Profile of Board of Directors
Altaf Hashwani – Mr. Altaf Hashwani is Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Exide Pakistan Limited. The Board of Directors of the Company appointed Mr. Altaf Hashwani as Director of the Company in 1991 on acquisition of majority shares of the Company by Hassanali Sons (Private) Limited. Mr. Altaf Hashwani commanded supply chain management of the company. Mr. Altaf is now Chief Executive of SSFR (Private) Limited – a company engaged In Manufacturing and Marketing of apparels. Mr. Altaf Hashwani is a business graduate from USA and completed Directors’ training program from the Institute of Corporate Governance of Pakistan.
Arshad Shahzada – Mr. Arshad Shahzada is Chief Executive of the Company. Mr. Arshad Shahzada joined EXIDE in the year 1986 and remained associated with EXIDE up to 1993. In the year 1994, the Board of Directors of Automotive Battery Company Limited, a subsidiary company of EXIDE, appointed Mr. Shahzada as its Chief Executive. Upon merger of Automotive Battery Company Limited with and into EXIDE Pakistan Limited in 2011, the Board of Directors of EXIDE appointed Mr. Shahzada in 2012 as it Chief Executive. Mr. Shahzada graduated from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore in Electrical Engineering and completed Directors’ training program of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Pakistan. Before joining EXIDE Mr. Shehzada was associated with sugar, petrochemical and fertilizer industries.
Arif Hashwani – Mr. Arif Hashwani is Executive Director of Exide Pakistan Limited since 1991. Mr. Arif Hashwani is successfully spearheading the strategic initiatives of the Company. Under the leadership of Mr. Arif Hashwani, Exide Pakistan Limited experienced phenomenal growth and diversified the business. Besides, EXIDE Mr. Arif is also director/partner in other associated undertakings.
Hussain Hashwani – Mr. Hussain Hashwani is also a Non-Executive Director at Exide Pakistan Limited. He has been associated with Exide as its Director from 1991. Mr. Hussain Hashwani is also a partner of Hassanali Sons. He graduated with a business degree from United States.
Ayub Hameed –Mr. Ayub serves as an independent Director at Exide Pakistan Limited from 2014, having wide experience in commodity trading with particular focus on petroleum products, grains and bio-fuel. His international experience in commodity trading spans across Asia, Middle East & Africa. He also serves as an Executive Director at Anza Trade, a commodity trading company. Mr. Ayub Hameed is a Business Graduate and completed Directors’ training program from the Institute of Corporate Governance of Pakistan.
Syed Haider Mehdi – Mr. Haider Mehdi is an Executive Director of the Company since 2004. Mr. Mehdi is also Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Mehdi joined EXIDE in 1992. Before joining Exide, he was associated with Beecham Pakistan Limited, Bristol Mayes – Squibb Pakistan and Linde Pakistan Limited. Mr. Mehdi is Professionally Qualified Accountant as well as Corporate Secretary.
Syed Muhammad Faiq – Mr. Faiq is a Non-Executive Director at Exide Pakistan Limited, elected in the year 2004. Mr. Faiq is a graduate in commerce and before his association with EXIDE he was engaged with National Construction Company of Pakistan.
Mrs. Saira Soomro Najmi – Mrs. Saira Soomro Najmi is serving as an independent director on the Board of Exide since July 2019. She was nominated by NIT to fill in a casual vacancy after their previous nominee resigned from the Board in July, 2019.
Mrs. Soomro qualified as a barrister from the Honorable Society of Lincolns Inn in 2002 after successfully completing her LLB (Honors) from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. She is a certified director from the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance. She has practiced law consistently since 2002 with renowned law firms in Karachi including Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim and Liaquat Merchant Associates and has advised clients from various sectors. Mrs. Soomro also possesses experience in managing corporate legal issues through her practice at Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited and at South Asia Pakistan Terminals Limited (Hutchison Ports Pakistan) where she is currently the In-house Legal Counsel.