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Government Has Announced Arif Usmani As President NBP

Government Has Announced Arif Usmani As President NBP

The Federal Government has 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.

Arif Usmani has over 35 years of experience across several geographic markets in different banking disciplines. From 1989 to 1994, he was with Saudi Arabia’s second largest bank SAMBA in Riyadh. In 1994, Mr. Usmani relocated to Singapore and in 1996 moved to Hong Kong working in critical risk management positions.


In 1999, he moved as Citi Bank CEO to Slovakia where he is credited with greatly developing the business before taking over as CEO 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. Arif Usmani moved back to SAMBA Financial Group as the Chief Risk Officer. In 2008 he joined the Citi franchise in Pakistan as CEO. In early 2012, Mr. Usmani joined Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) as Regional Head of Wholesale Banking managing their business for ADIB in the UAE, Qatar, Egypt and Iraq. In November 2017, Mr. Arif Usmani moved to Mashreq Bank as CRO and Head of the Risk Management Group.

NBP President Arif 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. His wife is a medical doctor, he has two sons and is an avid golfer.

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