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State Bank Governors of Pakistan

State Bank Governors of Pakistan

Mr. Ashraf Mahmood Wathra has been appointed as Acting Governor, SBP with effect from close of business, January 31, 2014.

Mr. Wathra assumed charge of the office of Deputy Governor (DG), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on March 11, 2013. The Federal Government had notified Mr. Wathra's appointment as DG, SBP on March 5, 2013 for a period of three years from the date he assumed office.

Mr. Wathra brings 35 years of commercial & investment banking experience to his new assignment. Prior to joining SBP, he was serving the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) as its Senior Executive Vice President & Group Chief, Credit Management Group, since October, 2012.

Before joining NBP, Mr. Wathra served Habib Bank Limited from April 1999 to September 2012 in various responsible capacities such as Regional General Manager (Bangladesh), Executive Vice President & Regional General Manager (Singapore), Executive Vice President, Group Executive and Risk Manager & Senior Credit Officer, Asset Remedial Management Group.

He was attached with Faysal Bank Limited from May 1992 to March 1999 in senior positions such as Executive Vice President & Country Risk Manager, Executive Vice President & Regional Manager and Senior Vice President & Chief Manager. From 1978 to 1992, he had been associated with BRR Capital Modaraba, Emirates Bank International, American Express Bank Ltd. and ANZ Grindlays Bank. He also served as Director at Habib Finance International, Hong Kong and Habib Finance, Australia.

Holding Masters Degree in Business Administration, Mr. Wathra has attended a number of seminars, conferences and courses at home and abroad including Wharton/SMU General Management Program, Operational Risk Management and Asian Bonds Summit etc.

Mr. Wathra holds extensive experience in restructuring and reorganization of business units. He has extensive knowledge of investment banking and commercial banking operations, trade finance products and underlying delivery systems. Well conversant with Islamic modes of finance, he has extensive marketing experience of a cross section of corporate, government and aid agencies including syndication of large facilities for corporate and public sector. He also has experience in line management, audit & risk review, credit & risk management.

Sr No. Name From To Image
1 (Late) MR. ZAHID HUSSAIN 10-06-1948 19-07-1953
2 (Late) MR. ABDUL QADIR 20-07-1953 19-07-1960
3 (Late) MR. S.A. HASNIE 20-07-1960 19-07-1967
4 (Late) MR. MAHBUBUR RASHID 20-07-1967 01-07-1971
5 (Late) MR. S.U. DURRANI 01-07-1971 22-12-1971
6 (Late) MR. GHULAM ISHAQ KHAN 22-12-1971 30-11-1975
7 (Late) MR. S. OSMAN ALI 01-12-1975 01-07-1978
8 MR. A.G.N. KAZI 15-07-1978 09-07-1986
09 (Late) MR. V.A. JAFAREY 10-07-1986 16-08-1988
10 MR. I.A. HANFI FIRST TERM (17-08-1988 To 02-09-1989) SECOND TERM (01-09-1990 To 30-06-1993)
11 MR. KASSIM PAREKH 05-09-1989 30-08-1990
12 DR. MUHAMMAD YAQUB 25-07-1993 05-11-1999
13 DR. ISHRAT HUSAIN 02-12-1999 01-12-2005
14 DR. SHAMSHAD AKHTAR 02-01-2006 01-01-2009
15 SYED SALIM RAZA 02-01-2009 02-06-2010
16 MR. SHAHID HAFIZ KARDAR 09-09-2010 18-07-2011
17 MR. YASEEN ANWAR 20-10-2011 31-01-2014
18 Mr. Ashraf Mahmood Wathra (Acting) January 31, 2014 Present

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