BT appoints Unilever CHRO Leena Nair to Board

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by Mark Johnson

Leena Nair is joining the BT Board as a non-executive director and as a member of the Remuneration Committee, the Nominations Committee and the Digital Impact & Sustainability Committee. 

Her appointment takes effect from the end of BT’s Annual General Meeting on 10 July 2019.

Nair brings broad functional HR expertise to the BT Board, and has an outstanding record in driving large scale change and transformation. 

Unilever CHRO

She has been Chief Human Resources Officer at Unilever, a leading company in the “fast moving consumer goods” sector, since March 2016 where she has overall responsibility for the global people agenda for Unilever’s 160,000 employees. 

Nair is also a member of Unilever’s leadership executive.

Government posts

She has been a non-executive director of the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since 2018 and is chair of its Nominations and Governance Committee.

Prior to her current role, Nair held a number of senior HR roles at Unilever, including: Senior Vice President for Leadership and Organisational Development and Global Head of Diversity; Executive Director of Hindustan Unilever; and Vice President HR South Asia.

“We are delighted to welcome Leena to BT”, said BT Chairman, Jan du Plessis. 

“She brings a deep understanding of the strategic and practical challenges of driving large scale cultural transformation, making her an excellent addition to the Board.”

Nair added “I am delighted to be invited to join the Board of BT, an iconic company. I am looking forward to making a contribution to shape the future of this exciting business in a dynamic sector.”

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