Indra Nooyi, the PepsiCo chairman and CEO, has been appointed to the ICC board as its first independent female director. Nooyi, whose appointment was unanimously confirmed in a meeting on Friday, will join the board in June 2018.
Last year, the ICC had approved a wide list of changes to its governance structure, including the expansion of its Board to 17 directors: 12 Full Members, three Associates, the ICC chairman, and an independent director who must be a woman. In November 2017, the ICC opened the recruitment process for the post.
"I love the game of cricket," Nooyi said. "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."
"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," the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said. "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."
The independent director will be appointed for a two-year term, and may be reappointed for two further terms with a maximum six-year consecutive period of service.