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. 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.

Ramesh Narasimhan : Non-Executive Director

Mr. Ramesh is Chief Financial Officer for Al Futtaim Group’s Automotive Division and has over 30 years of experience including 22 years in the Automotive industry. Ramesh recent role prior to joining Al Futtaim was in Nissan where he was most recently the President of Nissan Philippines and Nissan Thailand respectively. Prior to these roles, Ramesh was the Chief Financial Officer for Nissan Australia and New Zealand. He also worked for Ford in Australia and China in senior finance roles.

SHAHID SHAHBAZ TOOR : Independent Non-Executive Director

Have more than 35 years of experience in the Tractor manufacturing industry in areas pertaining to Management, Development, Production, Quality Assurance, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, etc. Served as Director Technical at Millat Tractors Limited, CEO at Millat Equipment Limited as well as Mannan Shahid Forgings (Abraaj Capital UAE Group Company).

Graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kingston University, UK. Have attended various professional training courses in Pakistan and Abroad in institutions like Ashraigh School of Management UK, Perkins Engines, Massey Ferguson Tractors UK, AOTS Japan, Pakistan Institute of Management, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Institute of Quality Control.etc.

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. 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.

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.