Thursday, September 10, 2009
Zaffar A. Khan
Mr. Zaffar A. Khan graduated as a mechanical engineer in 1967 from Peshawar University and soon thereafter joined Esso /Exxon Chemical which following an employee led buyout became Engro Chemical in Pakistan. He retired from the Company in 2004 after serving for 35 years the last 6 were as President & CEO. During the early years of his career he served Exxon Chemical for 10 years in Hong Kong, Singapore and USA in the petrochemical business. His career with Exxon/Engro spanned all major corporate functions i.e. Marketing, Manufacturing, Finance & Corporate Services.
He has done an Advanced Management Program from the University of Hawaii and has attended short courses at INSEAD and the Harvard Business School. Mr Zaffar Khan has served on a number of diverse boards both in the private and public sector. He has also chaired several of these boards. These aside from the various Engro boards include United Bank, Sui Southern Gas, Ufone, Pakistan Telecommunications Co (PTCL), Pakistan Steel, Karachi Stock Exchange, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Civil Aviation Authority & the Aga Khan Education Board. He is currently serving on the Boards of State Bank of Pakistan, Unilever Pakistan, Acumen Fund Pakistan and the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy. Mr. Zaffar Khan has served as President of the Overseas Chamber of Commerce and Industry and on several Committees of the Government of Pakistan notably the Economic Advisory Board, Pay & Pension Committee, and the Committee that recommended the National Environment Quality Standards. The President of Pakistan conferred the Sitara e Imtiaz (a civil award) on Mr. Khan.