Profile of the Board of Directors

Ms Shahnaz Rahman
Chairperson

Ms. Shahnaz Rahman joined the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Lamps Limited in October 1993, soon after taking over the ownership of the Company by Transcom Limited. She was appointed as Chairperson of the Company on April 04, 2013.

Ms. Rahman is also the Chairman of all Transcom Group subsidiary companies and she holds the position of Vice Chairman of Reliance Insurance Limited.

Group companies include, Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Limited (leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Consumer Products Limited (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world – salty snacks, Quaker Oats), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergen and consumer brands – L’Oreál, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Britannia and ConAgra), Transcom Beverages Limited (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Aquafina), Bangladesh Lamps Limited (manufacturer of lighting products), Bangladesh Electrical Industries Limited (manufacturer of Samsung and Transtec TV), Transcom Foods Limited (sole franchisee of Pizza Hut & KFC), Transcom Electronics Limited (distributor of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Midea, Sanford, Siemens and Transtec household appliances), Global Appliances Limited (a joint venture with WHIRLPOOL Mauritius Limited), Mediastar Limited (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali Newspaper), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FM Radio Station) and Tea Holdings Limited.

Transcom Limited is also a major stakeholder in Mediaworld Limited (Publishers of the country’s leading English language newspaper – THE DAILY STAR), General Insurance (Reliance Insurance Limited), Housing Finance (National Housing Finance and Investments Limited), IDLC Finance Limited and Pubali Bank Limited.

 

Ms. Simeen Rahman
Managing Director & CEO

Ms. Simeen Rahman joined the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Lamps Limited on 19th April 2009. She has been appointed as Managing Director & CEO of the Company on 15th September 2020.

Ms. Rahman is the Group CEO (GCEO) of Transcom Ltd. and Board Director of its subsidiaries. She presides over every Transcom Ltd. company with operational and management control of the group. She also holds the position of Managing Director & CEO of select subsidiaries.

Group companies include: Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Limited (leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Consumer Products Limited (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world – salty snacks, Quaker Oats), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergen and consumer brands – L’Oreál, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Britannia and ConAgra), Transcom Beverages Limited (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Aquafina), Bangladesh Lamps Limited (manufacturer of lighting products), Bangladesh Electrical Industries Limited (manufacturer of Samsung and Transtec TV), Transcom Foods Limited (sole franchisee of Pizza Hut & KFC), Transcom Electronics Limited (distributor of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Midea, Sanford, Siemens and Transtec household appliances), Global Appliances Limited (a joint venture with WHIRLPOOL Mauritius Limited), Mediastar Limited (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali Newspaper), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FM Radio Station) and Tea Holdings Limited.

Transcom Limited is also a major stakeholder in Mediaworld Limited (Publishers of the country’s leading English language newspaper – THE DAILY STAR), General Insurance (Reliance Insurance Limited), Housing Finance (National Housing Finance and Investments Limited), IDLC Finance Limited and Pubali Bank Limited.

Ms. Rahman serves as the Managing Director & CEO of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Eskayef has a presence across 47 countries. Eskayef is the first company in the world to partner with Novo Nordisk to manufacture modern pen-fill insulin and one of the first companies in the world to launch the generic form of Remdesivir to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

She is also the Managing Director & CEO of PepsiCo’s first snacks franchise in the world, Transcom Consumer Products Ltd, and of Bangladesh’s largest distribution company, Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd.

In addition, she is an elected Member of the Executive Committee of the leading trade body of Bangladesh, the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dhaka. She is also a member of the Executive Board of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Bangladesh.

Mr. Saifur Rahman
Director

Mr. Saifur Rahman joined the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Lamps Limited in March 1993, soon after taking over the ownership of the Company by Transcom Limited.

Mr. Rahman is also the Director of Transcom Limited, Transcom Beverages Limited (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Aquafina), Transcom Electronics Limited (distributor of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Midea, Sanford, Siemens and Transtec household appliances), Bangladesh Electrical Industries Limited (manufacturer of Samsung and Transtec TV), Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Limited (leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Foods Limited (sole franchisee of Pizza Hut & KFC), Transcom Distribution Co. Limited (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergen and consumer brands – L’Oreál, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Britannia and ConAgra), Mediastar Limited (Publishers of PROTHOM ALO, world’s largest Bengali Newspaper), Transcraft Limited (modern printing press), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FM Radio Station), M. Rahman Tea Company Limited (Saif Tea Estate), W. Rahman Jute Mills Limited, Quantum Pharmaceuticals Limited, Transfin Trading Limited, Trinco Limited, Transcom Mobile Limited, Transcom Cables Limited and Transcom Consumer Products Limited.

He is the Managing Director of Monipur Tea Company Limited, Marina Tea Company Limited, Heritage Agro Farms Limited, Nimbus Limited and Bloomstack Limited.

Mr. Saifur Rahman is a founder trustee of Education, Science, Technology, and Cultural Development Trust (ESTCDT), Trustee of the parent Trust of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), Dhaka and Chittagong Independent University. He is also a founder Director of United Hospital Limited.

Mr. Atiqur Rahman
Director

Mr. Atiqur Rahman joined the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Lamps Limited in March 1993, soon after taking over the ownership of the Company by Transcom Limited.

Mr. Rahman is the Chairman of Heritage Agro Farms Limited and a Board Member of various companies under Transcom Group. Besides, he is a Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of IDLC Finance Limited.

Group companies include: Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Limited (leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Consumer Products Limited (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world – salty snacks, Quaker Oats), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergen and consumer brands – L’Oreál, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Britannia and ConAgra), Transcom Beverages Limited (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Aquafina), Bangladesh Lamps Limited (manufacturer of lighting products), Bangladesh Electrical Industries Limited (manufacturer of Samsung and Transtec TV), Transcom Foods Limited (sole franchisee of Pizza Hut & KFC), Transcom Electronics Limited (distributor of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Midea, Sanford, Siemens and Transtec household appliances), Global Appliances Limited (a joint venture with WHIRLPOOL Mauritius Limited), Mediastar Limited (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali Newspaper), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FM Radio Station) and Tea Holdings Limited.

Transcom Limited is also a major stakeholder in Mediaworld Limited (Publishers of the country’s leading English language newspaper – THE DAILY STAR), General Insurance (Reliance Insurance Limited), Housing Finance (National Housing Finance and Investments Limited), IDLC Finance Limited and Pubali Bank Limited.

Mr. Arshad Waliur Rahman
Director

Mr. Arshad Waliur Rahman is a Director of Bangladesh Lamps Limited.

Mr. Rahman is also a Board Member of various companies under Transcom Group. Besides, he is a Director of Reliance Insurance Limited.

Group companies include: Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Limited (leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Consumer Products Limited (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world – salty snacks, Quaker Oats), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergen and consumer brands – L’Oreál, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Britannia and ConAgra), Transcom Beverages Limited (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Aquafina), Bangladesh Lamps Limited (manufacturer of lighting products), Bangladesh Electrical Industries Limited (manufacturer of Samsung and Transtec TV), Transcom Foods Limited (sole franchisee of Pizza Hut & KFC), Transcom Electronics Limited (distributor of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Midea, Sanford, Siemens and Transtec household appliances), Global Appliances Limited (a joint venture with WHIRLPOOL Mauritius Limited), Mediastar Limited (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali Newspaper), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FM Radio Station) and Tea Holdings Limited.

Transcom Limited is also a major stakeholder in Mediaworld Limited (Publishers of the country’s leading English language newspaper – THE DAILY STAR), General Insurance (Reliance Insurance Limited), Housing Finance (National Housing Finance and Investments Limited), IDLC Finance Limited and Pubali Bank Limited.

Ms. Shahzreh Huq
Director

Ms. Shahzreh Huq is a Director of Bangladesh Lamps Limited.

Ms. Huq is also a Board Member of various companies under Transcom Group. Besides, she is a Director of Reliance Insurance Limited.

Group companies include: Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Limited (leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Consumer Products Limited (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world – salty snacks, Quaker Oats), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergen and consumer brands – L’Oreál, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Britannia and ConAgra), Transcom Beverages Limited (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Aquafina), Bangladesh Lamps Limited (manufacturer of lighting products), Bangladesh Electrical Industries Limited (manufacturer of Samsung and Transtec TV), Transcom Foods Limited (sole franchisee of Pizza Hut & KFC), Transcom Electronics Limited (distributor of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Midea, Sanford, Siemens and Transtec household appliances), Global Appliances Limited (a joint venture with WHIRLPOOL Mauritius Limited), Mediastar Limited (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali Newspaper), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FM Radio Station) and Tea Holdings Limited.

Transcom Limited is also a major stakeholder in Mediaworld Limited (Publishers of the country’s leading English language newspaper – THE DAILY STAR), General Insurance (Reliance Insurance Limited), Housing Finance (National Housing Finance and Investments Limited), IDLC Finance Limited and Pubali Bank Limited.

Mr. Shamsur Rahman
Director

Mr. Shamsur Rahman joined the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Lamps Limited in September 1993, soon after taking over the ownership of the Company by Transcom Limited.

Mr. Rahman is also the Director of Transcom Electronics Limited (distributor of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Midea, Sanford, Siemens and Transtec household appliances), Mediastar Limited (Publishers of PROTHOM ALO, world’s largest Bengali Newspaper), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FM Radio Station), M. Rahman Tea Company Limited (Saif Tea Estate), Marina Tea Company Limited, Monipur Tea Company Limited, Mediaworld Limited (Publishers of the country’s leading English language newspaper – THE DAILY STAR) and Reliance Insurance Limited.

Mr. Akhtar Ahmed
Independent Director

Mr. Akhtar Ahmed was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Lamps Limited on 24th December, 2018 as an Independent Director.

After completing B.A. (Honours) and M.A. from Dhaka University in 1970, Mr. Ahmed joined Eastern Federal Union Insurance Company as an Executive Officer. Following the nationalization of insurance industry in Bangladesh in 1972, his services were absorbed in Sadharan Bima Corporation. In 1981 he joined Asian Reinsurance Corporation, Bangkok, an inter-governmental organization set up by the United Nations and served in various Managerial position till 1989. In 1989 he joined Arab Insurance Group (ARIG), one of the largest Re-insurance Company of the Middle East at that time and served for 14 years in various positions as Chief Manager, Regional General Manager and Chief Executive of its Far East operations, based in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Ahmed returned back home in 2003 and served as Managing Director of Sadharan Bima Corporation till February 2004. He joined Reliance Insurance Limited as its Managing Director & CEO in March 2005 and served in that capacity till March 2014.

Mr. Ahmed is a Chartered Insurer and Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute, UK.

Presently, Mr. Ahmed is engaged with Reliance Insurance Limited as Consultant to that Company.

Rokia Afzal RahmanMs. Rokia Afzal Rahman
Independent Director

Ms. Rokia Afzal Rahman was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Lamps Limited on October 19, 2020 as an Independent Director. She is a leading woman entrepreneur. She started her agro-based company and further diversified her business into insurance, media, financial institution and real estate.

Ms. Rahman is the Vice President of International Chamber of Commerce – ICC Bangladesh. She is the Chairman of R.R. Group & Arlinks Group of Companies, R. R. Trust, Chairperson of Mediaworld Limited (owning company of “The Daily Star”). She is a Director of MIDAS Financing Limited, Mediastar Limited (the owning company of “Prothom Alo”) and Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FM Radio Station – ABC Radio). She is an independent director of Marico Bangladesh Limited.

She is a former Adviser (Minister) to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh. She served as a Board Member of the Central Bank of Bangladesh, and the President of Bangladesh Employers Federation – BEF. She was also a Director of Reliance Insurance Limited. She is the former President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industries – MCCI, Dhaka.
Ms. Rokia Afzal Rahman is the Chairperson of Banchte Shekha, Jessore – working for the underprivileged and extremely poor. She is a board member of Subarta Trust – ensuring effective care & services for elderly persons. She is also a board member of MRDI (Management and Resource Development Initiative) and DNET. Mrs. Rahman served on the board of BRAC.

She is the founder President of Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (BFWE). In 1994, the first Women Entrepreneurs Association (WEA) was formed in Bangladesh with Rokia Afzal Rahman as founder President. In 1996 Mrs. Rahman formed Women in Small Enterprises (WISE) to further promote women into small enterprises and industries.

Ms. Rahman is the Chairman of Presidency University.

She has received several international and national awards.