Tuesday May 21, 2019
The TCS Group, the country’s largest logistics services infrastructure, has announced two senior level appointments on the occasion of its 36th anniversary.
These appointments are a part of TCS’s ambitious growth plans to realise the true potential of its platform and continue delivering value for its customers nationwide and globally, whilst also connecting new regional trade lanes and deepening access to grassroot communities.
Faizan is an accomplished growth-hacker with experience in steering institutions towards digital transformation, revenue diversification and operational maturity.
Most recently he served as the MD responsible for digital growth, platform modernization & monetization at the Jang Media Group.
Formerly the MD at Digital Globe Services and a Board Member of its Asian Subsidiary; building and growing its global technology & service delivery center to a 1,000 resources in Pakistan, leading to a successful IPO on the LSE:AIM. Prior to that he was the Associate Director at KPMG Middle East in the Performance Advisory space.
Before KPMG, he was the Global Head of Client Services at Afiniti, where he led the global delivery teams for a specialized Artificial Intelligence Platform. He is Six Sigma Black Belt Certified both from his time at General Electric Advanced Materials in Holland and Tyco International in the US.
Faizan has a BS from Purdue University and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a past Sr. Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Software Houses Association.
Faizan serves on the Board of Advisors for the Nest i/o. He is a Certified Director from the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance. Faizan is also a Global Mentor at the Google Launch Pad Accelerator Program. Additionally, he serves as a Customer Advisory Board Member with Google Chrome.
Harris Jamali brings over a decade of international strategic and financial advisory experience and in-depth sector expertise across the transport and logistics value chain.
Based out of London, Harris worked regularly with global blue-chips as well as regional players across all major markets from the US, UK, Europe, Latin America, India, China and the Middle East executing announced public and private transactions worth over $150bn.
Key clients span across the full spectrum of asset heavy to asset light, and increasingly, technology enabled logistics platforms, where he has been instrumental in shaping strategic directions and driving new ideas. Starting his career at Merrill Lynch (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch), Harris spent seven years within the EMEA Industrials team before moving across to Jefferies International where he was a Senior Director focusing on Transport and Logistics.
Harris graduated with a BSc in Mathematics and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Going forward, Muhammad Harris Jamali will be Group Head of Strategy and Faizan Siddiqi will be the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Digital Transformation.
While the above two are Group Holding company appointments, the operating companies TCS Pvt Ltd and TCS Logistics Pvt Ltd continue under the leadership of Salman Akram, as CEO who has been with TCS for the past 15 years progressing from Head of Sales to his current position as CEO of the two main operating companies of the group.
In his 36th anniversary and Eid message to TCS employees and partners, the Group’s Founding Chairman Mr Khalid Awan said TCS today is the “logistics backbone of the country” on the basis of its operational infrastructure and its customer-base spanning the entire spectrum of the economy.
Customers rely on TCS to fulfil many needs, ranging from complex supply chain solutions for business clients to simple deliveries for customers who walk-in to its 950 express centres nationwide. In the process, TCS provides employment to thousands across the country, some in places where minimal commerce exists.
The TCS Group is also undergoing a well-planned leadership transition to the next generation, with Khalid Awan’s two children assuming responsibilities of significance.
This transition provides continuity in terms of the family’s commitment and stewardship of the business, and gives confidence to employees and customers that TCS is poised to grow into a global company in the decades ahead.
Khalid Awan’s daughter Saira has recently been appointed the CEO of the Group Holding Company. A corporate lawyer, Saira has a BA from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Cambridge, and was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn.
She worked for six years in London at a top US corporate law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, where she practiced general corporate and capital markets work. Saira joined the family business in 2016 as Vice Chairperson of the Board.
Khalid Awan’s son Qasim graduated from Toronto’s York University and the Cass Business School in London. He worked in the UAE before joining TCS in 2013. Qasim has oversight of the Company’s fastest growing business which is e-commerce deliveries.
Qasim is a PICG qualified director, and recently attend the National Defence University’s International CPEC workshop in China and Gwadar.
Enthusiastic about the future, Khalid Awan says “Our most precious assets are our seasoned and vibrant employees, and our loyal and valued customers whom we have served for decades.”