Nooyi is the second woman to join the board this month, following Starbucks Corp’s chief operating officer Rosalind Brewer.
Last year Amazon adopted a new policy to increase diversity in the business. The board now has 11 members, five of which are female.
Nooyi stepped down as CEO of PepsiCo last year and early this left her role as chairman of the FMCG giant.
Many took to Twitter to express their delight and confidence in Nooyi stepping into this new role with one user describing her as a “smart and tough CEO”.
— Tony Xia (@tonycgxia) February 26, 2019
Nooyi is also currently serving as a director on the board of oilfield services provider Schlumberger and has been since April 2015.