CEO of Chanel: Leena Nair

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16 December 2021 Current Affairs:French fashion house Chanel named Leena Nair, an executive from Unilever, as its new global CEO. 


  • Nair’s career at Unilever spanned 30 years, last because of the chief of human resources and a member of the chief committee. 
  • The recruitment of Nair, who rose through the ranks of Unilever, having begun as a trainee on the factory floor, comes because the apparel industry is struggling to point out a more inclusive approach.
  • A British national born in India, Nair may be a rare outsider at the helm of the tightly controlled family fashion house, known for its tweed suits, quilted handbags, and No. 5 perfume. 
  • The 52-year-old follows US businesswoman Maureen Chiquet, who came from a fashion background and was CEO of Chanel for nine years until early 2016. 
  • Chanel was founded in 1910 by fashion legend Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel as a hat boutique on rue Cambon in Paris and grew to become a byword for French chic.

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