Trump transition team picks CEO Indra Nooyi for Strategic Economic Forum

Indian American ranks among World’s 100 most powerful women


Washington, DC: The Trump transition team announced Wednesday that Pepsico chief Indra Nooyi will be joining the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum. The newly formed executive forum will focus on creating jobs and economic productivity. The non-partisan forum will advise the President-elect on perspectives from the private sector as he embarks on his economic plan. Other heavyweight chiefs to figure in today’s announcement are SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick.


In a statement released Wednesday morning President-elect Trump said, “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.”


Indra Nooyi, a naturalized US citizen was born in Chennai, India and received her bachelor degree from Madras Christian College in 1974, an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976 and a master’s degree in Public & Private Management from Yale School of Management in 1978. Nooyi joined Boston Consulting Group, later holding strategy positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri. In 1994 Nooyi joined Pepsico where she was named CFO in 2001 and then President and CEO in 2006.  A highly-celebrated leader in the business world, Nooyi was named to Institutional Investor's Best CEOs list in the All-America Executive Team Survey in 2008 to 2011. Nooyi is also Yale’s biggest alumni donor, and the prestigious Yale School of Management will name its deanship in her honor. A supporter of Hillary Clinton for presidency, Nooyi had criticized candidate Trump for the misogyny in his past utterances,


Nooyi joins other Indian Americans nominated by the Trump transition team. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was nominated as the US Ambassador to the United Nations and Health policy consultant Seema Verma, has been nominated to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Real estate businessman Sandeep Mathrani and first Hindu American Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard have also consulted with President-elect Trump.


Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC lauded the announcement saying, “USINPAC is working closely with the Trump transition team, proposing several talented people. We will continue to work closely with the new administration to make America great again.”


Indian Americans desiring to work with the incoming administration should send their resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community. Visit www.usinpac.com for more details.



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