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MR. ZAFFAR AHMAD KHAN ASSUMES PIA CHAIRMANíS OFFICE
Karachi, 9th April, 2007
Mr. Zaffar Ahmad Khan assumed responsibilities as new PIA Chairman at PIA Head office here today. Following is the career history and other relevant information concerning new Chairman PIA.
Mr. Zaffar Ahmad Khan graduated as Mechanical Engineer in 1967 from Peshawar University. Soon after graduation he took one year training program in engineering disciplines in Japan. Upon returning to Pakistan in 1969 he joined Esso Pakistan Fertilizer Company (later known as Exxon Chemical). In 1973, he was transferred overseas and for the next 10 years served Exxon Chemical in Hong Kong, USA, and Singapore. He returned to Pakistan in late 1982 and was appointed Vice President Marketing and Director on the Board of Exxon Chemical Pakistan Ltd. In the years that followed he rotated through all the Divisions of the Company namely, Marketing, Manufacturing, Finance & Corporate Services. In 1991 Exxon divested its equity in the Company and he played a role in the first employee - led buyout in the corporate history of Pakistan which resulted in Engro Chemical Pakistan Ltd. In 1997 he was appointed President and CEO of the company and he held that position until attaining the mandatory retirement age of 58 years in January 2004.
During the course of his 35 years career with Esso/Exxon/Engro he has attended numerous training programs in various disciplines of management, leadership and governance. Aside from in-house training programs, he undertook an Advanced Management Program at the University of Hawaii & selected short courses at INSEAD & the Harvard Business School.
He has served, and is serving, on a number of private & public sector Boards some of which he has also chaired. These, aside from Engro Chemical, are Engro Asahi, Engro Vopak, United Bank, Sui Southern Gas Company, PTML (Ufone), PTCL, Pakistan Steel, Unilever Pakistan, Karachi Stock Exchange, National Commodity Exchange, Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance, Acumen Fund and the State Bank of Pakistan.
He was elected to serve as the President of the Overseas Chamber of Commerce & Industry and has also served on numerous advisory committees of the Government of Pakistan notably the Economic Advisory Board, Pay & Pension Committee and the Committee that developed the National Environment Quality Standards (NEQS). He has been associated with the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy and currently chairs a fund - raising committee of the Agha Khan University.
Mr. Zaffar A. Khan is recipient of Sitara-e-Imtiaz.