Asad Said Jafar
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Asad Said Jafar, has held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Signify Pakistan Limited (formerly Philips Pakistan Limited) since 2009. Prior to this, he was Director Supply Chain, for Philips Lighting ASEAN from 2006 to 2008. Asad has extensive manufacturing, supply chain, business excellence and general management experience and has held various leadership roles at Philips including overseas expatriate postings to Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore from 2001 to 2008. Asad joined Philips in 1998 as Supply Chain Manager at Philips Pakistan Limited. He has driven the transformation and revitalization of the Philips business in Pakistan to become a focused lighting technology company offering a complete range of conventional and LED lighting solutions including its connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, design services and turnkey solutions. He has also steered the transition of the company from Philips to Signify in Pakistan. Before Philips, Asad worked at ICI Pakistan Limited from 1988 to 1996, joining them as a Management Trainee and then moving on to various roles in projects, plant maintenance, design and engineering planning before leaving the company to pursue an MBA degree.
Asad served as the President of Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) in 2014 and as its Vice President in 2013. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Engro Fertilizers Limited. Previously he has served on the Board of Directors of Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG) and Engro Polymer & Chemicals Limited and has been a member of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Corporate Leaders Advisory Board (ICLAB). He has also served as a member of International Advisory Board at NED University of Engineering and Technology. He has participated regularly in Karachi School of Business & Leadership’s CEO mentorship program. Asad holds an Electrical Engineering (BE) degree from the NED University of Engineering & Technology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Imperial College Business School, London, UK where he studied as a Chevening scholar.
Asad has completed several management development programs including the ‘Leading a Business’ program at Ashridge Business School, UK. He attended the ‘Philips Simplicity Brand 1000’programme at the Chicago Graduate School of Business (London campus) as well as the ‘Business Marketing Strategy’ program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA. He is often invited to address business professionals and student audiences at corporate and academic events.