Mr. Latifur Rahman is the Chairman and CEO of Transcom Group, with annual turnover of around Taka 33 billion, employing over 10 thousand people. The business originated with tea plantations in 1885.
Group companies dealing with beverages, electronics, pharmaceuticals, fast food, distributions, print media and tea include, Transcom Beverages Limited ( Pepsi), Transcom Electronics Limited (licensed manufacturers of PHILIPS lighting products), Eskayef Bangladesh Limited (leading pharmaceutical manufacturer – formerly SmithKline & French SK&F), Transcom Foods Limited (sole franchisee of Pizza Hut & KFC), Transcom Mobile Limited (exclusive National Distributor of SAMSUNG mobile handsets), Transcom Distribution Company Limited (distribution of pharmaceuticals – SK&F, NOVO NORDISK, SERVIER, ALLERGAN and consumer brands – Frito Lay, Heinz, Wrigley, Mars, Ferrero, Energizer, Schick, L’Oreál, Garnier, ConAgra Foods), Mediastar Limited (Publishers of the PROTHOM ALO, leading vernacular newspaper of Bangladesh ) and Tea Holdings Limited. Major stakeholders in Mediaworld Limited (Publishers of THE DAILY STAR - the largest circulated English Daily of Bangladesh),Reliance Insurance Limited and National Housing Finance and Investments Limited.
He is Chairman of the two leading Swiss companies, namely Nestlé Bangladesh Limited & Holcim Cement (Bangladesh) Limited and National Housing Finance & Investments Limited. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), the world’s largest NGO.
Mr. Rahman is currently the Vice President of International Chamber of Commerce – Bangladesh.
He is a former President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dhaka and held the position for seven terms. He is also a former President of Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (two terms) and Member, Executive Committee, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI), Bangladesh Jute Mills Association and Bangladesh Tea Association.
Mr. Latifur Rahman had been closely involved with the fiscal and trade policy making bodies of the Government as Chairman, Tradebody Reforms Committee, Member – Bangladesh Better Business Forum, Advisory Committee on WTO, National Committee on Export Promotion and Consultative Committee on Jute. He was Member of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank (Bangladesh Bank).
Mr. Rahman is an Honouree of “Oslo Business for Peace Award 2012” and was awarded Business Executive of the Year 2001 by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh.