of the ICC, any Member or state or associated organization were the primary criteria and in Indra we have found an exceptional new colleague and we look forward to working with her in the future.”
Nooyi, the chief executive of PepsiCo since 2006, has been recognised by US financial magazine Forbes as one of the most powerful women in business.
PepsiCo is a long-time supporter of cricket, notably in the Indian sub-continent. It ended its title sponsorship of the Indian Premier League after the 2015 competition, but remains the main backer of the Pakistan national team.