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


BRITISH Indian Leena Nair will join the BT board as a non-executive director.

The top Unilever executive will also serve as a member of the remuneration, nominations, digital impact and sustainability committees of the group.

Her appointment takes effect from the end of BT’s annual general meeting on July 10.

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

She has been chief human resources (HR) officer at Unilever, 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.

Indian origin Nair has been a non-executive director of the UK department for business, energy and industrial strategy since 2018 and is the chair of its nominations and governance committee.

BT’s chairman Jan du Plessis, said: “We are delighted to welcome Leena to BT. 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.”

Prior to her current role, Nair held a number of senior HR roles at Unilever.