The Federal Government announced the appointment of Arif Usmani as the President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Pakistan for a term of three years with immediate effect. Mr. Usmani joined NBP on the 12th of February, 2019.
Mr. Usmani started his career with Citi Pakistan in 1981 in the Corporate Banking Group and since then held a number of positions with the company. He has over 38 years of experience across several geographies and markets in various banking disciplines. Â From 1989 to 1994, he was on deputation from Citi with Saudi Arabia’s second largest bank SAMBA in Riyadh within the Corporate Banking business. In 1994, Mr. Usmani relocated to the Asia Pacific region, where for five years he held a number of critical positions in different countries including Hong Kong and Singapore. Later, he moved as Citi Country Officer to Slovakia where he is credited with greatly developing the business before taking over as Country Head Citi Nigeria and Regional Head West Africa. The latter role involved management of the Citi Franchises in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of Congo as well as Senegal. In 2003, Mr. Usmani moved back to SambaÂ Financial Group as the Chief Risk Officer and Â in 2008 re-joined the Citi franchise in Pakistan as CEO.
In 2012 Mr. Usmani left Citi and was appointed as Group Head for Wholesale Banking at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in Abu Dhabi where he spent 5 years establishing the bank as a premier player in the corporate finance space. In 2017, Mr. Usmani joined Mashreq Bank in Dubai as Chief Risk Officer which was his last assignment before moving to NBP.
Mr. Usmani holds a First Class BSc (Hons) degree from Imperial College, University of London and is also an Associate of the Royal College of Science (ARCS).