Board of Directors

Mrs. Feriel Ali Mehdi

Mrs. Feriel Ali Mehdi


Mrs. Feriel Ali Mehdi took over the reins of the company as the CEO in November 1998. She remained at the position till December 2012. She is the acting Chairman of the company since July 2007. She has lead the turnaround of ZIL Limited by turning a constantly loss making business into a profitable entity and wiped out all accumulated losses within 3 years of becoming the CEO.

Mrs. Mehdi holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Karachi University. She started her career at Wazir Ali Industries as a Marketing Trainee and rapidly climbed up the corporate ladder to become Brand Manager. She has had exposure on all the levels in Marketing and chiefly looked after the Cooking Oil category of the business.

In 1996, Mrs. Mehdi resigned from Wazir Ali to join ZIL Limited. She took over as the Marketing Manager looking after the entire range of the products and later excelled to the position of Director Marketing. She took over as Managing Director in 1998 and streamlined costs, processes and benchmarked various aspects of the business to make it more state-of-the-art. This resulted in lowering the losses and eventually with her team she turnaround the company by mid-2003. They grew the business from a Rs. 390mn net turnover in 1999 to a Rs. 1.6 bn by 2011. She has recently put into place a new team to invigorate, innovate and eventually grow the business into a more diverse and strong FMCG company.

She attended IMD's Orchestrating Winning Performance Program (OWP) in 2006 and gained intensive exposure to current thinking on today’s key management issues. Mrs. Mehdi is certified member of Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG).

Mr. Mubashir Hasan Ansari

Mr. Mubashir Hasan Ansari

Director & CEO

Mr. Mubashir H. Ansari joined ZIL Limited in April 2011 as GM-Marketing and Sales. He was promoted to the position of CEO in January 2013. Since his appointment as CEO, he has successfully managed to lead the change and increase sales, which made the bottom line positive.

Mr. Ansari is an MBA from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK. He started his professional journey with Unilever in 1991. He stayed with Unilever for 10 years and during this tenure he demonstrated his leadership capabilities in marketing as well as sales function.

His international and local appointments covered leading multinational and national organizations including ICI, Savola, English Biscuits Manufactures and Shan Foods where he has held leadership roles in Middle East region, and Pakistan.

Mr. Ansari has vast experience in growing existing business and introducing new products in FMCG industry. Most of his achievements have emerged from developing people, seeking opportunities for collaboration and managing leadership transition in changing environment.

He has built and delivered strategic and operational capabilities in diversified categories including personal care, household cleaning products, hot beverages, edible oils and fats, culinary, spreads, sauces, drinks, desserts, and biscuits.

He attended IMD's Orchestrating Winning Performance Program (OWP) in 2015 and gained exposure to thinking on current leadership challenges and key management issues. Mr. Ansari is also a certified director from Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG).

Mr. Saad Amanullah Khan

Mr. Saad Amanullah Khan


Saad has nearly three decades of experience of working for Gillette Pakistan as CEO, and Procter & Gamble in senior executive positions. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan MBA (Class of 1987) and holds two engineering degrees.

Elected twice as President of American Business Council (ABC), the largest single-country business chamber in Pakistan, Saad was also elected twice to the Executive Committee of Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI), the largest foreign business chamber. Saad is an active social worker involved in I am Karachi Consortium, Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF), National Entrepreneurship Working Group (NEW-G), South East Asia Leadership Academy (SEALA), Helper of HOPE and Agha Khan Hospital’s Patient Welfare Committee.

He is also the President of Public Interest Law Authority of Pakistan, a civil rights organization. He is also a Board Member of Patient Aid Foundation, a private group helping the largest public hospital in the region Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center (JPMC); LettuceBee Kids, an organization helping the cause of street kids; Naya Jeevan working to offer health insurance to urban poor; AIESEC which provides young people with leadership opportunities to develop into global leaders; National University of Sciences & Technology’s (Islamabad) Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) Society of Human Resources Management; Ladiesfund Board (women empowerment); Possibilities Schools and EcoEnergy.

Saad is an Advisor to NOWPDP (people with disabilities) and Teach for Pakistan (graduates as teachers). He has conceptualized, led and delivered Rs. 1 billion from USAID to the Bolton Market victims in an efficient and transparent manner under the umbrella of American Business Council. He is a certified member of the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG).

Mr. Mir Muhammad Ali

Mr. Mir Muhammad Ali

Director Over 26 years of extensive experience in the financial markets of Pakistan, covering leadership roles in investment management, corporate finance, investment banking, treasury and project financing. Primary career achievments include developing new businesses, leadership development and transforming faultering businesses to industry leaders. Last employment was as Chief Executive at UBL Fund Managers Limited; a Pakistan based asset management firm managing over USD 600mn in mutual funds and managed accounts. In over ten years as CEO, converted a small-sized dwindling asset management firm to one of the most successful investment management firms in Pakistan. Main achievements of the Firm were developing Leadership & Human Resource, building a diversified suite of products (including Shariah-compliant funds and industry leader /pioneer capital protected funds), undertaking many industry-first customer services initiatives and offering solid fund performance. Generated ROE in excess of 25% throughout. Firm was recognised as the best managed in the whole financial sector by the Management Association of Pakistan in 2014 and 2015. Developed UBL Investment Banking Unit from scratch in 2000, which soon became one of the leading investment banking players in Pakistan. UBL received the Best Corporate Finance House Award for 2002-3 from CFA Pakistan Society. Landmark transaction apart from setting up of UBL Fund Managers, Pakistan first listed ‘true sale’ asset backed securitization of future flows for a cellular company. Till date, UBL Investment Banking enjoys lead industry position. Left CEO position of UBL Funds in Feb 2016 to pursue entreprenueral ambitions. In March 2016 co founded TheSportStore.pk an online sport store which is running successfuly. Also working as Executive Director for Training Impact delivering training in leadership and team development through experientiel based learning. Currently serving board of trustees of Kashmir Education Foundation and certified director and trainer from Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governnance. Previous member Academic Board of IBA, Karachi

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