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Indian-born Leena Nair named global CEO of French fashion group Chanel, World News

Of Indian origin, Leena Nair has been appointed Global CEO of French fashion house Chanel.

Nair, who is a British nationalist, will join Chanel by the end of January next year and be based in London, the group said.

He added that the new appointments would ensure his “long-term success as a private company”.

After being named CEO, Nair said in a tweet that she was honored to be the global CEO of the French group.


The 52-year-old would replace American businesswoman Maureen Chiquet, who came from the fashion world and CEO of Chanel for nine years until early 2016.

Nair, who at Unilever supervised 150,000 people, started out as an intern in the factory.

Nair’s appointment comes as the fashion industry is under pressure to display a more inclusive approach.

Nair is a non-executive board member of BT and previously served as the non-executive director of the UK government’s business, energy and industrial strategy department.

Chanel was founded in 1910 by fashion legend Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel as a rue Cambon hat boutique in Paris and has become a synonym for French chic.

The luxurious fashion house is known the world over for its quilted handbags, No.5 perfume and tweed suits.

Chanel is owned by 73-year-old French billionaire Alain Wertheimer.

Alan and his brother Gérard Wertheimer became the two owners of the luxury French fashion house in 2016.

(With contributions from agencies)

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