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 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).
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. Syed Hasnain Ali is the CEO of HY Enterprises Pvt. Ltd, running a diversified group of companies that are involved in several industries including commercial printing, educational services, retail, etc. At ZIL, his experience and business insight will be valuable in charting a course towards greater expansion, profitability and strategic growth for the company.
Mr. Hasnain received his bachelor’s degree in Communication and Business Studies from the University of Buckingham, and he went on to complete a post-graduate diploma in Service Management. He began his professional career at Nestle Pakistan Ltd. as a training coordinator in the HR department, and launched the HY Group of Companies in 2007.
Mr. Hasnain has also served on the board of Wazir Ali Industries and is a member of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Salman has over 15 years of experience for working in various sectors including pharmaceutical, agriculture, chemical, engineering, and finance. He played an instrumental role at senior management level in business development, corporate governance, corporate affairs, and general management. Currently, he is associated with NIT and is also representing the organization as a board member. Salman holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from IBA – Karachi and is also an Associate Member of Institute of Corporate Secretaries of Pakistan.