Mr. Latifur Rahman is the Chairman and CEO of Transcom Group, ICC Bangladesh Vice President, Chairman, Nestlé Bangladesh, Holcim Bangladesh (world leader in cement) and National Housing Finance & Investments. Director, Linde Bangladesh (formerly British Oxygen) and Member, Governing Body of Brac, world’s largest NGO.
Transcom, originated with tea plantations in 1885, is now one of the largest corporate houses in Bangladesh, comprising 16 public and private companies, employing more than 10,000 people. Transcom Group of companies include: Transcom Beverages Limited (sole franchisee of PEPSI), Transcom Foods Limited (sole franchisee of Pizza Hut & KFC), Transcom Electronics Limited (licensed manufacturer of PHILIPS lighting products), Transcom Mobile Limited (exclusive National Distributor of SAMSUNG mobile handsets), Eskayef Bangladesh Limited (leading pharmaceutical manufacturer – formerly SmithKline & French SK&F), Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd. (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). Transcom owns Mediastar Limited (Publishers of The Daily PROTHOM ALO – the largest Bengali Daily Newspaper), Tea Holdings Limited (Tea Plantations), major stakeholders in Mediaworld Limited (Publishers of The DAILY STAR – the largest circulated English Daily of Bangladesh).
He was President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dhaka for seven terms; President of Bangladesh Employers’ Federation for two terms and Member of Executive Committee of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Bangladesh Jute Mills Association and Bangladesh Tea Association.
He was Member of the Executive Board of Bangladesh Bank (Central Bank). He has been closely involved with 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, Consultative Committee on Jute.
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. On 3rd December 2012, The Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bangladesh (NCCI) conferred the Honorary Membership to Mr. Latifur Rahman in recognition to his contributions towards the development of Bangladeshi business in the global arena.