Leena Nair

Global Chief Executive Officer, Chanel

Leena Nair has been Global Chief Executive Officer at Chanel since January 2022.

Leena is highly respected as a visionary leader whose ability to champion a long-term, purpose-driven agenda is matched with a consistently strong track record of business outcomes.

Prior to joining Chanel, Leena spent 30 years at Unilever, serving as the company’s Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and a member of their Executive Committee from 2016 to 2021. She built a global reputation for progressive human-centred leadership, delivering significant business impact.

Leena is a member of the Board of the Leverhulme Trust, a charitable organisation focused on supporting education and research. She previously served as a non-executive director at BT plc and the UK Government’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department.

She has won numerous awards in recognition of her career including most recently being named in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business list in 2023, WWD 50 Women in Power List 2023, Forbes India’s W-Power list in 2022, Role Model of Year in 2021 by The Great British Businesswoman's Awards and is part of the Thinkers50 List – Thinkers Who Will Shape the Future of Business.

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