Sir Mohammed Anwar Pervez, OBE, HPk
Sir Mohammed Anwar Pervez, OBE HPk is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Bank Limited since October 19, 2002. He is also the Chairman of Bestway Group UK & its subsidiaries, which include Batleys Limited and Bestway Cement. He is also Chairman of Bestway Northern Limited in UK.
Sir Anwar began his career in food business in 1963 when he opened a mini supermarket in London. He ventured into the wholesale business in 1976 and has been responsible for growing Bestway Group into the seventh largest family business in the UK.
Today, it is the 2nd largest wholesaler in the UK, the 2nd largest cement producer in Pakistan and the 2nd largest private bank in Pakistan. The Group provides employment to over 22,500 globally.
Sir Anwar was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1992 and was conferred the title of Knight’s Bachelor in 1999 by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to the food industry and various charitable causes in the UK. In 2000 he was awarded “Hilal-e-Pakistan”.
In 2005, Sir Anwar Pervez was voted winner of the prestigious “Grocer Cup for Outstanding Business Achievement” by the Institute of Grocery Distribution, UK.
In 2006 he received ‘Sitra-e-Essar’ by the President of Pakistan. The same year he was chosen as the ‘Master Entrepreneur – UK’ at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 Awards.
In 2011, Sir Anwar was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by FC College Lahore.
He is the Chairman of Bestway Foundation UK and Patron-in-Chief of Bestway Foundation Pakistan and a charter member of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.
Mr. Atif R. Bokhari
President & CEO
Mr. Atif R. Bokhari, currently President & CEO, United Bank Limited (UBL) is a career banker with extensive experience in domestic and international banking. He started his banking career in 1985 with Bank of America, where he handled diverse assignments over 15 years. Subsequent to leaving Bank of America in July 2000, Mr. Bokhari joined Habib Bank Limited wherein he was Head of Corporate and Investing Banking.
Mr. Bokhari was appointed as President & CEO of UBL in May 2004 (18 months after privatization). Since then UBL has ventured into new diversified business and revenue streams namely Consumer Financing, E-commerce, Branchless Banking, Asset Management and general insurance.
Mr. Bokhari holds the office of Chairman or Director in several UBL Group companies. Mr. Bokhari is very actively involved with a private sector program for the development of education in Karachi. Specifically he is a Director for the envisaged Karachi School of Business & Leadership affiliated with the Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK. He has been appointed as Chairman of the Human Resource Committee of the Institute of Bankers in Pakistan, which is headed by the Governor State Bank of Pakistan. He is also the Vice Chairman and Member of the Executive Committee of Pakistan Banks’ Association.
Mr. Zameer Mohammed Choudrey
Mr. Zameer Mohammed Choudrey has been a Member of the Board of Directors of United Bank Limited since October 19, 2002. He is Chairman of the Board Audit Committee. He is also a Director of UBL Insurers Limited.
He is Chief Executive of Bestway Group, which is the seventh largest family business in UK with annual turnover of £2.3 billion. The Group today boasts a portfolio of 61 warehouses, covering over 6 million square feet of selling space, offering a range of over 25,000 products, serving over 120,000 independent retailers and foodservice customers nationally and providing employment to over 5,000 people in the UK.
Bestway Group’s cement operations are the 2nd largest cement manufacturer in Pakistan. It has four state of the art cement plants with a total capacity of 6 million tonnes per annum and employs over 3,000 people.
Zameer is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He joined Bestway Group as a financial controller in 1984. In 1990, he was promoted as the Group Finance Director. In 1995, he was given additional responsibilities of business diversification both in UK and Pakistan and was promoted as Chief Executive of Bestway Cement Limited. He was appointed as the Group CEO in 2004.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of England & Wales and a member of the Institute of Directors. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Trade and Investment Forum (PBTIF).
Zameer is a trustee of Bestway Foundation UK and Chairman of Bestway Foundation Pakistan. He is also a trustee of Caravan and Crimestoppers.
Mr. Seerat Asghar
Mr. Seerat Asghar has been appointed as Director of United Bank Limited by the Government of Pakistan with effect from 30th March, 2010. He is also a member of Human Resources Committee of the Bank. Mr. Seerat Asghar has a vast experience gathered over a span of more than twenty nine years in public service at key GOP posts. He brings with him a rich professional and academic experience. He holds LLB and Master's degree in Political Science from Punjab University, Lahore. His last academic pursuit was at the prestigious Cornell University USA, where he attended Executive Developement Program in Food and Agriculture Business Management.
With a strong base in "Executive Leadership Development" from Harvard University, he developed a gradual niche in project Management, Procurement, as well as macro economic planning resulting in representation of Pakistan at key international foras like International Conference on E-Procurement in Seoul - Korea, Tokyo Ubiquitous Network Conference, Conference on Hazard Risk Management at Delhi - India, 25th Session of International Grain Council at London - UK, 133rd Session of FAO Council and 34th Session of FAO Conference at Rome - Italy, US- Afghanistan - Pakistan Agricultural Trilateral Conference in Istanbul, Turkey
At present he is Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government Of Pakistan.
Mr. Amin Uddin
Mr. Amin Uddin has been appointed as member of Board of Directors of United Bank Limited with effect from 5 March 2009. He is a member of Board Audit Committee of UBL. He is also a Director of UBL Insurers Limited.
He did Banking Management course in 1986-87 from McGill University, Canada and B.A. (Economics and Statistics) from Punjab University. He also attended various international professional training programs.
He has a 40 years experience in Pakistan, Middle East, Europe, Africa & Canada. He worked in Ecobank Group a leading pan-African commercial banking group (1991-2002). He also worked in Bank of Credit and Commerce INT (1977-1990) and Habib Bank Limited (1967-1977).
He is a Certified Director from Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance as per requirement of Listing Regulation.
Mr. Arshad Ahmad Mir
Mr. Arshad Ahmad Mir, appointed as member of Board of Directors with effect from 26 October 2009, has over four decades of extensive corporate experience in financial services, oil industry, management consultancy, manufacturing and wholesale distribution businesses.
He has served with major corporate entities in areas of general management, corporate planning, project management, compliance and consultancy. Geographical coverage of his corporate roles and responsibilities encompass Pakistan, Middle East, Africa, UK & Europe.
Arshad Mir is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants and Institute of Bankers UK. He has attended various management courses and conferences including Advanced Management Programme of London Business School.
He is also a member of the Board Risk Management Committee of the Bank.