Areas of Expertise
  • Business transformation
  • Restructuring and turnaround
  • Integration
  • Growth strategy
  • M&A transaction support
  • MBA, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • BS, engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • MBA, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Adnan, is a veteran banker and has recently joined the team of First Solutions as the Managing Partner and is also the Chief Executive of the company’s alliance with Aiimi. Adnan has extensive experience of working in the Middle East and North African region and will focus on expanding the company’s business in the region.

Adnan in his professional career, which is spread over 25 years, has worked at the senior management positions for some of the leading global organizations like American Express, Citigroup, and Barclays Bank. Having worked in multiple geographies and multiple disciplines, Adnan brings a unique combination of experience, wisdom, and strategic thinking to First Solutions. His thorough understanding of various markets, businesses, and organizations will form the basis of First Solutions’ future growth.

Adnan started his career with American Express in Pakistan and was instrumental in the launch of Pakistan’s first Credit Card. He was responsible for setting up and managing key functions like operations and customer services for the business.

Following American Express Adnan joined Citigroup where he worked for more than 16 years. In the initial eight years, Adnan worked in various business units in Pakistan, including Credit Cards, Branch Banking, Car Loans before becoming Treasurer for the Consumer Bank, and member of the Country Management Committee.

Adnan’s first assignment outside Pakistan was with Citibank Egypt, where he as the CFO of the business and played a key role in setting up and building of the consumer bank franchise. Adnan worked in this role for a period of three years before moving on to Turkey as the Card Business Manager in 2002. In his new role, Adnan turned around the loss‐making credit card business into one of the leading revenue-generating business for the Bank. After the successful business role in Turkey, Adnan moved back to Finance. Initially, he was asked to take on the role of CFO – Consumer Bank for Turkey, Middle and Africa, and then moved to become the Divisional CFO for Corporate and Investment Bank covering ten markets in the MENA region.

In late 2006, Adnan joined Barclays, as CFO Emerging Markets – covering markets in Africa, Asia, and Russia. Adnan in this role was responsible for Finance, Treasury, Legal, Business Development, and Strategy. During the period, Emerging Markets experienced exponential revenue and balance sheet growth. Adnan also led Barclays acquisition in Russia, Indonesia, and spearheaded the organic entry in Pakistan.

We are excited that Adnan has decided to join First Solutions and to become a key partner.

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