PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi will sit on the panel alongside other business leaders including Teslas Elon Musk

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi will sit on the panel alongside other business leaders including Tesla's Elon Musk

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is to join an advisory panel for Donald Trump just weeks after she unwittingly sparked a social media storm over the US president-elect.

Nooyi will join a number of top business executives on the Strategic and Policy Forum. Also joining the panel today is Tesla's Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

Launched in early December, the forum is designed to offer economic advice to Trump, who will takeover from Barack Obama as US president next year. According to an initial announcement, the panel will "be called upon to meet with the president frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the president implements his plan to bring back jobs and Make America Great Again".

Nooyi caused a social media backlash from Trump supporters last month when she reportedly told an audience in the US that in the wake of the presidential election, "we should mourn for those of us who supported the other side. But we have to come together and life has to go on".

Some social media users were angered by the comments, as well as by fake comments wrongly attributed to Nooyi.

Nooyi this year celebrated ten years as PepsiCo CEO as her opposite number at Coca-Cola Co, Muhtar Kent, announced he was stepping down.