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'Tallest girl in class': We've recognised new Chanel boss Leena Nair in this photo. Can you?

New Chanel boss Leena Nair completed her schooling in Kolhapur before she earned a degree in electronics engineering from Walchand College of Engineering in Maharashtra’s Sangli.

December 16, 2021 / 08:53 AM IST
Leena Nair 'liked' a photo from her school days in Kolhapur. (Image credit: Photo tweeted by @vijnad)

Leena Nair 'liked' a photo from her school days in Kolhapur. (Image credit: Photo tweeted by @vijnad)


Leena Nair will next month-end take over as the global CEO of Chanel, joining the ranks of Indian-origin corporate bosses who call the shots at Global Inc. Nair, 52, was the first woman and the youngest Chief Human Resources Officer of Unilever - a position she resigned from to join the iconic French luxury group.

While Indian Twitter was ecstatic about Nair’s elevation to the top post at Chanel, a particular tweet caught her attention, possibly taking her back to her childhood in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur.

She liked a tweet and a photo posted by Vijaylakshmi Nadar, a resident of Dallas, Texas. The tweet had a photo of Nair from her school days at Holy Cross Convent in Kolhapur; a class group photo.

“And your school teacher Ms Jeev Chahal, from Holy Cross Convent shared this adorable class picture of yours, with the comment ‘tallest girl in the class’,” Nadar wrote, tagging Nair who acknowledged the photo with a ‘like’.

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Leena Nair completed her schooling in Kolhapur before she earned a degree in electronics engineering from Walchand College of Engineering in Maharashtra’s Sangli.

Read: What Leena Nair said after becoming Chanel's first Indian-origin global CEO

In the early years of her career, she began working at different factories of Hindustan Unilever (HUL) in West Bengal capital Kolkata, Tamil Nadu's Ambattur and Maharashtra's Taloja.

In 1996, she was was appointed as Employee Relations Manager by HUL, and elevated as HR manager of Hindustan Lever India by 2000.

Read: When Chanel boss Leena Nair got a ‘kick in the pants’ from mentor Indra Nooyi

She describes India-born former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi as a friend and mentor, and is the second woman of Indian-origin to be a global CEO. Her appointment at Chanel also brings her to the league of other Indian-origin executives like Sundar Pichai, Parag Agrawal and Satya Nadella who are at the helm of top global companies.
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first published: Dec 16, 2021 08:45 am
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