The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Indra Nooyi as its first female independent director.
Nooyi, who is the chairman and chief executive of US beverage and snack giant PepsiCo, will assume her new role with the world governing body in June 2018 to align with the term of the ICC independent chairman. Her appointment was unanimously confirmed in a meeting on Friday, and she will serve a two-year term with the option of being re-appointed for a further two terms.
The introduction of an independent director who must be female was approved by the ICC’s council in June 2017 as part of a range of constitutional changes aimed at improving the global governance of the sport.
At PepsiCo, Nooyi is responsible for a global food and beverage portfolio that includes 22 brands.
The 62-year-old also spearheads PepsiCo’s project ‘Performance with Purpose’, which aims to deliver top-tier financial performance over the long term by integrating sustainability into the company’s business strategy.
Since 2006, she has focused on increasing PepsiCo’s offering of nutritious food and beverages and on minimising the firm’s impact on the environment.
Shashank Manohar, chairman of the ICC, said: "We are delighted to welcome Indra to the ICC. 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 recognised 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 organisation 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 added: "I love the game of cricket. I played it as a teenager and in college, and to this day, I cherish the lessons the game taught me about teamwork, integrity, respect, and healthy competition. I am thrilled to join the ICC as the first person to be appointed to this role. And I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board, ICC's incredible partners, and cricketers around the world to grow our sport responsibly and give our fans a new reason to follow every ball and shot."