In a proud moment to Indians Leena Nair, the first female and youngest-ever Chief Human Resources Officer of Anglo-Dutch FMCG major Unilever has stepped down to join French luxury group Chanel as its Global Chief Executive. The group on Tuesday named Unilever executive Nair as its new Global Chief Executive, based in London.
All the statements regarding the 52-year-old Nair’s appointment, whether from the luxury brand or the consumer leader, highlight her ability to deliver business outcomes while retaining a humane and compassionate approach.
Overwhelmed by the love and support my appointment as @CHANEL CEO has got. Thank you! Please trust that I am reading every comment, even if I don’t reply to everyone individually. 🙏
— Leena Nair (@LeenaNairHR) December 14, 2021
The statement released by Unilever CEO Alan Jope lauded the contributions of Leena over the last three decades. “She has played a critical role in building our purpose-led, future-fit organisation, which is now the employer of choice in over 50 countries globally,” he said.
Nair, an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, had joined HUL, Unilever’s Indian subsidiary in 1992 and worked for 30 years.