Chanel Names Veteran Unilever CHRO As The New Global CEO Of The French Luxury Fashion House

Leena Nair, the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), at British fast moving consumer goods organization Unilever Plc, is going to step down from her job in the month of January.

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New Delhi: On Tuesday, French luxury design house Chanel declared the HR head of Unilever Leena Nair as its new global CEO adding to a rundown of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. executives taking top jobs at the world’s biggest organizations.

Leena Nair, the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), at British fast moving consumer goods organization Unilever Plc, is going to step down from her job in the month of January. She will take on the job at the luxury apparel and bag giant in January 2022, she is going to be based in UK London.

The XLRI-Jamshedpur alumni began her 30-year career as a management trainee in Hindustan Unilever in the year 1992, where she advanced through the roles in factories, sales and also HR to turn into the first women on Hindustan Unilever’s management committee. Following three years as head of leadership and organizational development in London, she was designated as the CHRO in the year 2016 with the responsibility of the organization’s 150,000 employees and also more than 100 nations around the world.

“Leena has been a pioneer throughout her career at Unilever, but no more so than in her role as CHRO, where she has been a driving force on our equity, diversity and inclusion agenda, on the transformation of our leadership development, and on our preparedness for the future of work,” Unilever CEO Alan Jope expressed declaring Leena Nair’s exit.

In the meantime, Reuters had reported, referring to an assertion by Chanel, that Alain Wertheimer, the French tycoon who owns Chanel with his sibling Gerard Wertheimer, and who formerly held the title of global CEO, would now move to the role of global executive chairman of Chanel.

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