Anglo-Dutch FMCG major Unilever’s first woman and youngest chief human resources officer Lena Nair has stepped down to join French luxury conglomerate, Chanel, as global chief executive.
In a statement announcing the change in its leadership executive, Unilever said, “Lena Nair, CHRO, decided to leave the company in January 2022 to pursue a new career opportunity as Global Chief Executive Officer, Chanel Limited. has done.”
According to reports, Nair will be based in London in her new position with French luxury group Chanel.
I would like to thank Leena for her outstanding contribution over the past three decades. Lena has been a leader at Unilever throughout her career, but nothing more than her role as CHRO, where she has been a driving force on our equity, diversity and inclusion agenda, our leadership development transformation and our preparedness. For the future of work,” said Unilever CEO Alan Jopp.
She has been instrumental in building our purpose-led, future-friendly organization, which is now the employer of choice in over 50 countries globally.
An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, Nair had joined HUL, the Indian subsidiary of Unilever, in 1992 and worked for 30 years.