Unilever: Leena Nair

Leena has been with Unilever since 1992.

Unilver CHRO Leena Nair has been with the organisation for 27 years. Prior to her current role, Leena served as Global Senior Vice President for Leadership and Organisational Development and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion. Before this, she undertook a wide range of HR roles in India and, as VP HR South Asia, she led the talent and organisation strategy that was a significant enabler in helping the business deliver its vision. She embedded performance culture as a way of life and transformed employee relations into a proactive employee-centric function. As General Manager of HPC and Foods and Head of Management Development for Hindustan Unilever (HUL), Leena led the move of the Foods business from Bangalore to Mumbai and created a model for building capability that is now used across the company. Since 1992, when she joined Unilever as a trainee, Leena has had many firsts to her credit, from being one of the first female managers to opt for a factory stint to becoming the first woman on HUL’s management committee and its youngest executive director. She is the first female and youngest ever CHRO of Unilever. She is also a Trustee of the Leverhulme Trust.


2016: CHRO, Unilever 

2013: SVP HR Leadership and Organisational Development and Global Head

          of Diversity, Unilever

2007: Executive Director HR, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL, formerly known

          as Hindustan Lever)

2006: General Manager HR, Hindustan Lever

2004: General Manager HR of Home and Personal Care, Hindustan Lever 

2003: HR manager of Home and Personal Care, Hindustan Lever 

2000: HR manager, Hindustan Lever 

1997: Management Development Planning Manager, Hindustan Lever

1996: Employee Relations Manager, Hindustan Lever

1993: Factory Personnel Manager, Lipton (India) Ltd 

1992: Management Trainee, Hindustan Lever


1990 - 1992: Diploma in Personnel Management, XLRI Jamshedpur

About Unilever

Unilever is a global fast-moving-consumer-goods group headquartered in London, United Kingdom and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Its portfolio ranges from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, affordable soaps, luxurious shampoos and everyday household care products. The company produces world-leading brands including Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Axe, Hellmann’s and Omo, alongside trusted names and innovative-forward thinking brands like Ben & Jerry’s, The Dollar Shave Club and Dermalogica.