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Opening minds: Leena Nair

November 11, 2010
Leena Nair
40, Exec. Director, HR, Hindustan Unilever
(Number of times in BT's Most Powerful list: 4)

Biggest achievement in 2010: Transforming the work culture and mindsets

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A workplace without women is: Very boring
It is a warm and welcome change when you enter Hindustan Unilever's new, sprawling work campus spread over 7 lakh sq. ft. in Mumbai's western suburbs. You can walk "the street"- a stretch of open space flanked by a Bru Café, Kwality Walls and Kissan juice counters, a Knorr kitchen, a Lakme salon and a convenience store.

The catalyst for this change: Leena Nair, Executive Director who leads human resources at HUL. "The new workplace has a closer connect between employees and HUL brands. We are a younger company and feel and sound informal," says Nair. It is easy to believe her.
-Anusha Subramanian
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2. Zarin Daruwala
3. Lynn de Souza
4. Tanya Dubash
5. Shyamala Gopinath
6. Vinita Gupta
7. Kaku Nakhate
8. Vedika Bhandarkar
9. Manisha Girotra
10. Lalita Gupte
11. Usha Narayanan
12. Akhila Srinivasan
13. Leena Nair
14. Vinita Bali
15. Chanda Kochhar
16. Roopa Kudva
17. Naina Lal Kidwai
18. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
19. Zarina Mehta
20. Zia Mody
21. Kalpana Morparia
22. Vishakha Mulye
23. Swati Piramal
24. Meher Pudumjee
25. Madhabi Puri Buch
26. Chitra Ramkrishna
27. Preetha Reddy
28. Shikha Sharma
29. Mallika Srinivasan
30. Sangeeta Talwar

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