Unilever CHRO Leena Nair quits; joins French luxury fashion house Chanel as global chief executive
Leena Nair, an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, had joined HUL, Unilever's Indian subsidiary, in 1992 and worked there for 30 years.
Tuesday December 14, 2021,
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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.
"I am so inspired by what Chanel stands for. It is a company that believes in the freedom of creation, in cultivating human potential and in acting to have a positive impact in the world," Leena tweeted.
She was a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE), which is responsible for delivering Unilever's business and financial performance.
"Leena Nair, CHRO, has decided to leave the company in January 2022 to pursue a new career opportunity as Global Chief Executive Officer, Chanel Ltd," Unilever said in a statement while announcing the change to its executive leadership Executive.
According to the reports, Nair, in her new position with the French luxury group Chanel, will be based in London.
"I would like to thank Leena for her outstanding contribution over the last three decades. 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 said.
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 added.
Leena, an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, had joined HUL, Unilever's Indian subsidiary in 1992 and worked for 30 years.
She took to Twitter to express her gratitude to Unilever, "that has given so many opportunities to learn, grow and contribute to a truly purpose-driven organisation."
"I will always be a proud advocate of Unilever and its ambition to make sustainable living commonplace," she added.
(Additional information has been added to this PTI copy for context)
Edited by Kanishk Singh