The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Friday, appointed PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi as the organization’s first independent female director. The international cricket body said that Nooyi will join the Board in June 2018 to align with the term of the ICC Independent Chairman. The decision to introduce an Independent Director who must be a female, was approved by the ICC Full Council in June 2017 as part of wide-ranging constitutional change aimed at improving the global governance of the sport.
Indra Nooyi is also the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s vision to deliver top‑tier financial performance over the long term by integrating sustainability into the company’s business strategy. Under her leadership, since 2006 PepsiCo has focused on offering more nutritious foods and beverages, minimizing their impact on the environment, and creating opportunities for their employees and people across the markets they serve.
Talking about this appointment, Indra Nooyi said that she loves cricket and is thrilled to join ICC. “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,” Nooyi said.
She will be appointed for a period of two years but can be re-appointed for two further terms with a maximum six-year consecutive period of service.
The ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said he was pleased with the appointment and indicated that it is an important step forward in improving 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,” he said.
Manohar said that the body was looking for a perfect candidate who complements the existing skills and experience it already has. “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,” he added.