Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, has been named to join the 19-person Strategic and Policy Forum to help U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to prepare his economic agenda for the United States. The group of business leaders, which includes people like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Walt Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Blackstone CEO and Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, will be called upon to meet with the president frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the president implements his economic agenda.
Indra Nooyi (61), an India-born, naturalized American, business executive, ranks second on Fortune’s most recent Most Powerful Women list. She joined PepsiCo in 1994, was named CFO in 2001 and serves as President and CEO of the world’s fourth largest food and beverage company (after Nestlè, AB InBev and Coca Cola) since 2006.
Nooyi was added to the council to give the food and beverage industry a voice. The council, which was originally limited to 16 people, did not have any representative of the food and beverage industry before. It is known, that Nooyi wants to fight tax on sugary drinks, which are, according to her belief, not about health policy, but instead are a way to generate revenues for the government.