The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that they have appointed PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi as an Independent Director. Nooyi will join the ICC board in June 2018, after a unanimous confirmation. She will be the council’s first female independent director.
Indra Nooyi said, “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.”

Indra Nooyi
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi
Nooyi’s appointment is on the back of a massive constitutional change to improve global governance. A motion that was approved by the ICC Full Council in June 2017. She will take over the role for a two-year term, but there is a provision for reappointment for two more terms. An independent director can hold the office for a maximum term of six consecutive years.
The ICC’s Independent Ethics Officer and PepsiCo’s General Counsel reviewed the move to test for any potential conflicts of interest. ICC Chairman, Shashank Manohar, welcomed the announcement. He 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.
He continued, “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.”


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