Adviser to her father President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump said today that Indra Nooyi has been her mentor and inspiration as she expressed her gratitude for the outgoing PepsiCo chiefs passionate engagement on various social issues. Indra, you are a mentor + inspiration to so many, myself included, Ivanka tweeted. Ivanka said she is deeply grateful for Nooyis friendship and thanked the Chennai-born executive for her passionate engagement on issues that benefit the people of this country, and beyond. In 2016, Nooyi had joined a 19-person Strategic and Policy Forum created by then President-elect Trump as he prepared his economic agenda for the US. However, the forum disbanded in August 2017 in the wake of Trumps confrontational response to a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. PepsiCos Board of Directors unanimously elected Ramon Laguarta, 54, to succeed Nooyi, 62, as Chief Executive Officer. She will remain Chairman until early 2019 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.