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 Transcom Limited took over the ownership of the Company. She was appointed as Chairperson of the Company on April 04, 2013.

Ms. Rahman is the Chairman & Managing Director of Transcom Limited and Chairman of all the subsidiary companies under Transcom Group. She is a Director of Reliance Insurance Limited and Mediaworld Limited.

Group companies include: Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (one of the leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergan and consumer brands – L’Oréal, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Unilever International and Zydus Wellness), Transcom Beverages Ltd. (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Tropicana, Aquafina), Mediastar Ltd. (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali news source), Transcom Consumer Products Ltd. (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world – Lay’s, Kurkure, Quaker Oats), Transcom Electronics Ltd. (manufacturing & distribution of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, and Transtec household appliances), Global Appliances Ltd. (A Joint Venture Company with Whirlpool), Bangladesh Lamps Ltd. (manufacturer of lighting products), Transcom Foods Ltd. (sole franchisee of Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut & KFC), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Ltd. (leading FM Radio Station), Tea Holdings Ltd., Transcraft Ltd. (modern printing press), W. Rahman Jute Mills Ltd., Transfin Trading Ltd. and Trinco Ltd.

Transcom Limited is 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 the Managing Director & CEO of the Company since 15th September 2020.

Ms. Simeen Rahman is a Bangladeshi businesswoman and is the Group CEO of Transcom Limited and serves as a Board Director of all Transcom Group Companies. Transcom is one of the largest and most diversified conglomerates in the country. She presides over all Transcom Group companies with operational and management control.

Group companies include: Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (one of the leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergan and consumer brands – L’Oréal, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Unilever International and Zydus Wellness), Transcom Beverages Ltd. (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Tropicana, Aquafina), Mediastar Ltd. (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali news source), Transcom Consumer Products Ltd. (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world – Lay’s, Kurkure, Quaker Oats), Transcom Electronics Ltd. (manufacturing & distribution of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, and Transtec household appliances), Global Appliances Ltd. (A Joint Venture Company with Whirlpool), Bangladesh Lamps Ltd. (manufacturer of lighting products), Transcom Foods Ltd. (sole franchisee of Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut & KFC), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Ltd. (leading FM Radio Station), Tea Holdings Ltd., Transcraft Ltd. (modern printing press), W. Rahman Jute Mills Ltd., Transfin Trading Ltd. and Trinco Ltd.

Transcom Limited is 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.

In addition to being the Group CEO of Transcom Limited, Ms. Simeen Rahman is also the Managing Director & CEO of certain Transcom subsidiaries. Ms. Rahman serves as the Managing Director & CEO of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Eskayef has a presence across 67 countries. Eskayef is the first company in the world to partner with Novo Nordisk to manufacture modern pen-fill insulin and the first companies in the world to launch first generic Remdesivir, Molnuvpiravir and Paxlovid to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Eskayef has been accredited with the prestigious US FDA approval for both its injectable and oral products, the first of its kind in Bangladesh and among a handful in both South and Southeast Asia.

She is also the Managing Director & CEO of Transcom Beverages Ltd. (Exclusive franchise of PepsiCo Beverages), Transcom Consumer Products Ltd. (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world) and of Bangladesh’s largest distribution company, Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd.

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

 

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 Ltd. (one of the leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergan and consumer brands – L’Oréal, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Unilever International and Zydus Wellness), Transcom Beverages Ltd. (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Tropicana, Aquafina), Mediastar Ltd. (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali news source), Transcom Consumer Products Ltd. (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world – Lay’s, Kurkure, Quaker Oats), Transcom Electronics Ltd. (manufacturing & distribution of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, and Transtec household appliances), Global Appliances Ltd. (A Joint Venture Company with Whirlpool), Bangladesh Lamps Ltd. (manufacturer of lighting products), Transcom Foods Ltd. (sole franchisee of Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut & KFC), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Ltd. (leading FM Radio Station), Tea Holdings Ltd., Transcraft Ltd. (modern printing press), W. Rahman Jute Mills Ltd., Transfin Trading Ltd. and Trinco Ltd.

Transcom Limited is 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 Ltd. (one of the leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergan and consumer brands – L’Oréal, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Unilever International and Zydus Wellness), Transcom Beverages Ltd. (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Tropicana, Aquafina), Mediastar Ltd. (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali news source), Transcom Consumer Products Ltd. (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world – Lay’s, Kurkure, Quaker Oats), Transcom Electronics Ltd. (manufacturing & distribution of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, and Transtec household appliances), Global Appliances Ltd. (A Joint Venture Company with Whirlpool), Bangladesh Lamps Ltd. (manufacturer of lighting products), Transcom Foods Ltd. (sole franchisee of Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut & KFC), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Ltd. (leading FM Radio Station), Tea Holdings Ltd., Transcraft Ltd. (modern printing press), W. Rahman Jute Mills Ltd., Transfin Trading Ltd. and Trinco Ltd.

Transcom Limited is 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. 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, Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (one of the leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergan and consumer brands – L’Oréal, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Unilever International and Zydus Wellness), Transcom Beverages Ltd. (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Tropicana, Aquafina), Mediastar Ltd. (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali news source), Transcom Consumer Products Ltd. (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world – Lay’s, Kurkure, Quaker Oats), Transcom Electronics Ltd. (manufacturing & distribution of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, and Transtec household appliances), Transcom Foods Ltd. (sole franchisee of Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut & KFC), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Ltd. (leading FM Radio Station), Tea Holdings Ltd., Transcraft Ltd. (modern printing press), W. Rahman Jute Mills Ltd., Transfin Trading Ltd., Trinco Ltd. and M. Rahman Tea Company Limited (Saif Tea Estate).

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 Director of Monipur Tea Company Limited, Marina Tea Company Limited & M. Rahman Tea Company Limited. He is also 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 Ltd. (one of the leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers – formerly SmithKline & French), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (distribution of pharmaceuticals – Eskayef, Novo Nordisk, Servier, Allergan and consumer brands – L’Oréal, Garnier, Heinz, Mars, Abbott Nutrition, Energizer, Schick, Unilever International and Zydus Wellness), Transcom Beverages Ltd. (sole Bangladesh franchisee of PepsiCo Beverages, USA – Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Evervess, Slice, Tropicana, Aquafina), Mediastar Ltd. (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali news source), Transcom Consumer Products Ltd. (first ever PepsiCo Foods Franchisee in the world – Lay’s, Kurkure, Quaker Oats), Transcom Electronics Ltd. (manufacturing & distribution of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, and Transtec household appliances), Global Appliances Ltd. (A Joint Venture Company with Whirlpool), Bangladesh Lamps Ltd. (manufacturer of lighting products), Transcom Foods Ltd. (sole franchisee of Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut & KFC), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Ltd. (leading FM Radio Station), Tea Holdings Ltd., Transcraft Ltd. (modern printing press), W. Rahman Jute Mills Ltd., Transfin Trading Ltd. and Trinco Ltd.

Transcom Limited is 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 Ltd. (manufacturing & distribution of Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin, Hitachi, Panasonic, and Transtec household appliances), Mediastar Ltd. (Publishers of Prothom Alo, world’s largest Bengali news source), Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Ltd. (leading 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.

 

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. She is also the Chairman of Mediaworld Limited (owning company of “The Daily Star”) and MIDAS Financing Limited. Ms. Rokia Afzal Rahman is a director of Mediastar Limited (the owning company of “Prothom Alo”) and Ayna Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FM Radio Station – ABC Radio).

Ms. Rokia Afzal 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. 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, Ms. Rahman formed Women in Small Enterprises (WISE) to further promote women into small enterprises and industries.

Ms. Rahman is the former Chairman of Presidency University.

She has received several international and national awards.

 

Mr. Md. Habibur Rahman Mollah FCA
Independent Director

Mr. Md. Habibur Rahman Mollah was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Lamps Limited on 1st January 2022 as an Independent Director.

Mr. Mollah, a fellow member of the Institution of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB), completed his graduation and post–graduation degree in Accounting from the Dhaka University and later qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the ICAB. He carries over 39 years of experience of serving the key positions in the areas of corporate and financial management in various capacities including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, etc. with multi-disciplinary business organizations. Mr. Mollah was Director to the Board of IDLC Finance Limited for about seven years and Reliance Insurance Limited for about one and half years.

He is also an Independent Director and member of Audit Committee of the Board of Reliance Insurance Limited.