Leena Nair—the new global CEO of French luxury house "Chanel"

The London-based Indian and former Unilever executive has been appointed the new global CEO of the French luxury house

Leena Nair's LinkedIn describes her as "the first female, first Asian, and youngest ever CHRO of Unilever."

Nair, 52, recently made headlines when she was named Global Chief Executive Officer of Chanel, a French luxury house.


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With 30 years experience at Unilever , her appointment is said to be an effort to bring an outsider's perspective to the fashion industry

The XLRI Jamshedpur alumna is also recognised as one of Fortune India's Most Powerful Women 2021 

Alain Wertheimer, who co-owns the brand with his brother Gerard, will move to the role of global executive chairman

Chanel, known for its tweed suits, quilted handbags and No. 5 fragrance, said Nair would join the group in January

Leena Nair said she is “humbled and honoured” to be appointed to the top post at the French luxury fashion house"

Nair joins a long list of Indian-origin CEOs, including Parag Agrawal, Sundar Pichai, and Sadya Nadella, who lead multinational corporations