Who is Leena Nair

Leena Nair, a top Unilever executive, was on December 14 announced as the new global chief executive of French luxury group Chanel

Nair holds the distinction of being "the first female, first Asian, youngest ever" chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Unilever

Leena Nair is also a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE)

Nair becomes the latest to join the list of Indians who have over the past few years taken up challenging roles at the helm of a global company

Nair, 52, holds the distinction of being "the first female, first Asian, youngest ever" chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Unilever

she began working at different factories of HUL in West Bengal's Kolkata, Tamil Nadu's Ambattur and Maharashtra's Taloja

In 1996, she was was appointed as Employee Relations Manager by HUL, and elevated as HR manager of Hindustan Lever India by 2000.

Nair joined the Unilever Leadership Executive, based in London, in 2016 and became the youngest, first woman and first Asian to be elevated as the CHRO

Unilever CEO Alan Jope said he was thankful to her for the outstanding contribution to the company over the past three decades.

Chris Grosser

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