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 started his career with Citi Pakistan in 1981 in the Corporate Banking Group and since then held a number of positions. He has over 35 years of experience across several geographic markets and areas in various banking disciplines, including a number of critical management positions in the Asia Pacific region. From 1989 to 1994, he was with Saudi Arabia's second largest bank SAMBA in Riyadh where he managed some of the largest borrowing relationships in the region. In 1994, Mr. Usmani relocated to Singapore and 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 involving 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 SAMBA Financial Group as the Chief Risk Officer, in 2008 he joined the Citi franchise in Pakistan as CEO. Mr. Usmani is considered authority on risk management. Mr. Usmani holds a First Class B.Sc (Hons) degree from Imperial College, University of London and is an Associate of the Royal College of Science.