Leena Nair

Leena Nair appointed as Global CEO of Chanel; Second Indian woman to lead a global company

2 years ago

Leena Nair, the new global CEO of Chanel is the second Indian woman to lead a global company as CEO. First is the former PepsiCo chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Indra Nooyi.

In the list of many Indian-origin CEOs of leading MNC’s such as Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft,  Parag Agrawal, the CEO of Twitter; Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, Leena Nair is the new name.

Leena Nair is going to start the new year as the Global CEO of the French luxury brand Chanel. On her achievement, former PepsiCo chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Indra Nooyi congratulated Leena Nair for taking over as the CEO of luxury fashion company Chanel.

In a Twitter post, Nooyi said, “Dearest @LeenaNairHR, congratulations on your new role as CEO of @CHANEL. It’s been an honor seeing you rise. In all the moments we’ve shared together, you’ve come with a certain joie de vivre and determination — a testament to the leader you are. Everyone, she is one to watch.”


Taking to Twitter, a joyous Nair tweet she was “humbled and honoured to be appointed the Global Chief Executive Officer of Chanel, an iconic and admired company.”

“I am so inspired by what Chanel stands for. It is a company that believes in the freedom of creation, in cultivating human potential and in acting to have a positive impact in the world,” she said in a subsequent tweet.


About Leena Nair

Leena Nair was brought up in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur, did her bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Walchand College of Engineering in Sangli, and an MBA from the prestigious Xavier School of Management (XLRI) in Jamshedpur in 1992.  She joined as a trainee at Hindustan Unilever. In 2016, Leena Nair resigned from the post of the first female and youngest-ever Chief Human Resources Officer of Unilever to join Chanel.

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