Indra Nooyi “has been courted as an administration ally by Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter who is playing a role in the selection of a nominee,” the report said.

NEW YORK: India-born Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of global beverage giant PepsiCo, is being considered by the White House for the new World Bank president, according to a leading American daily.

Ms Nooyi, 63, stepped down as PepsiCo’s chief last August after leading the company for 12 years.

She “has been courted as an administration ally by Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter who is playing a role in the selection of a nominee,” the The New York Times said.

The report, which cited several people familiar with the process, said the decision-making process for the top post at the World Bank is “fluid and in its initial stages and early front-runners and candidates often fall off the radar, or withdraw from consideration, before the president (Donald Trump) makes his ultimate pick”.

It is unclear whether Ms Nooyi would accept the nomination if chosen by the Trump administration.

The first daughter, who has tweeted that she views Ms Nooyi as a “mentor + inspiration”, has floated her name as a potential successor.

World Bank’s current president Jim Yong Kim had earlier this month announced that he would step down from his post in February to join a private infrastructure investment firm. His unexpected departure came nearly three years before the end of his term.

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