MEET THE BOARD
Mr. Bernd Schwendtke: Chairman
Mr. Bernd Schwendtke is currently holding the position of Chief Financial Officer at Al Futtaim Automotive, United Arab Emirates. He began his working career in 1994 in Germany and has acquired a wide range of experience in the automotive sector, financial services, fleet management, logistics, and diversified trading industries in various multinational companies.
Prior to joining Al Futtaim, Mr. Schwendtke was the Senior Managing Director and Group Chief Financial Officer at Abdul Latif Jameel Saudi Arabia and held Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director positions in various Mercedes-Benz entities in South Africa, Australia, Singapore, UK and Germany.
Mr. Bernd Schwendtke holds a Master Degree from the University of Würzburg, Germany.
Mr. Richard Kassaby: Non-Executive Director
Mr. Richard Kassaby has been appointed on the Board of A-Ghazi Tractors Ltd. from February 13, 2020 as a
Mr. Richard Kassaby is the Chief Financial Officer of the Al Futtaim Automotive Group and previously served as the Managing Director of Al Futtaim Finance Pv JSC a finance company regulated by the Central Bank of the UAE and is responsible for automotive financial services across six geographies for the Al Futtaim Group.
Mr. Kassaby has worked in the finance industry for more than 20 years with broad experience in treasury, capital markets and regulatory structuring across a range of industry sectors in both developed and emerging markets.Prior to joining the Al Futtaim Group, Mr. Kassaby was a Director of Sturt Capital and an Executive Vice President, Institutional Banking at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Mr. Kassaby holds a Master of Taxation Law from Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Information Systems from Monash University.
Mr. Raheel Asghar: Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Raheel Asghar has been appointed as CEO of Al Ghazi
Tractors Ltd from October 2020.
He has over 25 years of experience in the automotive
industry in UK and in Pakistan. Mr. Raheel Asghar started his career in 1994
with Honda UK Manufacturing in Swindon, UK where he gained experience in
production management, project management and production engineering. Raheel
headed various departments at Honda before moving to Pakistan in 2007 where he
joined Indus Motor Company, which is the sole manufacturer of Toyota products
in Pakistan. Whilst at Toyota, he headed many functions and performed various
roles including Director Sales & Marketing and most recently Senior
Director Plant Operations.
Mr. Raheel Asghar holds a degree in Engineering from
University of Cambridge, UK and has attended various management programmes
including the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, USA.
Mr. Malik Ehtisham Ikram: Executive Director & CFO
Mr. Malik Ehtisham was appointed as Director on Board in December 2019. He was subsequently appointed as Chief Financial Officer and as member of Human Resource & Remuneration Committee in 2020.
He is a seasoned Senior Finance Executive with a career spanning 17 years in Finance with strong emerging market experience. He joined Al-Futtaim Group in 2012 and has been working at various Senior Finance & Leadership positions independently handling high profile Automotive Projects for the Group.
Over his career span he has worked with various consultancy firms including PwC and KPMG. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and holds a post graduate degree in Managerial Economics.
Ms. Farah Qureshi: Independent Non-Executive Director
Ms. Farah Qureshi was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director on Board in May 2020.
Ms. Farah Qureshi is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. With over 25 years of experience in Corporate Governance, Internal Control, Accounting, Financial Reporting, Mergers and Acquisitions,Project feasibilities, Banking and Financial arrangements, Legal, Company Secretariat and IT. She has served as Company Secretary on the Board of Jahangir Siddiqui & Co. Ltd., a listed company in financial services. Presently serving on the Board of First UDL Modaraba as Director, also served on the Board of Network Microfinance Bank Ltd. (subsidiary of Jahangir Siddiqui & Co. Ltd.) Served on the taxation subcommittee of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Presently providing consulting services in the areas of accounting, Finance, IT systems, corporate governance, internal controls, preparing projections and feasibilities, banking and financial arrangements.
Mr. VINCENT DE LASSAGNE: Non-Executive Director
Mr. Vincent is the Brand Leader for New Holland Agriculture Asia Pacific Region. He initially joined the CNH in 1995. Within CNH he acquired a significant experience in the CIS, AME and Asia Pacific markets. Since 2004 he has been posted as Business Director in Asia Pacific Region. Mr. Vincent de Lassagne has been appointed on the Board of Al-Ghazi Tractors Ltd from October 23, 2015. Mr. Vincent holds an Agronomist Engineer degree & Masters in Marketing & Sales from the HEC University
Mr. Matthieu Jean-Marie, Bernard Séjourné : Non-Executive Director
Mr. Matthieu Séjourné has been appointed on the Board of A-Ghazi Tractors Ltd. from February 13, 2020 as a Non-Executive Director.
He joined CNHi in March 2002 covering several sales & marketing positions in the African continent; he also joined TurkTraktor, the JV of CNHi in Turkey, where he was Marketing Director. He then joined the Asia Pacific Region, where he was successively appointed as Product Marketing and, after, Brand Leader for Case IH. Since January 2019, he is the Brand Leader New Holland & Case IH for the Asia, Middle East and Africa Region.
Mr. Séjourné holds a master degree in Business Administration from SDA Bocconi Milan, Italy and Master in Engineering from CESTI-Paris (newly named SUPMECA, Superior Centre of Study in Industrial Techniques - Mechanical Engineering School) with a major in Supply Chain Management.
Mr. ANDREA TRABACCHIN: Non-Executive Director
Mr. Andrea Trabacchin was appointed on the Board on October 29, 2019 as a Non-Executive Director. He is also a member of the Audit Committee.
He joined CNH Industrial Group in 2002. Currently he is working at CNH International SA (CNH Industrial Group) Lugano, Switzerland as Chief Financial Officer of High Growth Markets AMEA (Asia, Middle East & Africa) and ANZ.
Mr. Andrea Trabacchin holds a master degree in Business & Economics from the Universtiá Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan Italy. He is Recipient of European Union scholarship for the Erasmus Exchange Program from School of Economics, Stockholm Sweden.