Fashion House Chanel Hires Unilever Consumer Goods Veteran as CEO | Investing News

By Silvia Aloisi and Mimosa Spencer

PARIS (Reuters) -French fashion house Chanel named Leena Nair, an executive from Unilever, as its new global CEO on Tuesday, picking a consumer goods veteran to run one of the world’s biggest luxury goods groups.

Nair’s career at Unilever spanned 30 years, most recently as the chief of human resources and a member of the company’s executive committee.

A British national, born in India, Nair is 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 U.S. businesswoman Maureen Chiquet, who came from a fashion background and was CEO of Chanel for nine years until early 2016.

French billionaire Alain Wertheimer, a 73-year-old who owns Chanel with his brother Gerard Wertheimer and had originally taken on the CEO job on a temporary basis, will move to the

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Fashion house Chanel hires Unilever consumer goods veteran as CEO By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of fashion house Chanel is seen on a store in Paris, France, June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

By Silvia Aloisi and Mimosa Spencer

PARIS (Reuters) -French fashion house Chanel named Leena Nair, an executive from Unilever (LON:), as its new global CEO on Tuesday, picking a consumer goods veteran to run one of the world’s biggest luxury goods groups.

Nair’s career at Unilever spanned 30 years, most recently as the chief of human resources and a member of the company’s executive committee.

A British national, born in India, Nair is 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 U.S. businesswoman Maureen Chiquet, who came from a fashion background and was CEO of Chanel for nine years until early 2016.

French billionaire Alain Wertheimer, a 73-year-old

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20 Seriously Chic Fragrances That Go Beyond Perfume: Le Labo, Tom Ford, Chanel, and More

Scents hold power. For you, your family, your coworkers or friends, fragrances can document time and create interpersonal connections. Olfactory signals trigger the brain’s limbic system, a gateway to emotion and memory, according to Harvard studies. For fashion houses like Chanel and Gucci, as well as such musicians as Billie Eilish and Dolly Parton (both of whom launched perfumes in 2021), fragrance is also an invisible calling card. If a fan can wear merch that scientifically sparks feeling, the value is obvious. How, then, does one navigate the many fragrant ways of making memories?

“I don’t believe people should be limited to just one scent,” explains perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, making a case for multiple options “to suit different occasions and moods.” Though the French nose has spent decades designing fragrances for brands ranging from Burberry to Jean Paul Gaultier, Kurkdjian has lately become something of a household name, thanks to

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“Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifestio” Will Travel To Melbourne’s NGV

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 14: A general view during the announcement of Gabrielle Chanel Fashion Manifesto at National Gallery of Victoria on July 14, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition will be on display at NGV International in Melbourne from 5 December 2021 to 25 April 2022. (Photo by Kim Landy/Getty Images for NGV)

“You enter the exhibit and you’re thrown into the ’20s and you have Gabrielle Chanel’s first pieces”, Margaret Qualley says. The award-winning actress and global Chanel ambassador was one of the first people in the world to preview Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto when it premiered at the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris in October 2020.

In partnership with Palais Galliera and support from Chanel, the exhibition will make its first international debut at the world-renowned National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. From December 4, 2021 to April 25, 2022, the gallery

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