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PROFILE OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Syed Hasan Akbar Kazmi - CHAIRMAN
Mr. Syed Hasan Akbar Kazmi is a Director in JS Group. Mr. Syed Hasan Akbar Kazmi has a Private Equity, Investment Banking and Corporate Finance background with experience across diverse sectors including Steel, Glass, Power, Oil & Gas, Fertilizer, Cement, Sugar, Chemicals, Infrastructure & Ports, Advertising, Transportation, Financial sector and others.
He has served in the JS Group under various capacities for over 12 years including senior
positions in the Private Equity Group, Corporate & Investment Banking Group and
Principal Finance Office. Prior to JS Group, Mr. Syed Hasan Akbar Kazmi worked as the Group Head of
Investment Planning and Monitoring (equivalent to CIO) for Army Welfare Trust (‘’Askari
Group’’), which is one of the two largest conglomerates in Pakistan and as an Investment
Manager at ‘’Fauji Foundation’’, one of the other large conglomerates in Pakistan. Prior to
investment management for these organizations, he worked at London and Scottish
Marine Oil Company (LASMO, now ENI S.p.A.) and Citibank N.A in Pakistan.
Mr. Syed Hasan Akbar Kazmi has held several Board of Directors positions in various listed and unlisted companies including Ghani Glass Limited, Lucky Cement Limited, Dadex Eternet Limited, Capital Asset Leasing Corporation Limited, Hascol Limited, Optimus Limited and others.
Mr. Syed Hasan Akbar Kazmi graduated from the Institute of Business Administration (‘’IBA’’) Karachi with an MBA and also has a Masters in Economics from the University of Karachi.
Mr. JUNAID IMRAN - DIRECTOR
Mr. Junaid Imran is a Senior Vice President in JS Group's Principal Finance Office based in Karachi. He has extensive experience and expertise in the fields of Investment Banking, Private Equity, Corporate Advisory and Mergers & Acquisitions. He has experience working in several sectors including Oil & Gas, Real Estate, Infrastructure & Terminals, Glass, Media & Entertainment, Power Generation and Financial Services sectors. He has held directorships in various JS Group companies.
Prior to this, Mr. Imran was an Investment Principal at JS Private Equity. He has also worked at Grant Thornton International as a Senior Manager leading various corporate finance, privatization and research assignments.
By qualification, he is a fellow member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, (ACCA) UK and holds a B.Sc. in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brooks University.
Mr. Munir Hassan Taher, FCCA, CFA
Munir Taher has over 15 years of combined professional experience in asset management, private equity and corporate finance. In 2007, he joined Global to assist in managing USD1bn of proprietary investments spread across various asset classes through out the region.
In 2009, he became part of a special task force to set up a USD1.5bn fund to facilitate Global’s first round of debt restructuring and subsequently played a key role in raising ~USD200mn in realization proceeds during the first year of the restructuring to service debt obligations.
He later played a similar role in the successful conclusion of Global’s USD1.7bn second and final round of restructuring in 2013 and co-led transformation of principle investments division into a new asset management business pillar with an AUM of USD500mn.
The Special Situations Asset Management applies a value driven divestment strategy through proactive roles in portfolio companies facilitating USD270mn in realization proceeds at exit multiples exceeding 1.6x to agreed target values.
Munir has represented on the board of several companies such as Al Razzi Holding (Kuwait), Emirates Retakaful (UAE), Saudi Yemeni Healthcare (Yemen), Bindar Trading (Jordan), CNBC Pakistan, CNBC Africa (South Africa), Murdoch University (UAE) and JS Global Capital (Pakistan).
He began his career in Kenya working for several large institutions in the corporate finance department.
He obtained his Fellowship from the Association of Chartered Accountants from UK in 2001 and became CFA charter holder in 2015.
MR. KHURSHID HADI, DIRECTOR
Mr. Hadi schooling was in the UK and later he graduated from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Subsequently, he was admitted as a Fellow of that Institute as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan.
Mr. Hadi is the Founder Partner of the accounting practice of Taseer Hadi Khalid & Co., which today is one of the largest accounting and consultancy institution in Pakistan. THK is the member firm of KPMG, the largest accounting firm in the world. Until 1977 Mr. Hadi was the Senior Operating Partner in Pakistan then he moved to Dubai to assume the responsibility
of managing the joint practice of Peat Marwick Taseeer Hadi & Co. These firms have provided training, professional education and job and career opportunities to thousands of Pakistan and other South Asian professionals.
After ten years in the Middle East and the US, Mr. Hadi returned to Pakistan to launch a series of investments over the next 10 years in the fields of financial, industrial and commercial inter alia: First Leasing Corporation, Saitex Pharmaceuticals, Newsline Publications and the Pizza Hut and Nandos franchise concepts in the food area.
Mr. Hadi is currently the Chairman of the THK Technology group which comprises customized software development, CRM and Compliance services and HR management and systems, focusing on the financial and banking industries. Mr. Hadi serves on several boards in the public and private sectors.
Mr. Hadi periodically contributes to several national and international publications including Dawn, Newsline and has been published in the Int’l Herald Tribune, New York Times and the Boston Globe. Mr. Hadi was the correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review for several years.