Indra Nooyi, the PepsiCo chairman and CEO, has been appointed to the ICC board as its first independent female director.
She has been appointed on a 2-year term and she can be re-appointed once her tenure is up for 2 more years. However, she cannot hold this office for more than 6 years.
Talking about Mrs Nooyi’s appointment, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar 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 recognized as one of the most influential people in business today, running one of the world’s biggest corporations,” according to ICC media release.
“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,” he added.
Mrs Nooyi too was excited with the new role she has taken up. “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.”