Leena Nair

Chief Human Resources Officer, Unilever

Chief HR Officer, with a Life Purpose: “To ignite the human spark – to build a better business, and a better world” She is the first female, first Asian, youngest ever CHRO of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE), which is responsible for delivering Unilever’s business & financial performance. Leena bears overall responsibility for the human capital of Unilever, which operates across multiple regulatory and labour environments spread over 190 countries. She ensures the company has the right people, in the right roles, with the right capabilities and mindset to deliver high business performance that enables Unilever to meet its ambitious business growth with environmental and positive social impact. She also heads the Diversity and Inclusion agenda for the organisation ensuring that its workforce is truly diverse and inclusive. In 2007, Leena became the first woman in the Management Committee of Hindustan Unilever in 90 years heading HR. She was also appointed the first woman on Unilever South Asia Leadership Team a year later, team responsible for Unilever's growth in each of the following markets: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, currently around Euros 6 billion. She was Senior Vice President – Leadership & Organisation Development and Global Head of Diversity in 2013, before being appointed as CHRO in March 2016.