Members of the Board

Kamran Y. Mirza

Independent Director

Kamran qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the United Kingdom and started his career in Pakistan as an auditor with A. F. Ferguson & Co. In December 1970, Kamran became Chief Financial Officer at Abbott Laboratories (Pakistan) Limited, a multinational pharmaceutical and health care company. He became one of the youngest Managing Directors of his time in 1977 and remained Managing Director at Abbott Pakistan for 29 years.

He held the position of Chairman Export Processing Zones Authority from 2007 to 2009 and then joined PBC (Pakistan Business Council) as its Chief Executive Officer, a position he currently holds.

In addition to serving as Chairman of Unilever Foods and Education Fund for Sindh (EFS), Kamran also serves as Director on the Boards of Abbott Laboratories and International Steel (ISL) and Karwan-e-Hayat Institute for Mental Health Care. Further, he represents PBC on the Board of BOI (Board of Investment) and other Government Bodies/Institutions.

Other key roles Kamran has filled in includes Chairman of Pakistan Mercantile Exchange Ltd. (PMEX) – formerly National Commodity Exchange Ltd. (NCEL), Chairman of Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE), President of Overseas Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI), President of American Business Council (ABC), and Chairman of Pharma Bureau (Association of Pharmaceutical Multinationals).

He further served as a director on the boards of: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Pakistan Steel (PS), National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), Pakistan Textile City Limited, Competitiveness Support Fund (CSF), Genco Holding Company, and NAVTEC.

Kamran has also been a past Chairman of a Task Force set up by Planning Commission on Pharmaceutical Industry, a member of the Economic Advisory Board of the Federal Government and Sindh Wild Life Board. He has served as a Member on Quality Control Board of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. He also lectures regularly at the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG).

Joao Manuel

Managing Director

Joao has an impressive 20-year career at PMI. He started as an Operations Trainee in Switzerland and in 1998 progressed his international career as Manufacturing Development Manager in Portugal. Since then, his career in Operations has spanned many markets across the European Union (EU), Eastern Europe & Middle East (EEMA) and Latin America & Canada (LA&C) in Manufacturing, Engineering and Planning. In 2004, Joao was first appointed Director Operations in Romania, a position he subsequently held in Serbia and Argentina, and in 2011 was appointed VP Operations EEMA Region.

Under Joao’s leadership, the EEMA Operations organization has consistently performed at an excellent level and showed an impressive mindset for continuous improvement. Joao’s contribution to the EEMA Management team as well as his effective leadership, entrepreneurial capability, and drive for results have left a mark in the region, and will be highly valued as he brings these attributes to Asia.


Lt. Gen. (R) Tariq Khan

Independent Director

Lt. Gen. (R) Tariq Khan is a three star general and has been awarded with Hilal-e-Imtiaz Military, the United States Military Legion of Merit, The Liberation of Kuwait medal and the Defence of Saudi Arabia Medal. He retired recently and is recognized as a combat commander who led forces in FATA and Malakand Divisions in varying capacities . He is a graduate of Command and Staff College Quetta and National Defense University Islamabad. He also holds Master Degree in War Studies. He has served on the faculty of Command and Staff College Quetta and National Defense University Islamabad. Since his retirement, he is on the honorary faculty of renowned institutions including National Defence University as a senior mentor. The General possesses vast experience as adviser to the leading corporate entities and is currently Chief Executive & Managing Director of Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited, FFC Energy Limited and Fauji Fresh n Freeze Limited.

Muhammad Zeeshan


Zeeshan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006 from Pakistan. He started his career in Philip Morris as Manager Marketing Finance for PMPKL in 2008. Since then he has assumed various roles across the function including a regional stint in Hong Kong. His experience in Internal Controls, Business Development & Planning and Zone Manager in Commercial led him to Lausanne, where he spent the last 2 years as Manager Corporate Financial Planning & Reporting.

Lim Khang Wei


Wei is a qualified Chartered Accountant from Australia and New Zealand and has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Accounting from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He started his career at Philip Morris International in 2006 and has since held multiple senior positions in Finance. Currently, he holds the position of Director Internal Controls Asia for Philip Morris International.

Pattaraporn Auttaphon


Auttaphon has a Bachelor and Master degrees of Business Administration from Thammasat University, Thailand. She started her career with Philip Morris Thailand in 2001 as Accounting Supervisor, followed by several positions of increasing responsibilities within Finance including Procurement, Treasury, Planning and Business Development. Presently she holds the position of Controller South and South East Asia with Philip Morris International.

Michael Scharer


Scharer started his career in 1992 in the Tobacco industry as an Engineer at the Operations division of Austria Tobacco (Vienna) till 1997. After that, he joined Philip Morris Germany as a Management Trainee and progressed through various positions and roles including Project Lead SAP Implementation, till 2001. Since then he has worked across various PMI Global affiliates in progressively responsible positions. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering & Business Management from Technical University of Vienna.

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