Another Indian name is making headlines this year as former Unilever executive Leena Nair takes on the role of Chanel’s new global CEO.
Leena Nair’s Wikipedia description of “Unilever’s first female, first Asian, youngest human resources director and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE)” will soon have another major addition as she will join the French luxury house Chanel.
French luxury brand Chanel appoints Leena Nair as global CEO
Nair shares over 30 years of experience at Unilever, where she started as a management trainee in 1992. Under her leadership, Unilever was named the top employer of choice for FMCG graduates in 54 countries. She leads the organization’s diversity and inclusion program, ensuring its workforce is diverse and inclusive. Nair is an advocate for human-centered workplaces and compassionate leadership.
The electronics engineer from Kolhapur was also named Unilever’s first female senior management team for South Asia a year later. The team was responsible for Unilever’s growth in each of the following markets: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Alain Wertheimer, who co-owns the brand with his brother Gerard, will serve as global executive chairman. He has been CEO since the departure of Maureen Chiquet, head of American fashion, in 2016.
Chanel, known for its tweed suits, quilted handbags and No. 5 perfume, said Nair would join the group in January, adding that the new appointments would ensure its “long-term success as a private company”. .
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