United States President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday appointed PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi as a member in his Strategic and Policy forum, which would help him implement his economic agenda. She is the only Indian-American executive who is part of Trump's 19-member advisory council.
"America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this Forum today are at the top of their fields. My administration is going to work together with the private sector to improve the business climate and make it attractive for firms to create new jobs across the United States from Silicon Valley to the heartland," Trump's statement said.
Trump's transition team said that the advisory council members would regularly give him views on government policy, job-creation and productivity "in a frank, non-bureaucratic and non-partisan manner."
The forum is headed by Stephen Schwarzman, the CEO of the investment company Blackstone. It also includes Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric; Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla; Travis Kalanick of Uber; Jamie Dimon of Chase; and General Motors' Mary Barra.
Nooyi, 61, heads PepsiCo, which has an annual revenue of more that $63 billion and employees over 110,000 people. Following the November 8 election, the Indian-American (who was known as a Hillary Clinton supporter) was in news for her strong comments, when she said Trump's victory left her daughters, gay workers, female employees and non-whites devastated, as they were seriously concerned about their safety in the US.