PepsiCo chairman joins US World Cup bid board of directors

October 1, 2010

Indra Nooyi, generic buy chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo, has accepted an invitation to join the board of directors for the USA bid committee aiming to host the 2018 or 2022 Fifa World Cup, according to the US Soccer Federation.

Indian-born Nooyi is a renowned leader in the business world and oversees PepsiCo employees in over 200 countries.

Other members on the board of directors include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg,comedian Drew Carey, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya, American soccer stars Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, director Spike Lee, actor Brad Pitt and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Chairman of the bid committee and president of US Soccer, Sunil Gulati, said: “Indra Nooyi has the same gift in developing and overseeing innovative corporate strategy as she does inspiring the people around her and everyone she meets.

“It’s that kind of leadership that will be important to our efforts, and for that reason we are fortunate to welcome Indra to our team. Indra and PepsiCo are also longtime friends of US Soccer so their familiarity with our mission will be extremely beneficial in the months ahead.”