Abrar A. Anwar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Malaysia has been elected as Chairman of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Berhad (BMCC) effective 25 August 2020.
His appointment was decided upon following the 2nd BMCC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Kuala Lumpur. Abrar succeeds Andrew Sill, Managing Director and Country Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC Malaysia who served as BMCC Chairman for the past five years.
Abrar has close to 30 years of experience in corporate and investment banking and his career has brought him to countries such as India, the UK and Bangladesh. Abrar has achieved many successes including setting up the first “Syndication and Structured Finance” business in Bangladesh along with the successful closure of milestone transactions in the energy and power, infrastructure, telecom, aviation, domestic and export-oriented industries. As Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Malaysia, Abrar is an instrumental figure in implementing the Bank’s business strategies and overall corporate governance in Malaysia. Abrar has served on the BMCC Board since 2017, having assumed previous roles as the Chamber’s Treasurer and most recently Co-Deputy Chairman.
Commenting on his latest appointment, Abrar said, “I am delighted and honoured to take the helm as BMCC Chairman. There is an illustrious history to the BMCC and I have seen it accomplish great things in recent years. I look forward to working with the Board, the Executive Office and fellow members to create an environment in which both UK and Malaysian businesses can prosper, capture trade and investment opportunities, thus strengthening bilateral trade relations between both countries.”