Who is Leena Nair, the New CEO of Luxury Brand Chanel

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Published: December 15,2021 03:03 PM
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Leena Nair, a top Unilever executive, was announced as the new global chief executive of French luxury group Chanel on Tuesday, December 14.

December 15, 2021: Leena Nair, a top Unilever executive, was announced as the new global chief executive of French luxury group Chanel on Tuesday, December 14. Nair was born in Kolhapur in Maharashtra and studied in India.



Nair, 52, holds the distinction of being "the first female, first Asian, youngest ever" chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Unilever. She was also a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE).



Nair's professional career currently spans for around 30 years. She had joined the Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) as a management trainee, back in 1992, after obtaining a gold medal from the Xavier School of Management - one of the top B-schools of India.



She was among the rare female employees at the time who opted for factory roles, and was appointed as the factory personnel manager of Lipton (India) Ltd in 1993.



In the early years of her career, she began working at different factories of HUL in West Bengal's Kolkata, Tamil Nadu's Ambattur and Maharashtra's Taloja.



She was elevated as HR manager of Hindustan Lever India by 2000.



In 2004, Nair was appointed as general manager HR of 'home and personal care India' by the company, and was further elevated as general manager HR in 2006.



A year later, she assumed the charge of executive director HR of HUL, and in 2013, she was elevated as Unilever's senior vice president, HR, responsible for leadership and organisational development, and also took over as the global head of diversity in the same year.



Nair joined the Unilever Leadership Executive, based in London, in 2016 and became the youngest, first woman and first Asian to be elevated as the CHRO.