scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Monday, January 17, 2022

From Kolhapur to Chanel’s new CEO: Desi Twitter raises a toast to Leena Nair’s incredible journey

Nair has worked with Unilever for over 30 years and was heading its human resources department before being made the luxury fashion brand’s Global Chief Executive Officer.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 16, 2021 9:28:17 am
Nair's appointment as the CEO of Chanel comes at a time when many people of Indian origin are getting top positions in some of the biggest corporations and companies. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Yoliveros)

As Leena Nair, a 52-year-old British citizen of Indian origin, announced that she will be the new global CEO of French luxury fashion house, Chanel, celebrations broke out on social media, especially among Indians. Nair will be succeeding businesswoman Maureen Chiquet who held the same post for nine years from 2007 to 2016.

Nair, who started her career as a factory floor trainee, has previously held the record of being the first woman and youngest chief human resources officer at multinational firm Unilever.

Her appointment as the CEO of Chanel comes at a time when many people of Indian origin are getting top positions in some of the biggest corporations and companies.

Unlike most fashion house CEOs, Nair does not come from a fashion background. In fact she studied electronics and telecommunications engineering at Walchand College in Sangli, Maharashtra and then pursued MBA in Human Resources from XLRI, Jamshedpur, in 1992. Brought up in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur, she joins the ranks of Indian-origin executives like Sundar Pichai, Parag Agrawal and Satya Nadella who are at the helm of top global companies.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest Trending News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement