Leena Nair: Know the first female CEO of French luxury brand Chanel

She was born on 11 June 1969 in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur. Leena did her schooling at Holy Cross Convent High School, and The New College, both in Kolhapur. She did her graduation from Walchand College of Engineering in Electronics and TELECOMMUNICATIONS. She did MBA from Xavier School of Management and won the gold medal (1990-1992).

Leena Nair is the CEO of the fashion house brand, Chanel. She is a multi-talented person and entrepreneur. She is smart in business management. Her Net Worth is $ 8.5 Million Dollars (Approx), according to media reports. Leena is one of the most influential women in the corporate world. Leena Nair is a British Indian business executive and is the first female CEO of the French luxury brand Chanel.

She was born on 11 June 1969 in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur. Leena did her schooling at Holy Cross Convent High School, and The New College, both in Kolhapur. She did her graduation from Walchand College of Engineering in Electronics and TELECOMMUNICATIONS. She did MBA from Xavier School of Management and won the gold medal (1990-1992).

Leena Nair started her career with the Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) in 1992 as a management trainee and has since then never looked back. Nair became the Executive Director of HR of Hindustan Unilever Limited in 2007. In 2013, she was appointed as SVP HR Leadership and Organizational Development and Global Head of Diversity and Chief Human Resources Officer, and a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive in 2016.

Leena Nair is the second woman of Indian origin after Pepsico’s former chief Indra Nooyi to take over as global CEO of a company. Leena Nair follows Indra Noyri as her mentor.

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At HUL, over a period of 10 years starting in 2010, she helped the company achieve a 50/50 gender balance across global leadership. Nair previously served as the Chief Human Resource Officer of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive.

In 2016, Nair became Unilever's "first female, first Asian, youngest ever" chief human resources officer. In December 2021, Nair was appointed chief executive officer of Chanel. She is the mentee of Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo.

She is ranked on the list of most popular Business People and in the elite list of famous celebrities born in India.

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She was also a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive which is responsible for delivering Unilever’s business financial performance and its ambitious environmental and positive social impact objectives. Her agenda at HUL also included a commitment to pay the living wage across its whole supply chain. She has worked for 30 years at Unilever.

Leena has received the following awards and recognitions-

Role Model of Year, The Great British Business Women's Awards (2021)
Fortune India's Most Powerful Women's List(2021)
Global Indian of the Year – The Economic Times’ Prime Women Leadership Awards (2020)
LinkedIn Top Voice (2018-2020)
Thinkers50 List – Thinkers Who Will Shape the Future of Business (2019)
Top 10 list of FT HERoes Champions of Women in Business by the Financial Times (2017-2019)
Recognized by Queen Elizabeth II as one of the accomplished Indian Business Leaders in the UK (2017)


British national Nair, who featured in Fortune magazine’s 2021 list of most powerful women, is widely praised for her people-focused approach to business. “When you look after your people, they will look after the business,” she told the magazine.

Leena Nair is married to Kumar Nair. The couple is blessed with two sons- Aryan Nair and Sidhant Nair.

In her leisure time, she loves reading, dancing, and loves running.